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Re: Tips for reliable birding areas up north...?

Unread post by okie » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:11 pm

Huntsman , welcome to the forum :thumbs_up:

The north is the magic corner of Kruger , and Pafuri is the paradise within paradise . A very early morning drive along Mahonie loop ( from Punda ) will give you lots and lots of birds . Then Pafuri picnic spot , and the drive along the Levubu river to Crooks corner with even more birds is real magic . Watch out for crested guinea fowl , colourful bee-eaters , and a host of other birds , too numerous to mention .

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Re: Tips for reliable birding areas up north...?

Unread post by huntsman » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:33 pm

JA...NEE...!

The photographic side was a nightmare with my main camers's batteries dying after about twenty shots, at which point it literally said 'HELP' in LED letters and never worked again despite new batteries...:-(

The second camera worked perfectly for about 30 shots including some superb close ups of a Giant Kingfisher with my 500mm and 2x converter. Then it too, stopped worked and has an old style battery that they no longer sell in the park, obviously having decided that film user are of little interest financially.

Well, at least I had my Giant KF pics...

Or so I thought until I checked the spooling button and realised that that my teachers at school were correct. I am, in fact, an idiot and of course I had no film in the back up unit! :wall: :wall: :wall:

Other than that, the trip was superb, with 116 confirmed IDs and six lifers, and believe me, it's been a long time since I had one of those!

Good cross section of passarines and non; raptors, waterbirds, thornbush and aerial acrobats - all were present, though I must agree with a birder who remarked to me that there seem to be far fewer birds in the camps themselves. I noticed this four years ago when I was last there, and it's clearly worse now, at least for me.

I visited Pafuri, Punda, Shing, Letaba, Olifants, Satara and Orpen areas, focussing on birds and antelope, but open to everything, and saw plenty. (No Rhino though...wonder why?)

Back at work, with a one-armed tan, positive attitude and a lot less stress...
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Re: Birding: KRUGER

Unread post by DotDan » Mon May 28, 2012 10:55 am

tosha wrote:Hi forum members :)

Am going to KNP in late August and visiting Mopani, Olifants and Skukuza. Any advice on particularly good birding spots/routes on the way down?


Hi there Tosha

August is a very nice time of year as the vegetation is not as thick and it allows for better views of both animals and birds. One or two migrant species should start arriving such as the first Yellow Billed Kite's, Steppe Buzzards and possibly a few species of swallow's should be back.

Unfortunately my knowledge regarding Mopani is rather limited as I have only birded around Letaba and the very north around Punda, but I have spent numerous times birding the area's between Skukuza and Olifants.

Some good "birding" roads and spots to try:

Olifants camp is good in its own right with Mocking Cliff Chats and Grey Headed Bush-Shrikes found between the chalets. From the viewing deck one can try and spot the odd uncommon raptor such as a Lanner Falcon or Peregrine Falcon, but the more common raptors would be the Bateleurs and Fish Eagles. During August you might get the Kite's flying over the Olifants river

One good road to travel is down the S90. A typical open plains habitat that will give you Kori Bustards, Red Crested Korhaan's and early morning is good to try and find the Harlequin Quail's along the edge of the roads. Keep a watch out for African Hawk-Eagle's around Olifants and Balule.. I have found them there on numerous occasions. Also keep a lookout for Sabota Larks and possibly Flappet Larks but the later should still be quiet and difficult to locate around August. This road and the the tar road leading down to Satara traverse through the same type of habitat so both should produce the same birds.

Around Timbavati Picnic spot you can expect to find Black Backed Puffbacks, African Scops Owl (at the picninc site, just ask the staff). Lookout for Saddle Billed Storks in the area. Martial Eagle's are numerous along the S40, as well as Orange Breasted Bush-Shrikes.

Around Satara try and do the S100 - H6 loop and lookout for Buffy Pipits, Senegal Lapwings, Temminck Coursers (especially if they burnt the grass in the area). This loop is also very good for Raptors and Vultures. Lookout for Peregrine Falcon's (especially on the H6), African Hawk-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Hooded and Lappet Faced Vultures. The odd Cape Vulture could also pop up. Kori Bustards, Red Crested Korhaan are numerous and you might find Verraux Eagle-Owl's early in the morning in the trees, and keep a lookout for the small Pearl Spotted Owlet.. (listen for his call)


Further down to Skukuza I would recommend driving down the tar road from Tshokwane to Lower Sabie and see if you can spot some Shelley's Francolin, Small ButtonQuail's, Kori Bustards, Senegal Lapwings.

The main tar road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza is a wonderful birding road, but be prepared to get irritated with the traffic on this road. If you stop for a bird, 20 cars will surround you to look for the Leopard you are busy looking at. None the less, this road is good for Brown Hooded Kingfishers, African Finfoot (if you are lucky enough. Stop at the high level bridges or try Nkulu Picnic spot and scan the river), Giant Kingfishers, Red Billed Firefinches, White Crested Helmet-Shrikes, Orange Breasted Bush-Shrikes, Green Backed Camaroptera, Saddle Billed Storks, African Green Pigeons, BruBru, Black Headed Oriole, Brown Headed Parrots, White Fronted Plover (especially around sunset dam), White Trhoated Robin-Chat, Shikra and Common ScimitarBill's

At Skukuza camp, lookout for the Purple Crested Turaco, Pygmy Kingfisher, Terrestrial BrownBul, Golden Tailed Woodpeckers, African Goshawks, Red Capped Robin-Chats and if you are lucky a Gorgeous Bush-Shrike. Green Twinspots have been recorded in camp during these months when they come down to feed from their higher summer areas. Remember to visit Lake Panic which can sometimes hold some good species when the water levels are good. Village Weavers, Black Crake, Red-Capped Robin-Chats and African Jacana are all easily found here.

Is there any particular species that you are after during this trip?

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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:13 pm

Sunset dam 500 metres along Eloff St from LS is the obvious choice.

If you can get down to the Biyamiti river, there are often birds along the various crossing sites, and it is good predator country.

The hide (forgotten the name) on the S28.

And of course the camp itself, and the low water bridge to the H10.
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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by Highbury » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:24 pm

BB has mentioned Sunset Dam and the low level bridge at L Sabie which are two excellent spots . The area around Muntshe hill and Mlondozi dam is also good . I have seen yellow throated longclaw there quite often , Shelley's Francolin , rock bunting and lesser kestrel .

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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by kite » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:38 pm

The parking lot for Lower Sabie reception and shop was alive with DIEDERICKS cuckoos calling and not afraid to show themselves this past December ! (same dates as you are going)
The skies overhead were alive with raptors for quite a few kilometers on way to Croc Bridge and near Mlondozi picnic spot. Enjoy!

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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:26 am

Your first and foremost stop will be Sunset dam. It is perhaps the best locality in Kruger for waterbird photography as you can get up real close to the water's edge. Kruger needs a lot more of these dams.

African Openbill, Black Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Stork are usually present in summer.

African Openbill
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Waders such as Common Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper are also present most of the time. Look out for more interesting things though.

The much sought after White-crowned Lapwing has also become a permanent feature here.

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The view from the restaurant usually produces herons, more storks, Three-banded Plover and Water Thick-knees. If you have a scope you might want to take it with you to sift through some of the waders.

At night I have seen Fiery-necked Nightjar from the deck.

The car park in Lower Sabie has produced a pair of Thrush Nightingale a couple of seasons ago. So scan the trees thoroughly. Plenty of sunbirds can be seen in camp and at the reception building there is a nice water feature which attracts all sorts of birds, ranging from Blue Waxbill to the attractive White-browed Robin-Chat.

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The bridge over the river is always a productive vantage point for birders. Look below for various Herons, Egrets, Hamerkop, African Pied Wagtail and on nightdrives the big prize, White-backed Night-Heron! Wire-tailed Swallows and Pied Kingfisher are also present most of the time. Various other swifts and swallows can also be seen.

The junction here at the bridge seems good for Common Scimitarbill.

The H10 towards Nkumbe and beyond is great for general grassland birding. Keep your eyes peeled for Bronze-winged Courser (especially at night), Common Quail, Harlequin Quail, Common Ostrich, various Cisticolas, Rufous-naped Lark etc.

Raptors are aplenty in this area with Martial Eagle, African Harrier-Hawk, Amur Falcon, Tawny and Wahlberg's Eagles all on your wait to be seen list. Make sure you look out for Pallid and Montagu's Harriers over the vast grassland. Reedbuck is also common in the area.

As you get closer to Nkumbe be on the lookout for the resident Croaking Cisticola.

Croaking Cisticola
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Just past Nkumbe we have recorded Shelly's Francolin and Flappet Lark.

Shelly's Francolin
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Flappet Lark
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Check out breeding colonies of Red-billed Quelea for Lesser Spotted- and Wahlberg's Eagles feeding on these birds.

From Lower Sabie to Croc Bridge you should be on the lookout for African Barred-Owlet.
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This is also one of only 4 locations in the Park where I have laid eyes on African Goshawk.
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At times this area also plays host to vast numbers of Wattled Starlings when they breed here.

Up towards Skukuza you should encounter Southern Carmine Bee-eaters and White-fronted Bee-eaters (lookout for nesting activity at the Lubyelubye creek just past Sunset dam). Southern Ground Hornbill also roams the area up towards the high water bridge. Look in the more dense tree areas for Narina Trogon and Trumpeter Hornbill.

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters
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White-fronted Bee-eaters
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Nkulu picnic spot is a birder's paradise if you can arrive there before the crowds. Look out for Gabar Goshawk early in the morning as it hunts. African Green Pigeon and Brown-headed Parrot are both common here.

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Scan the river here as well as from the high water bridge for the elusive African Finfoot and Half-collared Kingfisher. We have also recorded immature African Crowned Eagle from the high water bridge 2 Decembers ago!

Further north closer to Skukuza we have even seen Broad-Rollers during the same December.

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Nightdrives from Lower Sabie usually produces Squared-tailed Nightjar and Southern White-faced Scops-Owl.

Molondozi dam is always a good place to park off. Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike for some reason seems common here. Black Saw-wing have also been recorded here.

Lower Sabie is a brilliant birding area and I am sure you will have an excellent time. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:00 am

A full list of birds you can expect to see in the immediate area of Lower Sabie:

Apalis, Bar-throated
Apalis, Yellow-breasted
Avocet, Pied
Babbler, Arrow-marked
Barbet, Acacia Pied
Barbet, Black-collared
Barbet, Crested
Bateleur, Bateleur
Batis, Chinspot
Bee-eater, European
Bee-eater, Little
Bee-eater, Southern Carmine
Bee-eater, White-fronted
Bishop, Southern Red
Bittern, Dwarf
Bittern, Little
Boubou, Southern
Brownbul, Terrestrial
Brubru, Brubru
Buffalo-Weaver, Red-billed
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted
Bunting, Golden-breasted
Bush-Shrike, Gorgeous
Bush-Shrike, Grey-headed
Bush-Shrike, Orange-breasted
Bustard, Black-bellied
Bustard, Kori
Buttonquail, Kurrichane
Buzzard, Lizard
Buzzard, Steppe
Camaroptera, Green-backed
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Chat, Familiar
Cisticola, Croaking
Cisticola, Lazy
Cisticola, Rattling
Cisticola, Red-faced
Cisticola, Zitting
Cliff-Chat, Mocking
Cormorant, Reed
Cormorant, White-breasted
Coucal, Burchell's
Courser, Bronze-winged
Crake, African
Crake, Black
Crake, Corn
Crombec, Long-billed
Cuckoo, African
Cuckoo, Black
Cuckoo, Common
Cuckoo, Diderick
Cuckoo, Great Spotted
Cuckoo, Jacobin
Cuckoo, Klaas's
Cuckoo, Levaillant's
Cuckoo, Red-chested
Cuckooshrike, Black
Darter, African
Dove, African Mourning
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Namaqua
Dove, Red-eyed
Dove, Rock
Dove, Tambourine
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Duck, African Black
Duck, Comb
Duck, White-faced
Duck, Yellow-billed
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Lesser Spotted
Eagle, Long-crested
Eagle, Martial
Eagle, Steppe
Eagle, Tawny
Eagle, Wahlberg's
Eagle-Owl, Spotted
Eagle-Owl, Verreaux's
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Great
Egret, Little
Egret, Yellow-billed
Eremomela, Burnt-necked
Eremomela, Green-capped
Eremomela, Yellow-bellied
Falcon, Amur
Falcon, Peregrine
Finch, Cut-throat
Finch, Red-headed
Firefinch, African
Firefinch, Jameson's
Firefinch, Red-billed
Fiscal, Common
Fish-Eagle, African
Flamingo, Greater
Flycatcher, African Dusky
Flycatcher, Ashy
Flycatcher, Fiscal
Flycatcher, Pale
Flycatcher, Southern Black
Flycatcher, Spotted
Francolin, Coqui
Francolin, Crested
Francolin, Shelley's
Go-away-bird, Grey
Goose, Egyptian
Goose, Spur-winged
Goshawk, African
Goshawk, Dark Chanting
Goshawk, Gabar
Grebe, Little
Greenbul, Sombre
Greenbul, Yellow-bellied
Green-Pigeon, African
Greenshank, Common
Ground-Hornbill, Southern
Guineafowl, Helmeted
Hamerkop, Hamerkop
Harrier, Pallid
Harrier-Hawk, African
Hawk-Eagle, African
Helmet-Shrike, Retz's
Helmet-Shrike, White-crested
Heron, Black-headed
Heron, Goliath
Heron, Green-backed
Heron, Grey
Heron, Purple
Heron, Squacco
Hobby, Eurasian
Honeyguide, Greater
Honeyguide, Lesser
Hoopoe, African
Hornbill, African Grey
Hornbill, Red-billed
Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed
Hornbill, Trumpeter
House-Martin, Common
Ibis, African Sacred
Ibis, Glossy
Ibis, Hadeda
Indigobird, Dusky
Indigobird, Purple
Indigobird, Village
Jacana, African
Kestrel, Dickinson's
Kestrel, Lesser
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Kingfisher, Giant
Kingfisher, Malachite
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Striped
Kingfisher, Woodland
Kite, Black
Kite, Black & Yellowbilled
Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Yellow-billed
Korhaan, Red-crested
Lapwing, African Wattled
Lapwing, Blacksmith
Lapwing, Crowned
Lapwing, Senegal
Lapwing, White-crowned
Lark, Dusky
Lark, Flappet
Lark, Rufous-naped
Lark, Sabota
Longclaw, Yellow-throated
Mannikin, Bronze
Martin, Brown-throated
Martin, Sand
Masked-Weaver, Lesser
Masked-Weaver, Southern
Moorhen, Common
Moorhen, Lesser
Mousebird, Red-faced
Mousebird, Speckled
Myna, Common
Neddicky, Neddicky
Nicator, Eastern
Night-Heron, Black-crowned
Night-Heron, White-backed
Nightingale, Thrush
Nightjar, European
Nightjar, Fiery-necked
Nightjar, Freckled
Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked
Nightjar, Square-tailed
Openbill, African
Oriole, Black-headed
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Osprey, Osprey
Ostrich, Common
Owl, Barn
Owl, Marsh
Owlet, Pearl-spotted
Oxpecker, Red-billed
Painted-snipe, Greater
Palm-Swift, African
Paradise-Flycatcher, African
Paradise-Whydah, Long-tailed
Parrot, Brown-headed
Penduline-Tit, Grey
Petronia, Yellow-throated
Pipit, African
Pipit, Bushveld
Plover, Kittlitz's
Plover, Three-banded
Plover, White-fronted
Prinia, Tawny-flanked
Puffback, Black-backed
Pygmy-Kingfisher, African
Pytilia, Green-winged
Quail, Harlequin
Quailfinch, African
Quelea, Red-billed
Reed-Warbler, African
Reed-Warbler, Great
Robin-Chat, Red-capped
Robin-Chat, White-browed
Robin-Chat, White-throated
Roller, European
Roller, Lilac-breasted
Roller, Purple
Ruff, Ruff
Rush-Warbler, Little
Sandgrouse, Double-banded
Sandpiper, Common
Sandpiper, Curlew
Sandpiper, Marsh
Sandpiper, Wood
Scimitarbill, Common
Scops-Owl, African
Scops-Owl, Southern White-faced
Scrub-Robin, Bearded
Scrub-Robin, White-browed
Secretarybird, Secretarybird
Seedeater, Streaky-headed
Shikra, Shikra
Shrike, Lesser Grey
Shrike, Magpie
Shrike, Red-backed
Shrike, Southern White-crowned
Snake-Eagle, Black-chested
Snake-Eagle, Brown
Snipe, African
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed
Sparrowhawk, Little
Sparrowlark, Chestnut-backed
Spoonbill, African
Spurfowl, Natal
Spurfowl, Swainson's
Starling, Burchell's
Starling, Cape Glossy
Starling, Greater Blue-eared
Starling, Red-winged
Starling, Violet-backed
Starling, Wattled
Stilt, Black-winged
Stint, Little
Stonechat, African
Stork, Black
Stork, Marabou
Stork, Saddle-billed
Stork, White
Stork, Woolly-necked
Stork, Yellow-billed
Sunbird, Amethyst
Sunbird, Collared
Sunbird, Marico
Sunbird, Purple-banded
Sunbird, Scarlet-chested
Sunbird, White-bellied
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Grey-rumped
Swallow, Lesser Striped
Swallow, Mosque
Swallow, Red-breasted
Swallow, White-throated
Swallow, Wire-tailed
Swamp-Warbler, Lesser
Swift, African Black
Swift, Alpine
Swift, Common
Swift, Horus
Swift, Little
Swift, White-rumped
Tchagra, Black-crowned
Tchagra, Brown-crowned
Teal, Red-billed
Tern, White-winged
Thick-knee, Spotted
Thick-knee, Water
Thrush, Groundscraper
Thrush, Kurrichane
Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted
Tit, Southern Black
Tit-Flycatcher, Grey
Turaco, Purple-crested
Turtle-Dove, Cape
Vulture, Cape
Vulture, Hooded
Vulture, Lappet-faced
Vulture, White-backed
Vulture, White-headed
Wagtail, African Pied
Wagtail, Cape
Warbler, Garden
Warbler, Icterine
Warbler, Marsh
Warbler, Olive-tree
Warbler, Willow
Waxbill, Blue
Waxbill, Common
Waxbill, Orange-breasted
Waxbill, Violet-eared
Weaver, Red-headed
Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Thick-billed
Weaver, Village
White-eye, Cape
Whydah, Pin-tailed
Widowbird, Fan-tailed
Widowbird, Red-collared
Widowbird, White-winged
Wood-Dove, Emerald-spotted
Wood-Hoopoe, Green
Woodpecker, Bearded
Woodpecker, Bennett's
Woodpecker, Cardinal
Woodpecker, Golden-tailed
Wren-Warbler, Stierling's
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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:32 am

It's always a pleasure SAGecko, shout if you need any further help. :D

As a side note, there used to be a Resident Pel's Fishing-Owl which could be seen from the high water bridge (What's the road? H12?) before the floods destroyed some of those big trees there. But one never knows and it is always worthwhile to scan those big trees whilst you wait for the Finfoot to arrive. :wink:


How did you guess, BB? :tongue:
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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:24 am

Wow WTM :clap:

The bridge just South of LS is a great birding spot! The Goliath heron and grey herons wade through the water daily looking for fish! The Green backed heron can often times be seen on the rocks as you get to the bridge 8)
The pied kingfisher may pay you a visit! 8) Check the trees for the fish eagles :D

The H12 Bridge to the NW of Lower Sabi is a great place to see the Giant and Pied Kingfisher 8) But I would think your best road for birding would be the S30 Salitjie Road! Running alongside the Sabi River and nice and peaceful :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lower Sabie Birding Spots?

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:29 am

SAGecko wrote:Oh, for goodness sake WTM..... Are you trying to turn me into a southerner?

Pels AND Finfoot. Two lifers that I might sell my kids for :twisted:


:twisted: :twisted:

You still have a much better chance of finding Pel's up north in my opinion, but one never knows. Look long enough in enough big riverine trees in the South and you may just find that Orange creature in one of them.

As cheetah2111 mentioned, the Salitje road is a nice road if cars don't kick up too much dust. There are several loops off this gravel road. All providing nice vantage points over the river. A few years ago another bloke reported African Finfoot almost daily during a week visit from this road on one of the loops and if I am not mistaken it was also round about this very same time of the year.

I prefer Northern Kruger myself because of the solitude one gets up there, but the South does have some other special qualities which you cannot discard.
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Re: Visiting Punda Maria for Pennant Winged Nightjars

Unread post by OwenWatson » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:10 pm

Now back in a very chilly and damp UK, I wanted to just say a big thank-you for the advice that worked out superbly.

We were in Punda Maria in early December and I was the only person who signed-up for the Sunset Drive, which meant that I was able to go heavy on birds for the whole trip. The guide, Thomas, took me to his pennant-winged nightjar spot and I enjoyed probably one of my greatest ever birding moments, as about half a dozen of the males displayed all around us. Incredible views of gorgeous birds for which I am extremely indebted to Thomas.

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Re: Birding: KRUGER

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:53 pm

Hi all

Everytime I go to Kruger I am blown away by the birding, particularly in the summer months when all the migrant are back.

My top birding tip - get to know your bird calls. I've always been keen on birding in Kruger but I've only ever made use of bird books and other references. About 2 years back I got my hands on some bird call CDs and took some time to get to know the more commonly heard calls.

I can't tell you what a difference this made. All of a sudden you start hearing and seeing birds that you would never of noticed in the past. It adds a whole new dimension to the birding experience.

You also get to know alarm calls and distress calls which can often lead to some good game sightings. I reckon half of my leopard sightings in the last 2 years have come as a result of listening to birds sounding the alarm...

Here is one of my personal favourites, the white fronted bee - eater :thumbs_up:

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Great topic - thanks :clap:

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Re: Birding: KRUGER

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:28 am

Hi James

I would recommend reading Wildtuinman's write up's of that area, some great tips to be found there!

What I can add is to also do the Muntshe hill loop from the H10. Especially early morning where you have a good chance of finding Shelley's Francolin. That time of year should also see the likes of Montagu Harriers back in that area.. great habitat for them. Flappet Lark is also common there. Yellow Throated Longclaw, Croacking Cisticola can also be found with relative ease.

The S25 between Croc Bridge and Biyamiti is another great birding road as it runs along the Croc river so you can expect to find some nice birds that you generally only find more north in the park for example, I have found Mosque Swallow, Trumpeter Hornbill, Dark Chanting Goshawk and Retz Helmet Shrike on that road all on one drive. Also a great road for Shikra, White Faced Scops Owl and all the migrating Cuckoo's.


The S28 is also another good road for the open plains birds such as Secretary bird, Red Crested Korhaan, Black Bellied Bustard. Also lookout for Harriers and Raptors coming in from the Mozambique side, you never know when a Sooty Falcon is going to pitch up ;)

A night drive is really recommended, not sunset drive. Ask the guide to go over the bridge at Lower Sabie and see if you can spot a White Backed Night heron in the open.

Crocodile Bridge camp is another great birding spot were Yellow Rumped Tinkerbird can be found.

Any specific birds that you are targeting?


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