24 September 2017

Hidden Urban Treasure - Table Bay Nature Reserve

Entrance to the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Entrance to the Table Bay Nature Reserve
Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
A short hike from Woodbridge Island, opposite Milnerton High School, is the entrance to the Milnerton Lagoon section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve conservation Biodiversity Network. A relatively small wetlands area, but part of the much wider geographical nature conservation zone covering the Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor.

I frequently hike the Milnerton Lagoon / Diep River area in the hope of spotting some of the various bird species around the roadside of the Milnerton Lagoon, the Diep River and the tiny island (not Woodbridge Island) where I regularly photograph egyptian geese, grey herons, pied kingfishers and spoonbills.


I've spotted a lonesome malachite kingfisher flying past a few times, but I'm still unable to discover his perching whereabouts - or to get a good in flight capture. On a sunny morning there are many red-knobbed coots scooting down the river.

Smaller Birds
Weaver - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island
Weaver - Table Bay Nature Reserve / Woodbridge Island
Various smaller birds like the weaver and waxbill chirp and hop impatiently through the reeds. Many of the larger birds also land and feed on the Milnerton golf course side of the Diep River. 

During summer many sandwich and swift terns carry out their spectacular dives and turns out past the pump station into the main reserve area. 

Malachite kingfisher
Over the last couple months I've also captured the elusive malachite kingfisher perched / (and eventually in flight) in the reserve and on the wooden bridge.


More information on the Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Local Bird Species

Entrance to the Table Bay Nature Reserve (Milnerton Beach / Milnerton Lagoon / Diep River) is free and the images below are captured from about a 10 - 15 minutes walk from Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island through the Diep River entrance. There are some amazing views of the Diep River, the prominent Milnerton Lighthouse on Woodbridge Island and our majestic Table Mountain.

Snapshots with Canon EOS 6D / EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.


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Table Bay Nature Reserve - Diep River View
Table Bay Nature Reserve - Diep River View

Table Bay Nature Reserve - Table Mountain View
Table Bay Nature Reserve - Table Mountain View

Links to more Table Bay Nature Reserve information

Table Bay Nature Reserve - City of Cape Town
Table Bay Nature Reserve - City of Cape Town

Bird Watching at Table Bay Nature Reserve
Bird Watching at Table Bay Nature Reserve

Table Bay Nature Reserve - Wikipedia
Table Bay Nature Reserve - Wikipedia

Table Bay Nature Reserve - Cape Town Green Map
Table Bay Nature Reserve - Cape Town Green Map

Table Bay Nature Reserve – Responsible Tourism
Table Bay Nature Reserve – Responsible Tourism


Accommodation near Table Bay Nature Reserve
Accommodation near Table Bay Nature Reserve

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town


Directions / Mape to the Diep River Section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
Entrance to the Table Bay Nature Reserve is on the Diep River side of the crossing of Broad Road and West Coast Road. My recommendation if you coming by car is to park on Woodbridge Island and walk over the main bridge, past the old wooden bridge and keep along the Diep River, past the pump station rondawel and enter to the left where you see the Table Bay Nature Reserve sign board (at the traffic lights).