The Garden Route Botanical Garden’s (GRBG) main aim may be to conserve the rich floral heritage of the Garden Route, but in doing so we attract a great deal of local fauna. Of the myriad of creatures residing in our Garden, one of the most notable are birds. Over the last year local photographer , Ettiene de Beer, has spent countless hours meandering through the GRBG enjoying the bird life. Below are the most spectacular moments he has captured.
Images from the Garden Route Botanical Garden Bird-Hide
A yellow billed duck taking a rest in our Wetland.
The striking Malachite Kingfisher on the lookout for his next meal.
A Moorhen caring for her young chick.
The Black Crake wading through the shallows of the Wetland.
The common, yet beautiful Waxbill
The elusive African Rail can often be spotted from our birdhide
Images from the Van Kervel Dam
The Darter sunning on his local perch
A Moorhen, gliding across the dam.
Images from the Garden
The Karoo-prinia perching on a Wachendorfia thrysifolia
A Cape White-eye visiting the patch of W. thyrsifolia next to our wetland
The Greater Double Collared Sunbird can be found en-mass during September when our Aloe display is in flower
An Olive Thrush enjoying a patch of indigenous forest in the GRBG
The beautiful, locally endemic Cape Sugar-bird.
We hope this encourages you to visit our beloved community garden, not only for the beautiful plants, but also for the unique birds!