08 May 2024

Canon EOS Bird Photography, Woodbridge Island

Bird Photography : Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Lesser Flamingo Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Lesser Flamingo in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Birds around Woodbridge Island and Table Bay Nature Reserve, Cape Town
I had an appointment deferred this morning and with the good light decided a mid-morning of bird photography outside could deliver reasonable results. It will be winter in Cape Town soon and will provide for a good opportunity to have a close look at the water quality and current bird species around the Diep River and the Milnerton Lagoon.

My first meaningful sight, apart from the king gulls, were a few relaxed lessor flamingos wading quite close to the wooden bridge. It was very encouraging to see the white-breasted and reed cormorants fishing in the Diep River, zig-zagging ferociously across the river chasing after the fish. The cormorants were closely followed by an entourage of opportunistic little egrets. The familiar sight of swift terns constantly diving for fish looked like the quality of the water is hopefully improving with the interventions by the City of Cape Town for restoring the quality of the water flowing down the Diep River.

Like many others, I hope these are sustainable solutions after years of neglect and decay of this particular natural urban ecosystem.

The last four images were photographed on Monday, 13 May 2024.   

Birds Photographed
  • Lesser flamingo in Flight
  • African black oystercatcher
  • African sacred ibis in Flight
  • Black-crowned night heron in Flight
  • Levaillant's cisticola
  • Little egret in Flight
  • Grey heron in Flight
  • White-breasted cormorant
  • Yellow-billed ducks
  • Black-winged stilt in Flight
  • Perched Little egret
  • African black oystercatchers napping
  • Reed cormorant in Flight

Canon Bird Photography Equipment
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM prime lens
  • Lexar Professional 64GB 160MB/s SD Card

Camera Focus / Exposure Settings
  • Autofocus / Case 1 / Large Zone
  • Aperture Priority (Av) / Manual (M) Modes 
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - f/8
  • Auto-ISO (120 - 640)
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500s - 1/2500s
  • Handheld

Image Post-Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic (Version 13)

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African Oystercatcher Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
African Oystercatcher : Diep River Woodbridge Island

African Sacred Ibis Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
African Sacred Ibis in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Black-Crowned Night Heron Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Black-Crowned Night Heron in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Levaillant's Cisticola Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Levaillant's Cisticola : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Little Egret in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Little Egret in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Grey Heron in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Grey Heron in Flight : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

White-Breasted Cormorant Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
White-Breasted Cormorant : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Yellow-Billed Ducks Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Yellow-Billed Ducks : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Black-Winged Stilt Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Black-Winged Stilt in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island

Little Egret Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Perched Little Egret : Diep River, Woodbridge Island

African Oystercatchers Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
African Oystercatchers : Table Bay Nature Reserve Woodbridge Island

Reed Cormorant Diep River Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Reed Cormorant in Flight : Diep River Woodbridge Island

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