Birding in Chrissiesmeer
Aretha Strydom: Cell: 082 821 3081, has a passion for water birds. Please contact her to arrange a birding tour. Phone her for prices. Aretha has permission to go on private land and know where to get the special ones.
All three of South Africa’s crane species occur around Chrissiesmeer. This includes the Blue Crane (our National Bird), the Grey Crowned Crane and Wattled Crane. The fact that all three of these rare and beautiful birds occur here makes the area very special indeed.
From a crane’s perspective the Chrissiesmeer area is an absolute jewel year-round. During the summer months several Blue Crane pairs and a dozen or more Grey Crowned Crane pairs use this area for breeding. During winter a large flock of Grey Crowned Cranes can often be seen around some of the larger pans or in the harvested maize fields. The critically endangered Wattled Crane is more elusive and frequents some of the larger wetlands in the Lake District.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Highveld Grasslands Crane Conservation Project focuses much attention on the Chrissiesmeer cranes and you are welcome to contact the project co-ordinator, Ursula Franke, on 083 332 8859 with any crane sightings while visiting the area.