Sweni Bird Hide

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JimS
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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

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We were at Sweni Bird Hide last week, the water is getting less and a layer of green vegetation is covering most of the water, the hippo's are covered in a green garland

Birds - grey heron, goliath heron, green backed heron, black headed night heron, squacco heron, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, giant kingfisher, brown hooded kingfisher, openbill stork, yellow billed stork, saddlebilled stork, black crake, fish eagles, painted snipe, cattle egret, great white egret, little egret, and lots more.

Late in the afternoon we had elephant down to drink and eat, for three days in succession a group of 20 elephant surrounded the hide and were within touching distance. One afternoon we counted over 90 elephants coming to drink from every direction.

The water at the causeway had almost dried up.

Jim
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Re: Sweni Bird Hide

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Wildkyker

We have seen blue cheeked bee eaters several times at the Sweni hide, but mostly in late summer, and none on our recent October visit. We have also seen the bee eater at Thongonyeni water hole near Mopani, but again in late summer.

At Sweni keep an eye open for Whitebacked Night Heron, a relatively rare bird, not easy to see but the bird tends to hang around directly opposite the hide where you can see Blacked Crowned Night Heron. My wife took some nice pics of the Whitebacked Night Heron, one pic won her a pair of Nikon binos.

Jim
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