Western Cape Birding

Birding Routes in the Western Cape, South Africa

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Cape Bulbul_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.
A light mist rose above the chilly waters of the Breede River, as the sun lay low over the horizon, casting everything in a ghostly yellow-white glow. In the distance the harsh calls of a Giant Kingfisher carried across the still airwaves and even further away, cries of African Fish Eagles heralded in the new day. ...
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If the Cape Floristic Kingdom can be related to a human body, then without a doubt, the Kogelberg Biosphere is the heart. It is considered by many to be the core of the fynbos with an incredibly high diversity of species being found across its area.
Cape Sugarbird_©peter chadwick_African Conservation Photography
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, lying at the base of the Table Mountain chain and within the suburbs of Cape Town is world-renowned for its floral displays of the fynbos of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. This incredible diversity of plant life, in turn attracts the best of the Western Cape birds, including many of the highly sought after endemics and makes...
Juvenile Black-Winged Stilt by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The several thousand strong flock of Swift, Sandwich and Common Terns wheeled and spun in unison as though part of a single-being before dropping in small groups to land on the pure white beaches. After some initial shuffling and preening, the birds all turned to face into the wind with many tucking their heads into the feathers on their...
Adult black-browed Albatros by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The small group of people, clad in weather proof clothing, stood huddled around in the darkness, listening to John Graham expertly give his briefing about what we could expect on the trip that lay ahead of us. My mind was running in fast-forward, keen to get onto the boat and head out to sea on this chilly early morning....
Rufous Eared Warbler by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The old timers used to say that when the swallows begin to flock and swoop low over the ground, then “the rain she is a coming! “Well, it seems that there must be some truth in this saying, as within fifteen minutes of me watching a large flock of Barn Swallows, Greater-Striped Swallows, Black Swifts and White-Rumped Swifts swooping...
Knysna Woodpecker by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
As the first faint rays of light, over a distant horizon heralded the dawn of a new day, the rush hour began with a cacophony of sound and frenetic activity. The night shift of penetrating calls of Fiery-necked Nightjars and their “Good Lord Deliver us” praises and the screeches of the resident Barn Owls gave way to Bokmakerie and...
chestnut_vented_tit_babbler by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
To me Lamberts Bay is the epitome of the west coast where the cold nutrient rich waters of the Atlantic drive the daily life-cycles in this partially arid yet bio-diverse landscape. Take this together with the numerous small interspaced coastal towns, each with its own endless character and you have the makings of a really great birding adventure. ...
Common Ringed Plover by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Baden-Powel drive is one of the many roads that runs along the spectacular False Bay coastline and links various parts of the Cape Town metropole. The road which runs right next to the sandy beach front and crashing waves will often produce views of Cape Cormorants flying in their characteristic V-shaped skeins as well as endangered African Black Oystercatchers...
African penguin stretching by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
There has always been much debate over whether the meeting point of the cold Atlantic Ocean with the warm Indian Ocean is at Cape Point or at Cape Agulhas. One thing is for certain though; the entire southern tip of Africa is rightfully one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots!
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