Bird Island lies about 100 m off the shore of Lambert’s Bay on the Cape’s West Coast. It offers visitors a rare opportunity to see the blue-eyed Cape gannet up close. Bird Island is one of only six sites world-wide where Cape gannets breed, and it is the only breeding site easily accessible to the public.
Rare opportunity to see the blue-eyed Cape gannet
The island, which is almost three hectares in size, is connected to the mainland via a breakwater. It is an important breeding and roosting site for seabirds, particularly Cape gannets and cormorants. Cape fur seals can be seen sunning themselves on the island’s rocks.
In the island’s well-situated gannet lookout, visitors can get close to the birds and witness their unique mating dances. The bird hide is signposted with interesting information about these seabirds and their habits.
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Just 2 days left of CapeNature's hugely popular Access Week! Take a drive up the West Coast to Lambert's Bay Bird Island and follow in the footsteps of the Siyaya – Come Wild With Us team. Don't forget to watch that episode on SABC 2 on Monday at 4pm! #CapeNature #AccessWeek