Birds & Animals

As we explore the reserve, we will add to this list the birds and animals that we have seen. If we see interesting animals and manage to get a photograph, we will add a separate post or put it on our Pinterest feed. The links will point to them from here, so that you can browse pictures taken at the reserve:


Pelecanidae (pelicans)

  • White Pelican

Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants)

  • Reed Cormorant

Ardeidae (herons & egrets)

  • Black-headed Heron
  • Cattle Egret

Scopidae (Hamerkop)

  • Hamerkop

Ciconiidae (storks)

Threskiornithidae (ibises)

  • Hadeda Ibis
  • African Sacred Ibis

Anatidae (ducks & geese)

  • Egyptian Goose
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Yellow-billed Duck
  • African Black Duck

Sagittariidae (secratarybird)

  • Secretarybird

Accipitridae (birds of prey)

  • Verreaux’s Eagle (Black Eagle)
  • Booted Eagle
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Black Harrier
  • African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene)
  • Jackal Buzzard
  • Steppe Buzzard
  • Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Yellow-billed Kite
  • Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • African Goshawk
  • Rock Kestrel

Pandionidae (osprey)

Phasianidae (francolins & quail)

  • Cape Spurfowl (Cape Francolin)
  • Common Quail

Numididae (guineafowl)

  • Helmeted Guineafowl

Gruidae (cranes)

  • Blue Crane

Columbidae (pigeons & doves)

  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Speckled Pigeon (Rock pigeon)
  • Rameron Pigeon

Cuculidae (cuckoos)

  • Black Cuckoo
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Burchell’s Coucal

Strigidae (owls)

  • Spotted Eagle Owl

Tytonidae (barn owls)

Caprimulgidae (nightjars)

  • Fiery-necked Nightjar

Apodidae (swifts)

  • Alpine Swift
  • Horus Swift
  • White-rumped Swift

Alcedinidae (kingfishers)

  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Brown-hooded Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher

Coliidae (mousebirds)

  • Red-faced Mousebird
  • Speckled Mousebird

Upupidae (hoopoe)

  • African Hoopoe

Indicatoridae (honeyguides)

  • Lesser Honeyguide

Picidae (woodpeckers)

  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Ground Woodpecker

Alaudidae (larks)

  • Cape Clapper Lark

Hirundinidae (swallows & martins)

  • Black Saw-wing Swallow
  • European Swallow (Barn swallow)
  • Greater-striped Swallow
  • Pearl-breasted Swallow
  • White-throated Swallow
  • Rock Martin

Dicruridae (drongos)

Corvidae (crows)

  • Pied Crow
  • White-necked Raven

Pycnonotidae (bulbuls)

  • Cape Bulbul

Turdidae (thrushes, chats & robins)

  • Olive Thrush
  • Cape Rock Thrush
  • Cape Rockjumper
  • Cape Robin-chat
  • Familiar Chat
  • Stonechat

Sylviidae (warblers)

Muscicapidae (flycatchers)

  • Cape Batis
  • African Dusky Flycatcher
  • Fiscal Flycatcher
  • Paradise Flycatcher

Motacillidae (wagtails & pipits)

Laniidae (shrikes)

  • Common Fiscal (Fiscal Shrike)

Malaconotidae (bush shrikes)

  • Bokmakierie
  • Southern boubou

Sturnidae (starlings)

  • Common Starling (European Starling)
  • Red-winged Starling

Promeropidae (sugarbirds)

  • Cape sugarbird

Nectariniidae (sunbirds)

  • Amethyst Sunbird (Black Sunbird)
  • Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Lesser Double-collared Sunbird)
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Orange-breasted Sunbird

Zosteropidae (white-eyes)

  • Cape White-eye

Ploceidae (sparrows, weavers & widowbirds)

  • House Sparrow
  • Cape Weaver
  • Red Bishop
  • Yellow Bishop (Yellow-rumped Widow)

Estrildidae (firefinches & waxbills)

  • Common Waxbill
  • Swee Waxbill

Viduidae (whydahs and widowfinches)

  • Pin-tailed Whydah

Fringillidae (finches)

  • Brimstone Canary (Bully canary)
  • Cape Canary
  • Cape Bunting
  • Cape Siskin





Apidae (bees)

  • Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caffra)

Arachnida (spiders & scorpions)


  • Blackmound Termite (Amitermes hastatus)
  • Fynbos Cockroach (Aptera fusca)

Coleoptera (beetles)

Diptera (flies)

Formicidae (ants)

Hemiptera (bugs)

  • Southern Dewstick Mirid (Pameridea roridulae)

Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)

Mantodea (praying mantis)

Neuroptera (antlions and lacewings)

  • Spotted Antlion (Palpares speciosus)

Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)

Orthoptera (grasshoppers & crickets)

Phasmatodea (stick-insects)

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