We will be doing an 8 night Kruger trip in a month's time (Mopani, Shingwedzi, Pafuri, Letaba, Lower Sabie and Tambotie.
Wildtuinman, by Pafuri do you mean Pafuri Camp or the picnic site? If the former, you could indeed ask the guides to show you Ayres', but it would be a very tough call. Sightings are very sporadic and widespread, I have yet to see one there.
The following comments only pertain to die verre noorde van die wildtuin.
- Mottled spinetail have certainly not disappeared from Luvuvhu Bridge, although their presence may be seasonal. They were there this past summer. It is a matter of spotting them amongst all the other swifts and swallows flying around. In my experience, this is easiest when looking down at birds flying under the bridge.
- Böhm's are not tied to the river, maybe they are often seen there because that's where people spend a lot of time looking at the birds flying around. I see them more often away from the river (I usually don't spend that much time on the bridge). The open area just west of the little ridge you cross before you get to the picnic site turn-off is as good a place as any.
- Dickinson's is widespread but scarce. My most recent sightings were on the access road to Pafuri Camp.
- Stierling's. Widespread but not common, more easily heard than seen.
That road is also great for Olive-tree Warbler. Surprisingly easy if you just listen out for them.
And while we are at it, a few of the scarcer species in the far north that haven't yet been mentioned:
- Bathawk. Occasionally flying low along the Luvuvhu at dawn. Also at Lanner Gorge at dusk.
- Black Sparrowhawk. Once on the edge of the Limpopo floodplain just east of Mapimbi.
- Black Eagle. Hutwini Mountain, Lanner Gorge. Earlier this year I saw one pair in the west and another in the east from Lanner Lookout.
- Crowned Eagle. Not uncommon anywhere along the Luvuvhu.
- Pel's. Occasionally from the bridge, more commonly at what is known as pumphouse lookout (not accessible to the general public), and various roosts along the river that can only be reached on foot.
- Three-banded Courser. Not uncommon in suitable habitat in the MCNP, but nevertheless tricky at times.
- Thick-billed cuckoo. When along the river, listen out for them and search the sky.
- African goshawk. Noisy display flight anywhere along the Luvuvhu or Limpopo early morning.
- Narina. Only one or two sightings a year, usually in riverine forest.
- The rarer water fowl and birds. The floodplain pans + a lot of patience.