These are two post from SABN. Hope i'm allowed to do this
Hi other netters interested in the Shipandani WBNHs
The WBNHs (yes, plural...) were seen on 23 and 24 September 2006, at which stage they were sitting on a clutch of 3 eggs. Directly in front of the hide on the far side of the river is a solitary palm tree / bush growing out of / on the river bank - the nest was situated in overhanging vegetation directly below and slightly to the left of the palm (if you were to draw an imaginary square over the palm, the nest was in the bottom left hand corner of the square... if that makes any sense...?).
The best views were probably obtained from the first 3 benches on your left as you enter the hide and, although well camouflaged when sitting still on the nest, the bird was nonetheless visible. Both prospective parents did however come and go at irregular intervals, at which point they'd obligingly pose for saturation scope and binocular views (I hate it when that happens...).
Good luck and let the rest of us know if there are any hatchlings / fledglings around!
WHITE-BACKED NIGHT-HERONS AND OTHER GEMS ON THE LETABA RIVER
I was in the northern Kruger National Park last weekend and stayed at Shimuweni Bush Camp - north-west of Letaba. We enjoyed some terrific birding without even leaving the the camp, with all the usual suspects putting in an appearance. In the late afternoon we decided to go on the 'sunset' drive organised by the camp and our excellent driver-guide Johan took us across a causeway on the Letaba River. As the sun was setting, a glorious female Greater Painted Snipe was seen on the causeway, with a radiant Malachite Kingfisher perched directly behind it, low in the reeds; quite a picture! Also tip-toeing about in the shallows were Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black Crake and Three-banded Plover. On our return over this same causeway at about 19h15, an adult and immature White-backed Night- Heron were fishing (or frogging?) in the shallow water as it spilled over the road . . . the birds were quite relaxed in the spotlight and provided brilliant views as hundreds of fireflies danced above the inky water (this magical sighting overshadowed the powerful male Leopard we had encountered about ten minutes earlier). Watching a glowing full moon rise above the leafless baobab trees, while an African Scops-Owl chirped nearby, rounded off a memorable evening.
These are truely amazing birds and very hard to find. Still need then for my list