Langebaan also enchants thousands of Cormorants!
A sardine run attracted thousands of Cape Cormorants, Kelp Gull, Hartlaub’s Gull and a few unidentifiable tern species to the shores of Langebaan this past week. And from the photo you can see that they’re also partial to the beach smack-bang in front of Crystal Lagoon Lodge. It truly has been a sight to behold.
The Langebaan Lagoon is a nature lover’s dream. With hundreds of indigenous and migratory bird species and visiting Southern Right Whales, wildlife is abundant. Like a delicate little gem, the lagoon sits in a ring of semi-arid vegetation and beautiful white beaches. Its trademark azure-blue colouring has long fascinated visitors – avians and humans alike!
With the wetland areas being rich in plankton from the Benguela current, the lagoon sustains massive bird populations. Up to 70 000 migratory wading birds flock to the waters each summer to feed and breed. That’s also why the Langebaan Lagoon is a Ramsar site of international importance.
What’s quite unusual is that the lagoon is fed by the ocean, not a river – as is normally the case. This has given rise to numerous salt marshes and the wetland habitat in the south. The latter is frequented by thousands of Pink Flamingos, Crowned Cormorants, Kelp Gulls, Black Oystercatchers and Swift Terns. And some species visit us from as far afield as Siberia and Greenland.