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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:21 am

Nice advice anyone. I have never birded there before, only drove past it once and saw the most beautiful Martial Eagle right next to the highway! The road between here and Uniondale also seems excellent for Black Harrier as I spotted 4 - 5 different birds on a single drive.

There was a lovely insert on this park on 50/50 on Monday night and I saw that they were introducing lions now as well.

What I can add is that there are a couple of interesting new records found in the park recently namely Common Scimiterbill and a very lost Crimson-breasted Boubou (Shrike) was found closer to Graaf Reinette. See if you can get hold of the Graaf Reinette bird club to get more info on these two rare species for that area.
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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby Penza » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:00 pm

I had four great days in Mountain Zebra; what a wonderful park and so well run too. It was extremely dry especially compared to humid Durban. We saw 77 birds in four days, 11 of which were lifers for me. I saw the Double-banded courser as in the photo posted by Kaapsedraai - what a beautiful bird. It was great to spend some time trying to figure out which lark was which. We were also treated to Ludwigs Bustard on 3 separate occasions; each time flying. Another thing I really enjoyed was expereincing a different cast of bird characters than our usual suspects in Durban like Scaly-feathered Finch, Rufous-eared Warbler, Bokmakierie, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Grey Tit and many more. I hope to return again - next time in summer when more migrants are back. cheers Penny
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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby MxM » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:47 pm

I visited this underestimated gem earlier this year. Fine, so I was there out of prime birding season, but it was so peaceful and had that unique Karoo beauty that just envelops you. Btw, their restaurant has really good food, particularly the 2 shank options!

I found that there were 2 places in camp that were rewarding for birds, behind the chalets in the late afternoon/evening and around the laundry during the day. In terms of out and about, pretty much anywhere is good, but I found the high areas best for variety (particularly of the LBJs) and the area between the park entrance and the camp had some interesting sightings.

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I will post some more later

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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby MxM » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:42 pm

Sorry, did move them into a folder after sorting them. Btw, please let me know if I got an ID wrong :hmz:

Let's try again :redface:

Scaly-throated finch
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Grass pipit
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Rock pipit
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Karoo prinia
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Grey-winged francolin
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Large-billed pipit
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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby MxM » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:35 am

Thanks for the kind comments on the images guys. I will post some more from this magically quiet place later.

hilda, thanks for the link, have read that thread a bit, will post some queries from my lifelist there when I audit it after my KTP trip, dont want to claim 400 and then I have some lbj that is really just another grass pipit :evil:

I saw the francolins twice, both times on the plateau. The one time was at the intersection of the Rooiplaat and Kranskop loops, the other between said intersection and the Umgeni loop.
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Re: Birding visit to Mountain Zebra

Unread postby MxM » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:58 pm

Tractrac chat
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Rock pipit behind the chalets (which are really luxurious and have great views)
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Karoo scrub-robin
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Sickle-winged chat
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I know they are low on colour, but these guys make up for it with personality!

Have a great evening

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Mountain Zebra: Trip Report focusing on birds

Unread postby Penza » Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:54 pm

My reason for visiting Mountain Zebra was to gain exposure to a different habitat and therefore different birds from what I am accustomed to in Durban. What a lovely reserve; beautiful in its aridity. As well as 11 lifers, I also picked up quite a few extras for my yearlist.

Southern Boubou was a frequent visitor at the chalet. Despite hearing this bird frequently, I dont see it as much.

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IMG_5915 by Penza1957, on Flickr

White-browed Sparrow-weavers were nest building outside the chalet so we saw a lot of them too.

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White-browed Sparrow-weaver by Penza1957, on Flickr

We went to the picnic site and found Cape Robin-chat, Chinspot Batis and Cape Bunting

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Cape Bunting by Penza1957, on Flickr

On the way back we hit the high road and were rewarded with this Jackal Buzzard hovering above

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IMG_5969 by Penza1957, on Flickr

The Rooiplaat and Kranskop loops were very productive. Here we saw Rufous-eared Warblers, Cape Sparrow, and Scaly-feathered Finch in amongst the ground squirrels, suricates and yellow mongoose.

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Scaly-feathered Finch by Penza1957, on Flickr

I was hoping to see a Sickle-winged Chat but every chat turned out to be a Familiar, until we stumbled across this one.

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Sickle-winged Chat by Penza1957, on Flickr

Then came the fun and games in trying to differentiate between the larks and pipits. Luckily we had Faansie Peacock's brilliant LBJ book. All in all we saw four different larks but only one pipit, you guessed it - African Pipit. The larks were Eastern Clapper Lark, Eastern Longbilled Lark, Spike heeled Lark and Large-billed Lark.

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Large-billed Lark by Penza1957, on Flickr

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Eastern Long-billed Lark by Penza1957, on Flickr

On to some black and buff beauties; Buff-streaked Chat; Northern Black Korhaan and Double-banded Courser

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Buff-streaked Chat by Penza1957, on Flickr

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Northern Black Korhaan by Penza1957, on Flickr

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Double banded Courser by Penza1957, on Flickr

I had been longing to see a bokmakierie as I haven't seen one for years. We heard them all over the place but there were none in sight until the last day when I was rewarded.

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Bokmakierie by Penza1957, on Flickr

I've had a Karoo craving ever since I've been back

Penny
Latest lifers: Large-billed Lark; Southern Grey Tit; Ludwig's Bustard; Barau's Petrel; Lemon Dove


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