Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve birding – Trip report

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve for birding is located at Nahoon beach in East London. It is famous for its safe and clean trails that take you through trees, mangrove swamps, and along the river. Access is free. There are two bird hides. A non-profit organization, Friends of Nahoon Estuary, can be joined to get a key for access.

There are three endemic species, the Cape Cormorant, Cape Shoveller, and the African Black Oystercatcher. As well as three red data species, the white-backed night heron, the black stork, and the Caspian tern. A total of 202 bird species have been recorded in the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve. It is an important stayover for migrant birds.

The entrance is easy to find with good sign boards that can be viewed from the street:

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve notice board at entrance

A notice that the gate will be locked at 16:00 and that all vehicles need to be out. But if you join Friends of Nahoon Estuary, you can get a key for access.

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve entry notice

There are various notice boards inside the estuary:

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve notice board

There is a bird hide close to the entrance that has a waterval birdbath for some great photography.

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve bird hide

This is the bottom entrance of the same bird hide:

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve bird hide bottom

Sombre Greenbul photo that I have taken at this bird hide.

When you walk through the trail, there are benches where you can listen to birds and take photos:

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve for birding bench
Brownbul Terrestrial Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve
Terrestrial Brownbul
Cuckoo Diderick Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve
Diderick Cuckoo
Chorister Robin-Chat Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve
Chorister Robin-Chat
White breasted Cormorant
White-breasted Cormorant

Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve for birding is a fantastic site to visit. Please leave a comment for us about your visit there or if you have anything else to share with us.

You might also be interested in this blog post:

https://www.wwbirds.co.za/dir/thornpark-east-london-birding/

You are also welcome to join my Colourful birds of the world Facebook group:

https://web.facebook.com/groups/1512544265449270

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