We saw 17 species and what did we get? Another day older and deeper in debt! So Derek and Joe dont you call us cause we can now say, We have seen every damn lark in the RSA.
These are words of the song Bruce and I sang whilst on a wonderful trip with the Lark Kings of South Africa namely our very own Joe Grosel and Derek Engelbrecht.
Our trip took us through the drier regions of our country to the Northern Capes enchantingly beautiful Bushmanland and ended in the stunning Namib Desert surrounding Walvis Bay.
En route to Cape Town we visited Dronfontein near Kimberley and spent 3 days on a farm outside brandvlei before journeying to Veldrift on the coast. Our Southern Africa region boasts the greatest diversity of larks in the world and the areas we visited were home to many endemic species which our intrepid Joe and Derek identified and ticked off with remarkable ease. Most times Derek and Joe had identified the species before Bruce and I had even seen the bird.
Highlights of the trip were Derek becoming the first person in the world to ring a Black-eared Sparrowlark and more importantly to witness him ringing a Starks Lark and thus breaking the world record for the most different lark species ringed by any ringer.
Apart from the wonderful birding, many unforgettable moments were spent discussing the days adventures over sundowners whilst enjoying magnificent sunsets over vast open plains.
The beers were cold, the braai fires were hot and the company was warm whilst larking with Lark Kings.
Thank you Joe and Derek.