06 July 2021

Glorious Morning at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Cape Spurfowl Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Spurfowl on the run at Kirstenbosch
Visit to Kirstenbosch: Small birds and some wild flower photography at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

On a glorious and crisp sunny Tuesday morning (6 July 2021) I visited Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for Canon EOS body / EF lens testing and some personal reflection.

This was my first visit to Kirstenbosch on my own. It was a very enjoyable morning with many perched small birds across the garden, the running Cape spurfowl and a images taken of a couple of plants / wild flowers.    

I was fortunate enough to photograph at least eleven bird species between +- 10:00 and 12:00 on the morning. This is by far the most bird species I have identified and photographed around Kirstenbosch during one single shooting session. 

A Thursday morning's birds and flowers at Kirstenbosch View

New Kirstenbosch Bird Species Index
During the Kirstenbosch morning visit I also thought about the idea of creating and publishing my own 'Kirstenbosch Bird Species Index' as I did over the last ten years with my personal 'Woodbridge Island Bird Species Index'.

Kirstenbosch birds photographed  during the morning:
  • Cape spurfowl
  • Southern double-collared sunbird
  • Olive thrush
  • Cape robin-chat
  • Cape sugarbird
  • Forest canary
  • Swee waxbill
  • Cape white-eye
  • Speckled mousebird
  • Cape bulbul
  • Karoo prinia

Canon Camera / Lens: Birds and Flowers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens (Mark I)
  • Manual Mode: 400mm / f/5.6 / Auto- ISO (Various) / 1/1000s - 1/3200s shutter speeds
  • Lens IS Switched off / Handheld

Post-Processing
: Adobe Lightroom 

Perched Small Birds at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird perched on a Pincushion Protea Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Southern Double-Collared Sunbird perched on a Pincushion Protea Kirstenbosch © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Olive Thrush Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Olive Thrush Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Cape Robin-Chat Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Robin-Chat Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©Vernon Chalmers Photography

Cape Sugarbird Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Sugarbird Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Forest Canary Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Forest Canary Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Swee Waxbill Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Swee Waxbill Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Cape White-Eye Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape-White Eye Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Speckled Mousebird Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Speckled Mousebird Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Cape Bulbul Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Bulbul Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Karoo Prinia Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Karoo Prinia Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Plants / Flowers at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Salmon Pelargonium Plant Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography
Salmon Pelargonium Plant Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Flowers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography
Flowers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

King Protea Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography
King Protea Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

"Fireworks at Kirstenbosch" Flowers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography
"Fireworks at Kirstenbosch" Flowers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) Flower Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) Flower Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

Pincushion Protea Flower Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers Photography
Pincushion Protea Flower Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden © Vernon Chalmers Photography

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Vernon Chalmers 'Kirstenbosch Bird Species Index' View

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Butterflies and Sunbird at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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