The Succulent Rockery is a must for bird-watchers during Winter and early Spring when the aloes are in full bloom. The magnificent Malachite Sunbird (left) is a frequent visitor and can often be seen probing the aloe flowers for nectar. This bird changes plumage from a pale yellow with green flecks to an iridescent green colour towards the end of Winter.
Other sunbirds resident in the Garden are the Amethyst Sunbird (Black Sunbird), the Greater Double-collared and the White-bellied Sunbird (right).
Also common on the aloes when in bloom are theDark-capped Bulbul (Blackeyed Bulbul), Cape Weaver, mousebirds, occasionally the Black-headed Oriole and the Cape Glossy Starling.
Additional Winter interests include the dainty Fairy Flycatcher which prefers the wooded areas and the African Wattled, Blacksmith and Crowned Lapwings (Plovers) which feed on the lawns near the entrance.
From the Sasol Cormorant Bird Hide, look out for the Reed Cormorant, Darter, African Black Duck, Green-backed Heron, Littel Grebe (Dabchick) and the Giant Kingfisher. In the wetland area, a walk along the boardwalk enables you to get close to species such as Southern Red Bishops, weavers, waxbills and Grassbirds.
Every season has something special to offer, whether you wish to mark off new species or simply enjoy observing birds in tranquil surroundings.
Birdlist for all the species recorded to date at the Garden.
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