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This photo gallery represents all the species that occur in the geographical boundaries of the Western Cape, currently over 500 species.
This includes resident, migrant, rare and vagrant species.
This geographic region contains many varied habitats and as such, some species may be common in a particular habitat, but absent from others.

Species are alpha indexed in separate pages by English family names. A-B, C, D-E etc. 

The gallery here covers species families S1 & S2. As we develop and finish other families, separate pages will be added.

Click on the relevant tab ie: ‘S1’ = Sanderling – Shearwater. ‘S2″ = Sheathbill – Sparrowhawk

These pages viewed on small devices ie tablets or cell phones show a white strip across the images. This is unavoidable and a symptom of the software. To see the full image without the strip just tap on the image for a full screen display.

Photographers have given permission to use any of these photos for education purposes only.
For Commercial use the copyright resides with the photographer.
Species are alpha indexed by English family names. Click on the relevant tab ie: 'B' = Buzzards.

Sanderling – Lynette de Beer, Otto Schmidt

Namaqua Sandgrouse – Lesley Bust, Otto Schmidt

Baird’s Sandpiper – Cliff Dorse

Broad-billed Sandpiper – Otto Schmidt, Sandy Schmidt

Common Sandpiper – Lynette de Beer, Lesley Bust

Marsh Sandpiper – Lesley Bust, Graham Pringle

Pectoral Sandpiper – Daryl de Beer, Otto Schmidt

Terek Sandpiper – Daryl de Beer

White-rumped Sandpiper – Patrick Cardwell

Wood Sandpiper – Lynette de Beer, Lesley Bust

Curlew Sandpiper – Daryl de Beer, Lesley Bust

Black Saw-wing – Graham Pringle, Otto Schmidt

Common Scimitarbill – Otto Schmidt

Secretarybird – Daryl de Beer, Graham Pringle

Protea Seedeater (Canary) – Otto Schmidt

Streaky-headed Seedeater – Lynette de Beer, Lesley Bust

Cory’s Shearwater – Ross Wanless, Cliff Dorse

Flesh-footed Shearwater – Cliff Dorse

Great Shearwater – John Graham, Lesley Bust, Cliff Dorse

Little Shearwater – Peter Ryan

Manx Shearwater – Cliff Dorse

Sooty Shearwater – Cliff Dorse

Greater Sheathbill – Otto Schmidt

South African Shelduck – Graham Pringle, Otto Schmidt, Lesley Bust

Cape Shoveler – Otto Schmidt, Graham Pringle

Northern Shoveler – John Fincham, Graham Pringle

Red-backed Shrike – Lesley Bust, Otto Schmidt

Lesser Grey Shrike – Graham Pringle

Cape Siskin – Lynette de Beer, Otto Schmidt

Black Skimmer – Otto Schmidt

Subantarctic (Brown) Skua – Vincent Ward, Lesley Bust

African Snipe – Daryl de Beer, Rita Meyer

Cape Sparrow – Lesley Bust, Daryl de Beer

House Sparrow – Lynette de Beer, Mike Buckham

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow – Lesley Bust, Otto Schmidt

Black Sparrowhawk – Otto Schmidt

Little Sparrowhawk – Graham Pringle, Otto Schmidt

Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk – Otto Schmidt