Selection of birds from Western Cape South Africa

I have been trying to catalogue the birds I saw on my recent trip to Cape Town and have created this page.

It is still a work in progress and I hope my young birdwatching friends Pierre and Gregory in Cape Town will help me to check and identify the birds (I would be pleased for anyone to help me with this project).

Although this was not a birdwatching trip there were plenty of opportunities to see and photograph a large selection of birds in very pleasant conditions.

Birds photographed on visit to Cape Town in February/March 2018

Photo to be added = still to find in library
Name only = identified but not photographed

Order taken from:
Pocket Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
Burger Cillié
Ulrich Oberprieler

Group 1: Flying waterbirds

DSC08754Kelp Gull

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DSC07396Hartlaub Gull

DSC00473Swift Tern

DSC00727Common Tern

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DSC00369Swift Tern

 

Group 2: Swimming and diving waterbirds

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DSC08583Cape Cormorant

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DSC07994Bank Cormorant

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DSC00404African Penguin

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DSC01794Great White Pelican

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DSC09724Yellow-billed Duck

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DSC00823Egyptian Geese (with Common Greenshank)

DSC01546Spur-winged Goose

DSC07557African Black Duck

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Cape Teal
Red-knobbed Coot

DSC00946Common Moorhen

Photo to be added
Little Grebe

Group 3: Larger birds with long legs

DSC00191Grey Heron

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DSC01962Black-headed Heron

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DSC09666Little Egret

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DSC01917Western Cattle Egret

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DSC01790Greater Flamingo

DSC01815Maribou Stork

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DSC00850African Sacred Ibis

DSC09312Glossy Ibis

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DSC02028Hadeda Ibis

DSC09916Grey Crowned Crane

Group 4: Smaller birds with long legs

DSC02644Spotted Thick-knee

DSC01906Water Thick-knee

DSC01898Three-banded Plover

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DSC09348Blacksmith Lapwing

DSC00988Common Greenshank

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Bar-tailed godwit and little stints

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Curlew Sandpiper
Red Knot
Little Stint
Sanderling

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African Black Oystercatcher

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DSC01058Pied Avocet

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DSC01845Black-winged Stilt 

Group 5: Gamebirds (Fowl-like birds)

DSC02345Helmeted Guineafowl

 

Group 6: Birds of prey (raptors)

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DSC01473African Marsh Harrier

DSC00016Rock Kestrel

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DSC02729Spotted Eagle-Owl

 

Group 7: Fruit-eaters

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Group 8: Birds with long straight bills

Group 9: Birds with long decurved bills

DSC08168? Hornbill

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DSC07770Female Southern or Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Group 10: Aerial insectivores

DSC01243Barn Swallows

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Group 11a: Insectivores with stout bills

DSC01239Unidentified

DSC01873White-necked Raven

 

Group 11b: Insectivores with medium-sized bills

DSC01884Long-billed Pipit

DSC01890Cape Wagtail

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DSC02881Cape Bulbul

DSC01111Cape Grassbird

DSC02763Cape Robin-Chat

DSC02755Olive Thrush

DSC01146Fiscal ? Flycatcher

DSC08589Red-winged Starling

Group 11c: Small insectivores with tiny bills

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Cape White-eye ?

DSC00796Karoo Prinia

Group 12: Seed-eaters

DSC09966Cape Sparrow

DSC08911.jpgCommon Waxbill

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DSC08900Pin-tailed Whydah

DSC09954Cape Bunting

DSC09810White-throated Canary

 

Still to be identified (some very poor photographs but included for indentification)

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Swee Waxbill

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DSC07702Cape Batis ?

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