Thursday, November 20, 2008

South Africa Birding

Pin-Tailed Whydah



It's mid November and my traveling companion Bill Eden and I have recently returned from a birding/wildlife photographic safari in South Africa. Our trip took us over much of the country ranging from the pristine surrounding of Cape Town, the off shore pelagic environment of the Cape of Good Hope, along the Atlantic seaboard, the inland arid land known as the Great Karoo, the succulent forest and rugged mountains of the Cape peninsula garden route, and the internationally acclaimed Kruger Park. Our host and guides Patrick and Marie-Louise Cardwell of Avian Leisure present the country to us and deliver over 350 species of birds, many of which are endemic. Along the way we observed and photographed a wide range of wildlife in the incredible South African varied bio-diverse landscape.

The first few days of our trip are in and around the small coastal community of Simons Town. It is situated just about 10 miles north of the Cape of Good Hope on the western shore of what is known as False Bay. Bill and I explore and photograph birds in the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Coastal Park, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Cape of Good Hope Park, and the Strandfontein wetlands. All pictures taken with Leica C-Lux and V-Lux cameras and all digiscope shots are with a Swarovski spotting scope and a Cannon 540 point and shoot camera.



Blacksmith Lapwing Plover






Cape Weaver






Southern Red Bishop




Common Chaffinch





Cape Francolin and chicks




Cape Francolin





Spotted Eagle Owl





Cape Canary






Greater Flamingos




Black-Headed Heron





Great White Pelican





Black-Winged Stilt






Glossy Ibis






Reed Comorants




Cape Bunting






Whale breaching in False Bay






Southern Double-Collered Sunbird




Cape Bulbul





Spotted Prinia


Cape Sugarbirds





African Jackass Penguin


African Black Oystercatcher






nesting Cape Cormorant digiscoped with Swarovski scope & Cannon 540



Moon over S. A. digiscoped with Swarovski scope & Cannon 540


1 comment:

morningjoy said...

Your photos are fascinating! What an adventure you must have had. A couple in our camera club won a trip to Kenya and South Africa. They also had some incredible experiences and enjoyed good bird watching.