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Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve-2 hours at the bird hide
Photos from the hide
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!