Both birdwatchers and birders are usually amateurs. The scientific study of birds is called ornithology. People who study birds as a profession are called ornithologists.
Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park was registered as a wetland of international importance for birds, with the RAMSAR Convention, which came into force in 1988. A number of bird hides overlook various areas of the Lagoon. Another feature of the National Park’s birding is the important breeding colonies on the Malgas, Jutten, Schaapen and Marcus Islands, near the mouth of Saldanha Bay. Malgas Island is home to one of only six colonies of Cape gannets in the world and tens of thousands of pairs breed here. The island can be visited by boat under the guidance of a Park guide. West Coast National Park Tel 022 772 2144 source capewestcoast.org
West Coast National Park (WCNP) lies just inland from Saldanha Bay, with the town of Langebaan as its northern neighbour. WCNP has been ranked as an IBA as its wetlands regularly support over 35 000 waterbirds in summer, as well as globally important breeding populations of African penguin, Cape gannet (Malgas Island has 25% of global population), African black oystercatcher, Crowned & Bank cormorant and Black harrier. source birdingroutes.co.za
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