Bird Photography – South Coast – KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Down by the river bird photography on the Amanzimtoti and Illovo Rivers in KwaZulu-Natal. Visiting these two rivers regularly some photography shares from the past 3 years.

All photography is my own (please ask permission before you use any of my photography) Photography taken with either Canon PowerShot A530 or Canon EOS 500D

Keeping with A – Z Down by the River Photography

African darter sitting out in the early morning sun waiting to dive in for breakfast.

african darter

African fisheagle more reddish in colouring than the previous ones I have seen.

african fish-eagle

Black kite I may have this one wrong, we do have many Yellow-billed kites but this one appeared different in colouring. Photo was not great either.

black kite

Black-headed heron along the river, scouring the grassy area for something to eat.

black-headed heron

Blacksmith lapwing Fiercely protective of their territory, will dive bomb you and perform when you go near.

blacksmith lapwing

Brown-hooded kingfisher All along the river walks these pretty birds are seen going about their day.

brown-hooded kingfisher

brown-hooded kingfisher

Egyptian goose Family enjoying the freedom of the waters.

egyptian goose

Fork-tailed drongo Jet black against a gray sky looking out for grass hoppers or anything moving in the grass.

fork-tailed drongo

Goliath heron we have a couple on both rivers that we have seen from time to time.

goliath heron

Green-woodhoopoe very noisy, very fast flying from tree to tree. I chased after them camera in hand and managed to get a shot of their awesome beaks.



Hadedah ibis no photography will arrive down here and not get a photo of this morning, afternoon, evening alarm clock. A noisy guy is he and gets everyone up in the neighbourhood bright and early!

hadedah ibis

Little egret brilliant white against the background.

little egret

Woolley-necked storks have become a common sight on the rivers, their numbers have grown significantly over the past few years.

woolley-necked stork

Yellow-billed duck very seasonal visitor arriving to have their young at the beginning of our spring.

yellow-billed duck

Mud party time with African spoonbill and Sacred ibis sloshing around together.

african spoonbill and sacred ibis

Join me in future adventures some of birds, flowers and animals in South Africa.

Though the sky belongs to the bird it can’t fly when it’s raining. – African Proverb

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African Emperor Caterpillar and Moth


African Emperor Caterpillars (Bunaea alcinoe) becomes an Common Emperor Moth

Who would have guessed with a little reseach, reality hits home about what you photographed and what it most probably is.

In the garden during November a couple of years ago, this catepillar crossing the lawn in my front garden.

As usual I take a number of pics to make sure I have every angle.

During the January once again in the garden I came across this Moth under the tree and looked like the end of it’s days.

Next day alas it was dead, so I picked it up to measure it.

So months later it is realised that if this catepillar is the same moth three months later, it actually died about 2 to 3 meters from where it wriggling through the grass.

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Cape Ash Tree Aerial Boardwalk


Walk into the life of a big Cape Ash Tree – Literally walk the Boardwalk Aerial wooden structure.

Cape Ash Tree

Start of the walk from the road where you park, an area you are allowed to get out (always good to keep and eye open for animals) this takes you down to the tree on the Western bank in the Isimangaliso Wetlands park.

Cape Ash Boardwalk

Different levels with view points looking out to take in the abundant nature surrounding you.

Isimangaliso Wetlands Park Western Bank

View across to the Eastern bank with the largest vegetated sand dunes. The Maphelane dune at 183 meters is the highest vegetated dune in the area.

Aerial Boardwalk Isimangaliso

The Boardwalk has been beautifully built in that it does not hurt the tree, structured around on high stilted legs about three to four meters off the ground.

Walk Around the Cape Ash

Going up to the higher level gives an idea of the foilage below and the view from every angle looking out. (Would be an amazing place to live)

Isimangaliso Wetlands Park - Cape Ash Tree

Three very short videos were meant to be included within this article… Still learning so will add the links here, they post out from dTube automatically (which I did not realize)

Aerial Boardwalk In Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/5thrv9sg

Walking The Aerial Boardwalk In Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/2y9n4i58

Crown Of The Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/pt0ponia

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