For the benefit of the people not having access to the stiffnecks threat I repeat my trip report here with some very nice rare bird sightings...
We spent this past week in Central Mozambique. Our main target and mission was to find and photograph the Angola Pitta. On our way up to the Zambezi-valley we managed to do some birding in between and had the privilege to photograph some very special birds. I am sharing just a few of the specials with you to keep the report short. Please note, I kept the photo files very small so the downloading can be as quick as possible.
On the first morning we birded the marshy grasslands around Rio Savane just North of Beira where we saw Locust Finch, Lesser Jacana, Great Snipe and Black-rumped Buttonquail. Unfortunately the area was still a bit dry.
Mangrove Kingfisher is very abundant in the Mangroves along the coast and funny enough we had them up north in the forest as well.
We spent the rest of the day driving to Gorongoza Reserve where we found mixed Broadleaved woodland with Broadbilled Roller, Speckled-throated and Green-backed Woodpeckers, Arnot’s chat and along the taller grassy thickets the Redwinged Warblers.
Spending the night at Chitengo Camp we found the resident Vanga Flycatcher pair and Collared Palmthrush.
The second morning we took the EN6 North to Caia. The rest of the week we stayed at Mpingwe Camp just south of Caia. The forest to the Northeast is very much the same as we found at Chinizua forest a few years back with regulars like the East Coast Akalat and White-breasted Alethe.
The African Broadbill seems to be more obliging than we’ve found in South Africa and Narina Trogans were everywhere.
In the more open areas between the forest patches we had Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike and the Emerald Cuckoo in the open to photograph!
Another species that share the same type of forest habitat as the Pitta is Livingstone's flycatcher.
I also managed brief glimses of Barred Longtailed Cuckoo, Green Malkoa and Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, unfortunately were to slow to photograph.
We found the Pitta on our first morning in the forest and managed to see and photographed the very familiar display, showing off that magnificent red belly and vent!
Lucky for Niall he followed us to the spot and his whole group managed to see the display on their last day in the forest! Pleasure Niall!
Thank you Charl Weitz, for the directions and coordinates, wish you were there!
Overall we had a very successful trip with 6 new lifers to add and many new bird pics!