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 Post subject: Birding: Bontebok
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:55 pm 
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Great birding park (especially for us from the East Coast). There is a flock of Amur Falcons that visits each summer and Black harriers are quite common.. Here's our list (from two, very brief, less than one day stays):

Apalis, Bar-throated
Bishop, Southern Red
Bishop, Yellow
Boubou, Southern
Bulbul, Cape
Buzzard, Common
Buzzard, Jackal
Canary, Yellow
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Cisticola, Grey-backed
Cisticola, Levaillant's
Cormorant, Reed
Cormorant, White-breasted
Crane, Blue
Crow, Cape
Darter, African
Dove, Red-eyed
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Duck, Yellow-billed
Eagle, Martial
Falcon, Amur
Fish-Eagle, African
Flycatcher, Fiscal
Francolin, Cape
Goose, Egyptian
Goose, Spur-winged
Harrier, Black
Heron, Purple
Hoopoe, African
Ibis, Hadeda
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Kite, Black-shouldered
Korhaan, Southern Black
Lapwing, Crowned
Longclaw, Cape
Masked-Weaver, Southern
Mousebird, Red-faced
Mousebird, Speckled
Nightjar, Fiery-necked
Ostrich, Common
Pigeon, Speckled
Pipit, Long-billed
Prinia, Karoo
Robin-Chat, Cape
Saw-wing, Black
Scrub-Robin, Karoo
Seedeater, Streaky-headed
Shrike, Common Fiscal
Sparrow, Cape
Starling, Common
Starling, Pied
Stonechat, African
Stork, White
Sunbird, Greater Double-collared
Sunbird, Malachite
Sunbird, Southern Double-collared
Swallow, Greater Striped
Swallow, Pearl-breasted
Swamp-Warbler, Lesser
Swamphen, African Purple
Thick-knee, Spotted
Thrush, Olive
Turtle-Dove, Cape
Wagtail, Cape
Waxbill, Common
Weaver, Cape
Wheatear, Capped
White-eye, Cape
Whydah, Pin-tailed


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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:50 pm 
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Hi
Thanks for sharing. We are going there next week. Any special places to recommend?


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Robert, from what I recall of wanderw's Bontebok trip report, I think they managed to see quite a lot when doing the short nature-hiking trails. Suggest you do these when you go. Enjoy. :dance:

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Robert, we were in Bontebok over New Year, and the birding was good in the campsite. 8) The nature trails are definitely worth it.

We didn't see many waterbirds while we were there, I think because the river was in flood. If there are more waterbirds, then I think that the trails along the river, and the day visitors picnic spot would be both good places to see birds.

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Thanks everybody, Being new to this site, I can see why it is so popular. I shall surely report back after my visit to Bontebok and Millwood in the Knysna forest.


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Reception area is also good.

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Just to add my 5c again - we camped at Bontebok last weekend - riverview sites - and I have to agree with Restio - saw many birds whilst sitting at our campsite - more than on the 7km trail to the picnic spot. Heard the African Fish Eagle call on two occasions but did not manage to spot. :( Woodpecker (think it was Cardinal) right next to our tent in an old tree - too quick for a pic and postive ID but nevertheless a highlight for us! (Very, very novice birders that we are!)

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 Post subject: Birding in Bontebok
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Hi all stiffnecks,

I am going to BNK in August, and hope to do some birding.

There are quite a few birds on the list that I don't have.

Does anyone have some tips on what to see where?

I realize this is only for discerning, eclectic stiffnecks and not one dimentional Krugerites. :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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Bush Baptist wrote:

I realize this is only for discerning, eclectic stiffnecks and not one dimentional Krugerites. :evil:


Ouch BB :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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I know it is hard to believe sal, but there are many who have never been to any other NP, and thanks to the forum, they have found out that there ARE other parks. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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Oh, OK. Never having been to Bontebok :redface: I can't help, but I look forward to hearing what you saw there.


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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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OK, will do a TR.

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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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Thanks, that'll be great. Have a good time!


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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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BB, I kind of don't see you in Bontebok, to me you are either KTP or KNP. Looking forward to you TR in order to see you in a third disguise :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Birding in Bontebok
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I have visited many SAN Parks Micetta, KTP & KNP are far away....

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