Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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Must say, this one looks to be full of potential. Saw a huge Ele bull drinking water there in Feb 2005. Birding was great. doesn't look like there will always be water, but still a possible humdinger to visit.
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wildtuinman wrote:doesn't look like there will always be water,

I was there at the beginning of June this year and it was totally dry.
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We normally try and visit every year and I must say it is generally fairly disappointing but nice to be able to stretch ones legs and have something to drink. It was bone dry this June and apart from a few birds nothing moved.
It is located on the mpambane Loop which is a 6 km road off the S25 and joins into the S114.
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I saw crested francolin, natal francolin, 3 banded plover, some other waders(could not id), missed carmine bee-eaters by a few mintes when they came to have a drink. Also saw fork-tailed drongos, 3-streaked tjagra, many doves. Yellow-billed hornbills and starlings also stopped by briefly. There were some good quantity of water around.

A huge bull ele quenched his first and almost surprised some people in the parking area. I was there at the heat of the day around 13:00 in early march. Temp was around 39 deg. So not much activity was going to happen. As long as there is water around it would be a birdhide with great potential. It is nice and quiet and a great place to get away from the Park's heat. Only stayed 20 - 30 mins though. Will try and stop by in September again.
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Birds : doves, starlings, hornbills - as there was no water, these were even scarce.
Just nice to stretch legs and a toilet would have been handy!
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I think you could be right, JB, and if so this guy was lying under that very tree :shock:
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Any idea which pride he belongs to Stephen, he was with another male in Nov 2005, but they were both in the riverbed with a female earlier in the week :wink:
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This is a very impressive example of the Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea). It probably had quite a bit of luck on its side not being damaged by elephant and that helped it to survive to grow to such a prominent tree.

Yes it is indeed on the S119 (Mlambane Loop), close to the Gradenia hide.

Freda - the lion, which are regularly seen in the vicinity, are probably males that associate themselves with the Mlambane Pride. The picture that I have of one of the males taken about the same time is from the opposite side – can not properly ID it from that.
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Been there with and without water, saw plenty birds but no animals, but a few 100 meters down the road a herd of ellies which kept us entertained for ages as they played in water pools.
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Whenever I'm in the South....not too often (26 27 28 Dec 06 at Biyamiti so will definitely go there. Have seen Thick billed Cuckoo down the road from hide, at hide saw the Afsaal wildog pack drink for 10 minutes and i've seen Black bellied Starling, Knob billed Duck, and Greater Honey guide. Its a great setting in the best part of the South
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wildtuinman wrote:I have searched all sources of bird lists in Kruger. I could not find Black-bellied Starling in any of them. You were indeed very lucky to have spotted it. Should send it in to Trevor Hardaker for rarities list.


Black-bellied was recorded during the 2005 KNP birding weekend by a team(s) from Crocodile Bridge.

As far as I know this area, between Croc Bridge and Berg-en-Dal, is where they have mostly been seen.
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That is correct it is the only known area in KNP where they are found....
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Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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Have on more than one occassion seen a number of water dikkops hanging around this water hole, was there on Saturday 21 March 09 and saw about 10 of them.

At the moment it is SO FULL, the water almost reaches the road/parking area.

In April 2008 my mom and I stopped (only car) and as we walked down the passage, heard elephants. By the time we got to the hide, the first ones were just appearing from the left. They kept coming, a whole herd, it was fantastic! A big one at the back of the herd walked passed the hide - VERY close - very exciting! and I realised he could crush the hide in a second if he wanted to... was SO nice to be so close to them without confines of the car. They didn't drink but rather mud-bathed a bit and played around and eventually off they went again until you could see them no more. One of my highlight experiences in the KNP - elephant is my fav animal : )

Have also seen bats there - I always look up in the hides to look for them, even pop your head outside and look up (good spine-twisting exercise) where we saw a few on this hide too. Don't ask me what species! But the one we saw inside was one of the horseshoe types with a rusty coloured fur, too cute!
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Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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These are Mauritian tomb bats and are normally seen roosting like this :wink:

Do you have a pic of the horseshoe?
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Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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We spent some time there earlier this month and I can confirm it has the most water I have ever seen there before. :D

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We didn't get to see any animals but lots of nice birds and plenty of bat droppings on the seats at the one side of the hide. :wink:
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Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)

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On our last few trips to southern KNP, Gardenia Birdhide has become a must stop. We had a herd of ellies move off as we arrived on one occasion, watched a few impies, this last Dec, watched buffies lying around in the water for ages. Even if there are no animals around, we enjoy sitting in the quiet cool hide watching the birdies. It's becoming our favourite birdhide.
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