Many of South Africa’s delicate ecosystems and animals were long disturbed or displaced due to frequent human activity.

Earlier this week, a research team that visited the Knysna Estuary found that there was an abundance of water birds.

They saw many birds but most of all the African Black Oystercatcher and other birds vulnerable to disturbance. The team was looking for visible changes in the Estuary.

The Knysna Estuary has been recognised as the number one area of biodiversity significance by independent researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Take a look at some of the beautiful pictures that snapped during their visit:

Pictures: Megan Bradfield/Taplin Owen/Cedric Govender/Kyle Smith

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.