Changing seasons, dawn and dusk, blend to fill a canvas of colour & variety,
Doornfontein is a joy for birding, with 144 varieties being spotted in a single weekend.

Cape West Coast Birding

The Cape West Coast has unrivalled geographical diversity. The Cape Floral Kingdom,(including Fynbos), spectacular land- and seascapes.

The West Coast offers the experience of birding in mountain, coastal, estuarine and sandveld habitats. The region is blessed with an abundance of birding "hotspots" that include 8 IBA's and 2 RAMSAR sites. Birders will delight in the many rare and native species. The Berg River region attracts large
numbers of flamingos, spoonbills, avocets and glossy ibis.

The West Coast is home to the Flamingo Birding Route. It stretches from Cape Town on the R27 coastal road northwards along the Atlantic seaboard to the mouth of the Olifants River, eastwards into the hinterland to include the Cederberg Mountains, and then turn southwards along the N7 highway back to Cape Town.

Ideal uncontaminated views of numerous bird species are visible on this spectacular route. The Berg River stretches for almost 300 km and is home to over 20 000 birds from over 183 species, of which at least 70 are water birds, making this site an IBA.

The area of the Lower Berg River area has become well known for spotting rare waders. In summer, over 8 000 migrant waders can be present here, especially Curlew sandpiper and Little stint. Much of the area is accessible and thus relatively easy to cover.

Rarities include Common Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Lesser Sand Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Eurasian Oystercatcher,
Pectoral Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper (possibly regular), Wilson's Phalarope, Red-tailed Tropicbird and Franklin's Gull.

The following list show the bird species available on the farm (in no specific order):

Cape Weaver Namaqua Dove South African Shelduck Diderick Cuckoo
Common Fiscal Red-billed Teal Little Swift Cloud Cisticola
Cape Sparrow Reed Cormorant White-eye White-necked Raven
Pied Crow Laughing Dove Little Egret White Stork
Cape Turtle-Dove Grey Heron Glossy Ibis Blue Crane
Common Starling Jackal Buzzard Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler Common Quail
Karoo Prinia Zitting Cisticola House Sparrow African Fish-Eagle
Black-shouldered Kite Black-winged Stilt Pied Kingfisher Common Greenshank
Southern Red Bishop Cape Teal Acacia Pied Barbet Spotted Eagle-Owl
Pied Starling Black-headed Heron Cape Robin-Chat Cardinal Woodpecker
Spur-winged Goose Yellow-billed Kite Red-faced Mousebird Martial Eagle
Yellow Canary Fiscal Flycatcher Rock Martin Karoo Lark
Southern Masked-Weaver Rock Kestrel Kelp Gull Black Sparrowhawk
Cape Wagtail Alpine Swift Familiar Chat African Black Swift
Cape Spurfowl Levaillant's Cisticola Barn Swallow Grey-winged Francolin
Helmeted Guineafowl Red-knobbed Coot Crowned Lapwing Southern Pochard
Speckled Pigeon Yellow Bishop Greater Flamingo Ruff
Egyptian Goose African Hoopoe Grey-backed Sparrowlark Water Thick-knee
Large-billed Lark Steppe Buzzard Lanner Falcon Malachite Kingfisher
Blacksmith Lapwing Red-capped Lark Anteating Chat Great Egret
African Sacred Ibis Grey-backed Cisticola Spotted Thick-knee Wood Sandpiper
Cape Bulbul White-rumped Swift Grey Tit Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk
White-backed Mousebird Southern Black Korhaan Pearl-breasted Swallow Wattled Starling
Bokmakierie Little Grebe Common Ostrich Cape Long-billed Lark
Capped Wheatear Greater Striped Swallow Lesser Swamp-Warbler Common Ringed Plover
Brown-throated Martin Malachite Sunbird African Marsh-Harrier Red-winged Starling
Karoo Scrub-Robin European Bee-eater Pied Avocet Bar-throated Apalis
White-throated Swallow African Spoonbill Pin-tailed Whydah Marsh Sandpiper
Chestnut-banded Plover Three-banded Plover Cape Longclaw Little Stint
Cattle Egret Red-eyed Dove Banded Martin Kittlitz's Plover
African Stonechat Cape Canary White-breasted Cormorant Yellow-billed Egret
Cape Shoveler White-throated Canary Common Waxbill Hamerkop
Hadeda Ibis Little Rush-Warbler Klaas's Cuckoo Cape Penduline-Tit
African Pipit African Darter Secretarybird Streaky-headed Seedeater
Yellow-billed Duck Great White Pelican Long-billed Crombec Black Harrier
Cape Bunting Caspian Tern Brimstone Canary European Roller
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Curlew Sandpiper

Birds by the Lake
Swallows at Dawn
Birds at Sunset