Boulders Beach birding – Trip report

Boulders Beach for birding is a must for all Penguin lovers.

The Penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a stunning all-year-round destination, not only during the feeding and breeding season. Nowhere else in the world you can get closer to African Penguins in the wild.

African Penguin Boulders Beach birding

In 1982 a couple of these little crowd-pleasers settled on the soft white sand between the large granite boulders that protect the beach from wind and large, stormy waves, and currently, the population is estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 birds. Sadly the African Penguin has been classified as an endangered species, due to things like overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and irresponsible tourism activities, and the Boulders Beach colony has also felt the effect, with numbers dwindling over the last couple of years.

Thankfully, Boulders and its surrounding beaches now form part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, thus ensuring the beaches are safe and clean, and the penguins protected. A couple of years ago three wheelchair-friendly boardwalks were constructed to accommodate the nearly 60,000 visitors that visit the beach each year. These boardwalks wind their way through the dunes and vegetation and not only provide great viewing spots but also protect nesting penguins and their chicks. However, you can still spot one or two of the little fellas waddling through the parking lot from time to time.

Kelp Gull Boulders Beach birding
Kelp Gull

You might also be interested in this post about the conservation of the Endangered Cape gannet in the Western Cape:

https://www.wwbirds.co.za/dir/bird-of-the-year-2022-south-africa/

AND

https://www.wwbirds.co.za/dir/citrusdal-western-cape-birding/

Here is a link to my Facebook profile:

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post about Boulders Beach birding and please leave a comment about your experience at Boulders Beach or anything you would like to share with us.

Content creator: Petrus A. van Tonder

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