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Bird Watching at Langebaan

Few know that Langebaan is well known among bird lovers for its excellent bird viewing opportunities and has been identified as a Important Bird Area (IBA) ,with more than 300 bird species. The Langebaan lagoon is  a wetland of international importance, for the thousands of seabirds, that use the lagoon's islands,salt marshes and beaches.

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West Coast Birding Route

The West Coast National Park does have a great deal to offer to both local and visiting birders.At Geelbek, you can find two well placed hides, overlooking the salt marches and mudflats.It is the best viewing spot to see the mix of wanders feeding, as the incoming and receding tides expose the mudflats.At the Seeberg hide, the best time is before or after high tide. At Abrahamskraal, this hide provides all day viewing, at this fresh waterhole.

With over 35 000 birds in the summer, you can look forward to spot not only flamingos, but also Cape cormorant, pied avocet,grey plover, gulls,terns, sandpipers, redknots, African penguin, black oystercatcher, black harrier and many more.

Within the Park, variety of bush birding is also available and outside the Park,the Black Eagle can be seen at the Olifantskop quarry cliffs, close to Club Mykonos.

Viewing Hides

Langebaan's Summer residents- wanders

One of the high lights on the annual birding calendar, is to view the migrant wanders at Langebaan. In March,these birds will gain weight rapidly to leave in April on their intercontinental travel to the Northern Hemisphere. This flying will take 8 days, over 13 000 km, over the Sahara desert and end as far as Siberia. Breeding time is short, before winter snow and by early July, the males return on their reverse journey. Females will return  August and juveniles in October. The West Coast National Park  embrace the return of these incredible migratory waders with respect and affection for what they endure during every tough migration. So grab your binoculars, bird guide and explore!

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