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Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve-2 hours at the bird hide

Updated on October 27, 2012

Photos from the hide

Weaver feeding chick that is much bigger than the mother
Weaver feeding chick that is much bigger than the mother | Source
Open wide
Open wide | Source
Red-headed Quelea a rare visitor for this area.
Red-headed Quelea a rare visitor for this area. | Source
Common Waxbill
Common Waxbill | Source
Very bossy Pin-tailed Whydah
Very bossy Pin-tailed Whydah | Source
Bronze Mannekin in feeder
Bronze Mannekin in feeder | Source


Birding the Nahoon Nature Reserve from the Bird hide.


We have had two weeks of heavy rain and flooding in the Easter Cape of South Africa. Yesterday at last the sun came out and so I headed for a couple of hours birding at the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve. The conditions were intermittent overcast and sunny with a few showers and so conditions were not perfect for photography but at the same time I managed to list 17 different bird species in the two hours I spent there. Here are a few photos I managed to take in the difficult conditions.

What was particularly interresting about this visit was to watch the behaviour of birds as summer approaches and breeding season is in full swing. Some feeding their young and many young birds simply exploring their world.

The two kinds of birds feeding their young were Cape Weavers and Bronze Mannekin.

The Pintailed Whydah patrolled the feeding trays at the hide chasing away as many other birds as it could - often birds much larger than itself. A good example of a bird trying to defend its territory.

Some other interresting visitors included the beautiful but secretive Dark-backed Weaver and the Olive Thrush. They however refused to pose for photos. Pehaps next time!


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    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What great birds. Thanks for the wonderful pics.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks!

    • Nadene Seiters profile image

      Nadene Seiters 4 years ago from Elverson, PA

      Wow, great pictures! They're very colorful birds.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      We have some great birds in South Africa.

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