Southern African Birds

Southern Africa is blessed with an incredible diversity of well-over 800 bird species thus making it one of the prime bird watching destinations on the planet.

Sadly and largely as a result of human induced pressures, many of these species are facing rapid declines in population numbers and are in desparate need of conservation. BirdLife South Africa strives to ensure the conservation of these birds and their habitats and should be strongly supported.

Speckled Mousebird_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

1 of 12: Speckled Mousebirds quench their thirst, reflected in the dawn light. Zimanga Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Fighting White Backed Vultures_PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

2 of 12: White-Backed Vultures fight around a Gemsbok carcass in the Kgalagadi Tansfrontier Park, SOuth Africa

Cape Gannets_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

3 of 12: A pair of Cape Gannets strengthen their pair bonding by passing a discarded feather to each other. Malgas Island, Western Cape, South Africa.

African Penguin_PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

4 of 12: An African Penguin emerges from gold and silver water colured by the setting sun. Bird Island, Algoa Bay, South Africa.

Black Browed Albatross_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

5 of 12: A Black-Browed Albatross floats on a calm ocean, accompanied by other albatross and petrel species. Cape Canyons, South Africa

Great White Pelican_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

6 of 12: A Great-White Pelican incubates on its nest amongst a breeding colony on Dassen Island, Western Cape, South Africa.

Kelp Gull_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

7 of 12: A Kelp Gull lands briefly to snatch a mollusk from an exposed rock platform as waves crash around it. West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa.

Crested Guineafowl_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

8 of 12: A Crested Guineafolw flies up to its overnight roost in a large tree. Big Game Parks, Swaziland.

Southern Red Bishop_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

9 of 12: A female Southern-Red Bishop feeds amongst rippening wheat fields. Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa.

Red Throated Twinspot_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

10 of 12: A male Red-Throated Twinspot drinks from a secluded pool of water in dense forest vegetation. Catapu, Mozambique.

Lesser Flamingo_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

11 of 12: A Lesser Flamingos scratches and preens amongst its roosting flock.

African Black Oystercatcher_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

12 of 12: A pair of African Black Oystercatchers feed on exposed rocky platforms as the sun sets over Malgas Island, Western Cape, South Africa.