10 photos of incredible birds from South Africa’s Western Cape

Western Cape
An African Penguin at Betty’s Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. Photo by Matt Mendenhall

I had the honor of spending the last week birding in South Africa — primarily at two nature reserves. First I was at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape province. It is located about two hours southeast of Cape Town. If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you may have seen some of the photos I shot while I have been here. (I used a Sony RX10 IV camera.)

The following slideshow presents 10 awesome bird species I saw in the Western Cape. It starts off above with the African Penguin. This species was molting when I was there, so many of the birds are unable to swim until their new feathers grow in. Tragically, this penguin, the only penguin species in Africa, is in a significant decline due to a lack of food. There are only a few places left in South Africa where they can be seen. The bird above and several dozen others were hanging around a boat ramp in Betty’s Bay.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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