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Gideon Estates

Birds Species found in and around The West Coast

There are a vast number of different bird species in The West Coast Area, and here we hope to provide you with interesting information on a number of these species.  Velddrif (which includes Laaiplek, Port Owen and Admiral Island) is a rare place where over 350 species of birds can be seen.  Land birds, sea birds and river birds are all to be found here.
[[Jackass Penguin

Great Crested Grebe
Blacknecked Grebe
Shy Albatross
Blackbrowed Albatross
Giant Petrel
Pintado Petrel
Blue Petrel
Broadbilled Prion
Whitechinned Petrel
Sooty Shearwater
White Pelican
Cape Gannet
[Whitebreasted Cormorant]]
Cape Cormorant
Bank Cormorant
Reed Cormorant
Crowned Cormorant
Grey Heron
Blackheaded Heron
Purple Heron
Great White Egret
Little Egret
Yellowbilled Egret
Cattle Egret
Blackcrowned Heron
Little Bittern
White Stork
Black Stork
Marabou Stork
Yellowbilled Stork
Sacred Ibis
Glossy Ibis
African Spoonbill
Greater Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Egyptian Goose
South African Shelduck
Yellowbilled Duck
African Black Duck
Cape Teal

Southern Pochard
Spurwinged Goose
Secretary Bird
Cape Vulture
Yellowbilled Kite
Blackshouldered Kite
Booted Eagle
African Fish Eagle
Steppe Buzzard
Jackal Buzzard
African Marsh Harrier
Black Harrier



Peregrine Falcon
Rock Kestrel
Greywing Francolin
Cape Francolin
Common Quail
Helmeted Guineafowl
African Rail
Black Crake
Redchested Flufftail
Purple Gallinule
Redknobbed Coot
Ludwig’s Bustard
Black Korhaan

African Jacana
Painted Snipe
European Oystercatcher
African Black Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover
Whitefronted Plover
Chestnutbanded Plover
Kittlitz’s Plover
Threebanded Plover
Mongolian Plover
Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Grey Plover
Crowned Plover
Blacksmith Plover

Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Curlew Sandpiper
Little Stint
Redknecked Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Broadbilled Sandpiper
Ethiopian Snipe
Blacktailed Godwit
Bartailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Redknecked Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope
Blackwinged Stilt
Spotted Dikkop
Burchell’s Courser
Arctic Skua

Bird Species

Bird Species

Kelp Gull
Greyheaded Gull
Hartlaub’s Gull
Franklin’s Gull
Caspian Tern
Swift Tern
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Little Tern
Black Tern
Whiskered Tern
Whitewinged Tern
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Ferel Pigeon

Here’s a link to some great pics in our favourite magazine

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