Tanji was established as a bird reserve in 1993 and together with Bijol Island is situated on the coast. Habitat includes marine, estuarine, freshwater, coastal dune scrub woodland with lagoons just back from the beach.

A Slender-billed Gull at Tanji.
A Slender-billed Gull at Tanji.

Primarily established for its ornithological importance it is an important stop over for Palearctic migrants as well as many resident species. Both Godwit species, Grey-headed, Kelp and Slender-billed Gull, various Terns and waders including Sanderling, Grey and Ringed Plovers, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and Ruddy Turnstone. Osprey patrol the coastline and Lizard Buzzards perch on fence posts whilst in the scrub Tawny-flanked Prinia, White-crested Helmetshrike, Crested Lark, Grey Kestrel, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Bruce`s Green Pigeon, Oriole Warbler, Blue-headed and White Wagtails are all common.

A Lesser Crested Tern takes off with his lunch.
A Lesser Crested Tern takes off with his lunch.

Trips to Tanji Bird Reserve often include a side excursion to the amazing fish market. Indeed any trip of a non-birding nature can be arranged at any time.

When – All year round.