I seldom get the opportunity to spend the time to stop and observe birds whilst driving through the Addo Elephant National Park with companions who are far more interested in animals than either birds or flowers. These are birds I managed to photograph during a day trip to that park last month. The first is a Green Woodhoopoe close to the reception. Naturally, it sauntered about in full view until I had retrieved my camera!

One can almost be guaranteed to come across a weaver or two either in or on the Spekboom hedge at Domkrag Dam. This is a Cape Weaver looking a bit disreputable since shedding its breeding finery.

A Speckled Mousebird watches me from a bush next to the road. Without its crest raised, it looks almost as though it has just woken up.

It was at Rooidam that a young Reed Cormorant flapped its wings to dry in the early morning sunlight.

Tripping lightly along the edge of the road was the surprising sight of a Three-banded Plover.

A Cape Turtle Dove inspected the gravel at Jack’s Picnic Site with a degree of success.

Of course there were many more birds seen but not photographed.



  1. When I did a trip to Botswana, the guide said that the people on the birdwatching trips actually saw more mammals than those more focused on the ‘big five’ because they had the patience to sit quietly and see what turned up. It’s such a shame when people are just interested in the megafauna….


    • A small flock of these birds often visit my garden, where they make a bee-line for loose bark on the older trees, poke their curved beaks into holes in the garden wall, or peck around the aloe leaves to find insects hiding there. All the while they cackle and call to each other as though laughing and enjoying their conversations.


  2. Those Plovers are pretty. I follow a UK blogger who photographs and takes videos of many shorebirds at Titchfield Haven. These and Sanderlings are similar looking and his favorite birds to photograph. I was driving a few weeks ago and twice could have had some cute photos but I am alone and could not pull over, once on a busy street and the next time within the metropark as it is not allowed.


      • Oh yes – it has happened plenty of times. I went to Grosse Ile, a big island in the Detroit River. You travel by bridge to get there and a walker at the Park lives there with his wife. He walks there with her, then visits his parents daily, so walks at this Park with a friend of his. So he showed me pics on his phone of huge bucks and other deer walking around the island. So, I had to go – couldn’t get there fast enough. Saw nothing until I exited from the one-way perimeter drive – two huge bucks planted themselves in the middle of the road and I had the big camera that day and it was in its case in the back seat. No use reaching for it – I was in the middle of the street and nowhere to pull over as it’s all residential areas and private drives. The two forest areas where I went were not dense enough for deer to be.

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