This is most probable not a known birding venue for most. Travelling from Ysterplaat to Tableview in Koeberg rd the sewage works entrance is on your left, just before you turn off in Blauwberg rd to Tableview. ( Near the old Killarny hotel )
It is important to note that you have to get permission at the on site office to bird the sewage. You will also have to sign a Indemnity form. There are 7 small pans and the sewage is also next to the Rietvlei lagoon. In Summer there are always birds on the pans. In Winter the pans are a bit quiet. We did however manage to see a respectable 42 species in about 2 hours. A very nice venue to visit and something special could always pop up here.
The best sighting for for the morning, was two Hottentot Teals , giving close up views and photograph opportunity.
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African Darter, African Marsh Harrier, African Sacred Ibis ,
African Spoonbill, Black-headed Heron, Blacksmith Lapwing,
Brown-throated Martin, Cape Bulbul, Cape Canary, Cape Shoveler,
Cape Spurfowl, Cape Teal, Cape Wagtail, Cape Weaver, Cape White-eye, Common Fiscal, Common Moorhen, Common Starling, Common Waxbill,
Egyptian Goose, Great White Pelican, Grey Heron, Hadeda Ibis,
Hartlaub's Gull, Helmeted Guineafowl, Hottentot Teal,
House Sparrow, Laughing Dove, Lesser Swamp Warbler,
Levaillant's Cisticola, Little Grebe, Little Rush Warbler,
Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Crow, Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-eyed Dove, Red-knobbed Coot, Reed Cormorant Rock Dove Speckled Pigeon White-breasted Cormorant Yellow-billed Duck
OK so now I have the new equipment and after some frustrating rainy
day's I finally had the chance to test it.
On a beautiful sunny day I shot out to Intaka Island. From my previous session with the lens I knew that the portrait photo's was sharp and clear. My main objective was to do some Bird In Flight Shots. With my previous equipment I was lucky to get maybe one in a hundred shots in focus. What immediately impressed me was how quick the autofocus was. I shot in AV mode. I had my ISO on 800 and my F stop on F5.6. This gave me a shutter speed of up to 4000. Although my panning skills can definitely improved , I still got about 5 keepers out of every 10 shots. By keepers I mean "In Focus". I started shooting at big water birds in flight. As my confidence grew I started shooting smaller birds. As can be seen by my photos, the smallest bird is a sparrow. Previously I battled to get a Sacred Ibis in focus. What also impressed me about the camera is how well it handles noise. All the flight shots was taken with ISO 800. As can be seen on the photo's the noise is minimal and can be easily cleared up with a noise program.
I for one is very happy with my purchase. I now have some gear that will allow me to constantly produce good Bird Photos.
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