Birding on the Knysna Estuary

Interested in bird watching? The Knysna Estuary and River provide some top notch opportunities to see the following species:

*These are birds that actually live and/or feed on the lagoon. This list is kindly supplied by John Bircher of the U3A Birding Group, Knysna.

Roberts number Common Name
   
6 Great Crested Grebe
8 Little Grebe (Dabchick)
55 White-breasted Cormorant
56 Cape Cormorant
58 Reed Cormorant
60 African Darter
62 Grey Heron
63 Black-headed Heron
64 Goliath Heron
67 Little Egret
71 Cattle Egret
91 African Sacred Ibis
94 Hadeda Ibis
95 African Spoonbill
96 Greater Flamingo
97 Lesser Flamingo
102 Egyptian Goose
103 South African Shelduck
104 Yellow-billed Duck
106 Cape Teal
108 Red-billed Teal
112 Cape Shoveller
116 Spur-winged Goose
148 African Fish Eagle
170 Osprey
223 Af. Purple Swamphen (Ple. Gal.)
226 Common Moorhen
228 Red-knobbed Coot
244 African Black Oystercatcher
245 Common Ringed Plover
246 White-fronted Plover
248 Kittlitz's Plover
249 Three-banded Plover
254 Grey Plover
258 Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)
262 Ruddy Turnstone
264 Common Sandpiper
266 Wood Sandpiper
269 Marsh Sandpiper
270 Common Greenshank
272 Curlew Sandpiper
284 Ruff
286 African (Ethiopian) Snipe
289 Eurasian Curlew
290 Common Whimbrel
294 Pied Avocet
295 Black-winged Stilt
298 Water Thick-knee (Dikkop)
312 Cape (Kelp) Gull
322 Caspian Tern
324 Swift Tern
326 Sandwich Tern
327 Common Tern
428 Pied Kingfisher
429 Giant Kingfisher
431 Malachite Kingfisher
520 White-throated Swallow
711 African Pied Wagtail