BIRDS

See the variety of species you can find in and around the dam year-round.
Die Oog is a haven for birds and a bird watcher’s paradise.

BIRDS THAT VISIT DIE OOG

Welcome to a bird watchers paradise.

With benches to sit quietly on and, especially in the evenings, watch a cloud of birds descend on the area.

Die Oog is an important urban evening roost site for sacred ibis, cattle egrets and reed cormorants. Residents of Die Oog include yellow-billed duck, moorhens, dabchicks, coots, Egyptian geese, spotted thick-knees (dikkops), cape weavers, fiscal shrike, helmeted guinea fowl, hadeda ibis, Karoo Prinia and pintailed whydah. Frequent visitors include the black sparrow hawk, grey heron and little egret.

baby ducks in nest on bank of Die Oog pond
weaver bird making nest in Die Oog wetlands
egret bird in Die Oog conservation wetland

Weaver Birds in Die Oog

The majority of birds here are the dominant cape weaver but there are also southern masked weavers nesting here. A lot of research is being done on the weaver birds and it’s been found that even though it may seem like it, the females do not destroy the nests built by males. Rather, females lay their eggs in their favoured nest and males destroy nests that have not attracted a female. Building these nests takes time to perfect and as the weaver bird becomes more experienced the nests become smaller and tighter.

Cape Weavers and Hadedas breeding at Die Oog

Like a storybook which includes drama with the neighbours, disappearances, history, predators and surprise visitors – an interesting dynamic occurs amongst the Cape Weaver and the Hadedas. To read a bit about their existence together in the conservation area, click on the link below:

http://weavers.adu.org.za

Ideal place for Bird Watching
bird in Die Oog
heron on branch in pond

Interesting facts about Weaver Birds

  • In Die Oog there are two species of weaver bird, the majority of birds are the dominant cape weaver but there are also southern masked weavers nesting here.
  • Photographic evidence has proven that some of these nest structures are over 100 years old.
  • Weavers build domed nests, sometimes with long entrance tunnels. They are usually extremely durable with elaborate weavings and knots using grass and reed blades.
  • They are very sociable birds