Welcome to Stellenbosch Birds!The Bird of the Year 2019 is the Secretarybird.
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The Stellenbosch Bird club was dissolved, but this website lives on as a hobby site by Rosie Breuer, making pages with excellent photos by well known photographers. I would like to add short texts about each bird. I especially like the charming descriptions in Richard Liversidge's book, The Birds around us. Alas it is out of print. I think it should be modernised, enlarged and have a new edition.
This site is not limited to the birds of the Western Cape anymore, but presents birds of Southern Africa.
Admire our galleries and species pages, which I regularly enlarge and update. Please do inform me when you find errors or have suggestions for improvements!
New: Potpourrie 34 with photos by Brian Culver, Anthony Goldman, Coen Homan, Stewart Matheson, Brian Radford, Clint Ralph and Johann van den Berg.
Thank you all!
I enlarged Bob Hobbes', Coen Homann's, Brian Culver's and Brian Radford's galleries
I am often updating and improving the pages and keep adding photos (Please scroll down for all photos), so please always reload all pages, in case your computer shows you an old version.
I would like to thank the artists and photographers in this site for their graceful permission to add their photos to my List of Bird Photos.
I am only collecting photos of South African birds I don't have yet or I have too few of and photos that outshine the ones I already have.
Making galleries of bird photos or paintings is just one of my pastimes, beside watching birds.
For a good laugh, I read Mike's answers to letters: Ask the Bird Folks
Is the Golden Pipit rather a Longclaw?
© Stewart Matheson
Message by Mark Anderson: The absolutely magnificent original art from the Roberts Bird Guide is available for sale. See www.robertsbirds.co.za/fieldguide-images/ for images of the 397 plates, prices, and details about how to purchase the art. Note that 25% of the proceeds of all sales will go to BirdLife South Africa, thus contributing to the conservation of birds in South Africa.
First photographs and record of out of range breeding Purple-banded Sunbird at the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, Nelspruit. Very, very chuffed with my find
© Stewart Matheson
Elegant Tern - a rarity
Really chuffed to be able to find one of these birds this morning - this is probably only the 14th record for Southern Africa.
Strandfontein Sewage Works,
25 March 2017
© Trevor Hardaker
Another rare bird in the Western Cape! Citrine Wagtail at Strandfontein Sewerage Works
© Michael McSweeney
Pied Kingfisher © Brian Radford
Best Bird pic of the world wide George W Glennie International Wildlife Photographic Competition 2016
Peek, Boo & Hoo at 4 weeks
© Chris Jurich
Seen at Beaufort West on 23 October 2015, this is truly a Western Cape mega!
© Trevor Hardaker
Common Cuckoo at Rietvlei, Table Bay Nature Reserve, 2015
© Trevor Hardaker
Abdim's Stork - A rare visitor to the Western Cape!
Near Arniston - 7 October 2012
© Tinus Lamprecht
Black Skimmer - a visitor from America
6.10.2012: A first for SA!! - at Rietvlei
Photo taken in Cape Town by Michael McSweeney
Stray Fulvous Duck and the European migrant, Little Crake, in the Cape!
Photos taken in Cape Town by Michael McSweeney.
Please contact us, when you see unusual birds.
Book News: In preparation - the Zettelwitz books for Europe.
Because I love watching birds, I made Zettelwitz, the hero of my books, into a bird watcher, too. This childish wizard develops into a decent man, because he loves Ronja and - to his surprise - he feels much better being liked for his useful craft, than hated for his cruel jokes.
Zettelwitz - Table Mountain Wizard by Rosemarie Breuer, in German and English
and Die Towenaar van Tafelberg -
Table Mountain Wizard in Afrikaans and English
with 74 Illustrations by the author and 60 bird illustrations by Jill Adams
Now also available as e-books in several formats.
Zettelwitz Kindle versions in German and English (3. edition, September 2013):
Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg
Zettelwitz the Table Mountain Wizard
Reviews Order the printed books and the pdf version with the name of your choice:
An outdated pirated pdf of Zettelwitz can be found all over the Net. Please do me the favour to compare it to the new version bought from me or Kindle.
Your book is absolutely brilliant! I can't wait to have children and will save it for them! Fantastic that you are also doing American and European versions.
Rockjumper Birding Tours
More editions to follow with birds of different regions of the world:Links of the day:
Krüger Park Wizard, Mkuzi Wizard, Kalahari Wizard
Zettelwitz the Wizard (European and American versions)If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too.
wrote Carl Linnaeus who invented the Latin binomial system of naming plants and animals, which is still in use. DNA research has given new insights into the relationship of birds. The classification of bird families has changed tremendously from the one you find in older bird guides and is still not quite settled as new research will surely bring a few more surprises.
Example: Songbirds (Oscines) are divided into ravenlike birds (Corvida) and all other Paserida. Paradise Flycatcher and Batis now belong to Corvida.
Find information and lists of names at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
2019 BirdLife South Africa official Checklist of Birds in South Africa
Jay van Rensburg wildlife photos
You tube: Water Thick-knee versus Monitor Lizard
I find the BirdLife International factsheets very useful. An example:
Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo (Steppe or Common Buzzard)
Kirsten Frost Nature Photography
Movements of a Secretarybird tracked for more than two years!
Ian Sinclair; Phil Hockey; Warwick Tarboton; Peter Ryan, Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, Struik, 2014
The new much enlarged edition
Birds of Africa South of the Sahara
by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, Peter Ryan
Taken Captive by Birds, with illustrations by Craig Ivor van Vuuren
Grant McCreary's The Birders Library - Book reviews and news
Kirsten Frost www.naturephotography.co.za
An excellent site: All About Birds The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a comprehensive resource for North American birds
Game Bird Art by Penny Meakin - beautiful!
Wildlife & Nature Photography
Any corrections, questions or suggestions? Your FeedbackVerreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxi
© Jill Adams (in Richard Liversidge, The Birds Around us)