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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)

Nico's Birds of Prey
Nico's Owls
Small birds
Rosie' Turacos
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
Birds Potpourrie 2016
Johan van Noordwyk
Brian Culver's Birds
Tinus Lamprecht's Birds
Billy Steenkamp's Birds
Anja Denker's Birds
Trevor Hardaker's Birds

Verreaux's Eagle

Welcome to Stellenbosch Birds!

The Bird of the Year for 2016 is the Sociable Weaver.

My book news   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. It is not anymore limited to the birds of the Western Cape, but presents birds of South Africa.

Admire our galleries and species pages, which I regularly enlarge and update. Please do inform me when you find errors or have suggestions for improvements!  

African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Paradise-Flycatcher

Chris Krog passed away on 17 April 2016. This enthousiastic photographer contributed the largest number of photos to this site. Today I added some of his last photos to his galleries in his memory. Also two new galleries: chris7.hml and Chris' Bird restaurant

New on my birdlist: (please force your computer to show the newest versions by reloading)
Trevor Hardaker's Birds with many new birds, some of them exciting rarities in our area.
I have enlarged Michael McSweeney' s Galleries, Hennie Cilliers' Birds, Mark Drysdale's Gallery, Brian Culver's Gallery, Ingo Waschkies' Gallery, John Murray's Gallery and Tinus Lamprecht's Gallery   
Looking for more photos of the Dusky Sunbird!
I am busy updating and improving a lot of pages and also have added photos to various species pages (Please scroll down for all photos):
Common Ringed Plover, Red-necked Falcon, Chorister Robin-Chat, Little Egret, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Violet-backed Starling, Jacobin Cuckoo, Purple-crested Turaco, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, African Marsh-Harrier, Wattled Crane, Broad-billed Roller, Black Heron, Spectacled Weaver, Mocking Cliff Chat, Little Stint, Montagu's Harrier, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Marico Sunbird, White-browed Scrub-Robin, and many more.

Do you have excellent photos of South African Birds for our List of Bird Photos? I am only collecting photos of South African birds I don't have yet or I have too few of and photos that outshine the ones I already have.

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 Mike's answers to letters: Ask the Bird Folks

More Bird news

bilingual book with birdsWebmaster Book News: In preparation - the Zettelwitz books for Europe.
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.
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 (3. edition, September 2013):
Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg and Zettelwitz the Table Mountain Wizard

Reviews   Order the printed books and the pdf version with the name of your choice:  
An outdated pirated pdf of Zettelwitz can be found all over the Net. Please do me the favour to compare it to the new version bought from me or Kindle.

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)

Bird news:

Western Yellow Wagtail
Western Yellow Wagtail - Rare visitor to the Cape shores
Photo by Tinus Lamprecht 2 2016
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.
African Openbill
African Openbill

African Openbill, Yellow Wagtail and African Snipe, photographed by Neal Cooper at the Strandfontein waterworks in March
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:

You tube: Water Thick-knee versus Monitor Lizard

I find the BirdLife International factsheets very useful. An example:
Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo (Steppe or Common Buzzard)

Kirsten Frost Nature Photography

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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