Cape Peninsula – Pelagic sea-birding
About the Birding
Trips typically depart Simonstown (or Hout Bay) at 7AM. The sea-birding starts immediately with the harbour playing host to common coastal species like Kelp, and Hartlaub’s Gulls, White-breasted, Cape, and Crowned Cormorants. African Oystercatchers and Swift (Great Crested) Terns can also be found.
A Simonstown departure travels south down the dramatic western False Bay coastline. African Penguins can be seen as the boat passing the famous Boulders Beach penguin colony. Terns, including Common and Sandwich Terns (both in summer), cormorants and Cape Gannets are common. The outcrops at Partridge Point are home to nesting Bank, and White-breasted Cormorants.
About the Birding Site
A Cape pelagic trip delivers an unrivalled mix of both coastal and pelagic seabird species. The spectacle of seeing hundreds, if not, thousands of seabirds behind a trawler ranks as one of the great global birding highlights.
The species that are encountered changes with the seasons. Winter is dominated by Southern Hemisphere breeders; while summer sees the arrival of Northern Hemisphere migrants. Spring and autumn are good for passage migrants.
Other Related Information
Most departures at 7AM are from Simonstown Harbour, or Hout Bay, with an early/mid-afternoon arrival back in port.
The tour company will provide you with all the details on appropriate gear, seasickness precautions and meeting place.