The Zeekoevlei Estuary is a small estuary that enters False Bay along Baden Powell drive, adjacent to the Strandfontein Sewerage Works.
The small mouth of this estuary migrates rapidly up and down the beach and several attempts have been made to stabilise these migration paths with little success.
Thus, the nature of this destination changes from week to week and the conditions on any specific day can be very different.
This small estuary regularly has a large flock of common terns roosting on it. The easy access and proximity to the road, makes approaching these birds slightly easier.
This is a great destination for photographing kelp gulls, especially when the young gulls fledge, but you can also expect to see a wide variety of water birds and sea birds. You can site either above or below the bridge.
The water body above the bridge is great for feeding kingfishers and terns as they swoop down to catch fish. Below the bridge you can see gulls bathing in the shallow estuary waters and also feeding on white mussel along the seashore. This feeding behaviour of the kelp gulls is very interesting to watch and photograph.
If the wind barriers are in place these make a perfect hide along witch you can make your way closer to the waters edge without disturbing the birds.
Note the wind breaks that act as cover for a stealthy approach (water levels and location varies)