Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis

This familiar wagtail can be seen throughout South Africa.

I first photographed it in April 2010 while on our wedding weekend at Hartford House in the Midlands.

In July 2012 while on a boat trip along the Ockavango River in Namibia, we recorded and photographed “simplicissima”, a subspecies of cape wagtail, which has a breast spot instead of a breast band.


Cape Wagtail / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Cape Wagtail / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Cape Wagtail / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / October 2018 Cape Wagtail / Giant’s Castle Gardens, Underberg, KZN, South Africa / 16 April 2015 Cape Wagtail / Giant’s Castle Gardens, Underberg, KZN, South Africa / 16 April 2015 Cape Wagtail / Natal Midlands, South Africa / 25 April 2010 Cape Wagtail / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 16 February 2013 Cape Wagtail / Giant’s Castle Gardens, Underberg, KZN, South Africa / 16 April 2015 Cape Wagtail / Umdoni, KZN, South Africa / 14 May 2011 Cape Wagtail / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Cape Wagtail (Capensis) / Betty’s Bay, South Africa / 12 March 2011 Cape Wagtail / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 16 February 2013 Cape Wagtail / Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa / 06 March 2013 Cape Wagtail (simplicissima) / Ockavango River, Shamvura, Northern Namibia / 22 July 2012 Cape Wagtail / Llandudno, South Africa / 21 November 2010
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