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Stellenbosch Birds

The University Town of Stellenbosch is situated in the most beautiful corner of the world, the Western Cape in South Africa.

Bird galleries

List of Bird Photos
Jill Adams' Birds (Watercolours)
More of Jill's birds
Nico's Birds of Prey
Nico's Owls
Small birds
Rosie' Turacos
Rosie's water birds
Pieter's Waterbirds
Klaus Kassel at WCNP
Peet's Birds
Bird Potpourri
Awie's Birds
Beautiful Kalahari
Fritz Weaver
Basie van Zyl's birds
Basie's Birds of Prey
Ingo's Birds
Louis Groenewald's birds
Pieter's Potpourri
Awie's Water games
Awie's Kalahari Birds
Roland Hill's Birds
John Murray's Birds
Hennie Cilliers' Birds
Pieter La Grange's Birds
Kirsten Frost's Birds
Adam Riley's Birds
Chris Krog's Birds
Michael McSweeney
Mark Drysdale's Birds
Birds Potpourrie 2012
Johan van Noordwyk
Brian Culver's Birds
Tinus Lamprecht's Birds
Billy Steenkamp's Birds
Anja Denker's Birds

Verreaux's Eagle

Welcome to Stellenbosch Birds!

Links of the day

The Stellenbosch Bird club was dissolved, but this site lives on as a special site by Rosie Breuer books, publisher of special editions.

I recommend to join outings and events at Cape Birdclub, Somerset West Birdclub or any other near you.
Meetings for all at Cape Bird Club   Interesting links   Our wonderful Paarl outing (when our club still existed).

Admire our galleries, regularly enlarged. I beg you to inform me when you find errors or have suggestions for improvements!  

Rosy-faced Lovebirds
Rosy-faced Lovebirds © Anja Denker

I have enlarged    Chris Krog's Gallery again    Tinus Lamprecht's Gallery enlarged by another page   Brian Culver's Gallery enlarged by another page   Mark Drysdale's Gallery enlarged by another page.   

I also have added photos to various species pages (Please scroll down for all photos):
Cape Spurfowl, Bennett's Woodpecker, European Roller, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar, Red-eyed Dove, African Finfoot, Spotted Crake, Common Whimbrel, Purple Heron, White Stork, African Cuckoo Hawk, African Goshawk, Secretarybird, Fork-tailed Drongo, African Skimmer, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Sabota Lark, Red-breasted Swallow, Cape White-eye, Buffy Pipit, African Quailfinch and others.

Do you have excellent photos of South African Birds for our List of Bird Photos?
Please contact me: Webmaster at

A hint to all: never work on your photos in jpg format, rather turn them into tiff or another format that does not deteriorate the photo. If you have good photos, please send the original or large size, but send me small ones first for me to choose from.
I am updating the website quite often, so please always reload all pages, in case your computer shows you an old version.

Have fun with birds! Making galleries of bird photos or paintings is just one of my pastimes, beside watching birds. Rather than reading the news for too long, I go and visit bird websites.
For a good laugh, I read one of Mike's answers to letters: Ask the Bird Folks

Basie van Zyl Great Spotted Cuckoo Abdim's Stork
Basie van Zyl
When on 18 March I wanted to place birthday greetings to Basie's facebok, I was shocked and very sad to read that he had passed away on Monday 10 February 2014, just two weeks after a sudden diagnosis of a severe form of leukemia. This oustanding photographer will never be forgotten. I enlarged his galleries in his memory.
In memoriam by Morkel ErasmusMore Bird news

bilingual book with birdsWebmaster Book News:
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.
Practise your languages with these bilingual books, enjoy the story of a crazy wizard and get to know some birds and plants of our area with
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:
The kindle versions are available at and Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg (German Edition) and Zettelwitz the Table Mountain Wizard

Order the printed books and the pdf version with the name of your choice:  

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.
Adam Riley Rockjumper Birding Tours

More editions to follow with birds of different regions of the world:
Krüger Park Wizard, Mkuzi Wizard, Kalahari Wizard
Zettelwitz the Wizard (European and American versions)
and more in further European and South African languages

Bird news:

African Pied Wagtail
Rosie, 17 July 2013: An African Pied Wagtail delighted us on a perfect day at the Post Card Café, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch
Photo by Chris Krog
Arrow-marked Babbler mobbing a boomslang
Arrow-marked Babbler mobbing a boomslang
See all 11 photos of the battle
© Mark Drysdale
Pel's Fishing-Owl
Pel's Fishing-Owl
A suprising sight in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, October 2012!
Abdim's Stork - A rare visitor to the Western Cape
Abdim's Stork - A rare visitor to the Western Cape!
Near Arniston - 7 October 2012
© Tinus Lamprecht
Black Skimmer
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 in the Cape! Little Crake
Stray Fulvous Duck and the European migrant, Little Crake, in the Cape!
Photos taken in Cape Town by Michael McSweeney.

Squacco Heron African Openbill
Squacco Heron photographed at Paarl Waterworks by Tinus Lamprecht; African Openbill, Yellow Wagtail and African Snipe, photographed by Neal Cooper at the Strandfontein waterworks in March
A Peregrine Falcon is often seen in the fir trees near Karlien en Kandas Speelskool in Die Boord
African Openbill (Oopbekooievaar) storks were recently seen on a small dam near the traffic lights on the Lynedoch road. (December 09)
Please contact us, when you see unusual birds.

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. Cape Batis is placed between Bokmakierie and the Pied Crow in Jill Adam's gallery.
Find information and lists of names at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, download the classification and species order used in the new Roberts: PDF - 20KB and the 'new' Southern African bird list

Links of the day:

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 Southern Africa Birds of Africa South of the Sahara
by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, Peter Ryan

Marguerite Poland,
Taken Captive by Birds
Taken Captive by Birds
with illustrations by Craig Ivor van Vuuren

Grant McCreary's The Birders Library - Book reviews and news

Kirsten Frost

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!

Hannes Lochner Wildlife & Nature Photography

Any corrections, questions or suggestions?   Your Feedback

Verreaux's Eagle   Aquila verreauxi
© Jill Adams (in Richard Liversidge, The Birds Around us)

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