@WTM: Can you tell me some more about birding at Berg-en-Dal?
What exactly do you want to know, Gwennie?
I would like to know why you think it's awesome. (I'm still doing research and trying to decide on 2 camps for dec 2006, B&D is on the list)
BnD's Matjulu dam is a great place to look for waterbirds. On a quick search you will be likely to find black crake, african jacana, green-backed heron, three-banded plovers and many other waders which I realy found difficult to id. There are also sometimes up to 4 different kingfishers to be seen. Brown-hooded and Striped although not actual fishers, but insect eaters are fairly common. As bert mentioned, the resident fisheagles are always around. It is also one place to see the 747, although I have not been so priviledged.
Kurrichane thrush, white-bellied sunbird, Collared Sunbird(especially near the kiddies jungle gym) and Natal francolin frequents the camp together with some woodpeckers like the cardinal.
On the Matjulu loop you might be lucky to see Verreaux eagle. Last summer an Elanora falcon was around, and who knows it might return this year. Also the rare Orange-winged Pytilia was seen at the dam last summer.
Brown-headed parots are fairly common and so is Black-crowned and Brown-crowned Tchagras. Just east of BnD and Malelane was the only place where I have ever seen Senegal Lapwing. Gabar Goshawk and Augur Buzzard also seems to favour the area.
Also in summer, Red-backed Shrike and Lesser Grey Shrike are common around BnD.
On the nightdrives, you are likely to find in summer Square-tailed nightjar, spotted-eagle owl and fiery-necked nightjar.
Red-billed firefinches are always present and also look out for the green-backed camaroptera in the thich entangling bushes. If there where rain, make sure to visit the Gardenia birdhide too.
BnD to me is truely a great birding spot!!
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