TRAVELLING NATURALIST TRIP REPORT

South Africa

2 - 19 November 2001


Leaders:
Graham Hearl - Mallorca
Mark & Jean Caulton - Umkomaas, Durban

Friday 2nd November Travel Day

The group met up at London Heathrow and had a good overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Saturday 3rd November Travel Day to Hoedspruit airport and Kruger N.P.

We arrived at Johannesburg airport at about ten o'clock and then had to get through immigration. We collected our luggage and went through customs to check in for a National flight to Hoedspruit airport. The flight was very good and we had good views of the landscape beneath.

When we arrived at the airport at Hoedspruit we were greeted by Mark and Jean, our local leaders for this trip with our transport. We saw a Bateleur, Cape Wagtail and Cape Starlings. We then drove to Talamati Camp, and it had a very good hide which we all looked in at night and in the morning.

On the way we took in some wildlife such as Steenbok, Impala, Warthog, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and a Leopard Tortoise and of course birds such as Black-headed Tchagra, Burchell's Starling, Egyptian Geese, Hadeda Ibis and many other species.

We did our first log of the tour, had a very good dinner prepared by Jean, and we did see an African Scops Owl after dinner. We had an early night as we intended to get up at dawn for an early birdwatch

Sunday 4th November Talamati Camp, Kruger N. P.

We started off early at about five o'clock and looked at the Talamati Camp grounds including the hide. We saw Crested Barbet, Arrow-marked Babblers, Hadeda Ibis, and Burchell's Starling plus other goodies.

We left at seven o'clock and drove to our new site, Satara Camp, a much larger one. On the way we saw Impala, Zebra, Buffalo, Waterbuck plus Steenbok.

We also saw some very good birds such as Martial Eagle, Three-banded Plover, White-faced Whistling Duck, Egyptian Geese and Knob-billed Duck plus a Water Dikkop.

For the afternoon just after an excellent lunch by Jean we walked the compounds getting to grips with starlings and weavers. At four o'clock we went for another drive with Mark seeing mammals such as Waterbuck, Impala, Giraffe, Zebra AND a Lioness with three young cubs suckling and playing with mum. We also saw four male Lions later on just kipping so we did not get good views of them.

We continued on to a 'water hole', in fact a large lake, seeing African Darter, four Pied Kingfisher, a young Fish Eagle on nest and an adult Fish Eagle close by plus other birds including Black Crake. We returned the same way seeing the males again lying down, plus close views of game by the track. We dined in the restaurant at Satara.

Monday 5th November Drive out to Olifants river

We started very early at five o'clock and saw the BIG FIVE (Elephant, Buffalo, White Rhinoceros, Lion AND Leopard). We saw two big male Elephants, a pride of Lions a big male and females and Irene spotted the White Rhinoceros.

The weather was cloudy and windy but we stopped at Olifants River and saw Crowned Plover (now Lapwing) Striated Heron, Yellow-billed Storks, Giant Kingfisher, Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamus, Malachite Kingfisher and other birds but not a good place to stop because of the wind. However we did see a female Amur Falcon and just up the road a Leopard just slowly walking away from us in the bus but he did turn and looked at us in the van.

We decided to go the long way round to get back at about twelve o'clock luckily for us we saw the Leopard and after we saw a wonderful Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan as they say). We then saw lots of Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Steenbok plus birds of course.

We had a barbeque lunch, lots of sausages which were really good, and then relaxed before having tea at four o'clock and going for a night drive at five thirty. On our way we saw a couple of male Lions eating a female Buffalo and calf. We also saw Burchell's Coucals - at least four - and a female Spotted Hyena by the road where she had a den under a culvert, our guide said she has two cubs.

We then got into a herd of five hundred Buffalo which was very impressive - I had never seen such a large herd in my life. We then got into darkness and Chris spotted an African Wild Cat which was close to the road. We continued on but saw very little except insectivore bats. We returned by half past eight and Ann, Alistair and I did the bird and mammal list. By the way Jean had supplied rolls and beer for us all.

Tuesday 6th November Drive to Lower Sabie Camp and drive later in the day

The weather started off cloudy with some rain but it cleared to hot sun later by lunch time.

We started off early at five fifteen and saw two magnificent male Lions. . At the breakfast stop we saw Heuglin's Robin (White-browed Robin-chat), two Black Cuckoos and a Jacobin Cuckoo plus of course the usual birds such as weavers.

We passed a two thousand year old baobab tree and looking down over the plains from a viewpoint, Ann's sharp eyes spotted six Rhinoceros feeding below. We also saw two Klipspringer right by the road on the way to the camp. We also saw another very big herd of Buffalo about three hundred strong plus herds of Elephant about thirty strong. We stopped at a water hole and saw two young Saddle-billed Storks.

At the camp we saw four Yellow-fronted Canary and two Violet-crested Lourie (Turaco).

The afternoon drive was very good. We stopped at a water hole, in fact quite a big one, and saw Marabou Storks and over forty Jacana plus other water birds. We then left and drove down some tracks seeing two Lions and two White Rhinoceros, both males.

We then headed for home seeing many Impala and quite a few francolins.

A very good meal waited for us prepared by Jean.

Wednesday 7th November Early morning drive & Drive to Berg en dal camp

Our early morning drive was excellent, seeing Lions and a big herd of Buffalo including a female Buffalo with a set of amazing horns curving right down to the ground. There were many Impala, Greater Kudu and a few birds including Red-backed Shrike AND four Shelley's Francolin which Wanda spotted for us.

We returned for breakfast at eight o'clock and left at nine o'clock. Our drive to Berg en dal camp was fine as we saw an African Barred Owl spotted by Jean. Of course we saw Impala, Greater Kudu, Elephants including a wonderful herd by the side of the road and crossing with a second matriarch giving us big welly with her ears and tail. Just before arrival Mark spotted an adult Saddle-billed Stork just to show us, as it was on the front cover of the Travelling Naturalist checklist.

After lunch we went on a game drive out of Berg en dal Camp hopefully to see Leopard. AND YES we did see Leopard and again the BIG FIVE. However, the Leopard was kipping in a tree with legs dangling.

We also saw a few good birds such as Striped Cuckoo Black Flycatcher, and Black-headed Oriole. We dined in the restaurant.

Thursday 8th November Drive to Wakkerstroom

We woke up and it was raining, we had a coffee and tea and said we would go for a walk around the Berg en dal camp. We started at five thirty and saw Water Dikkop, two Brown-hooded Kingfishers and other birds plus a heard Gorgeous Bush-shrike very close but not seen.

We left at eight o'clock to get out of Kruger N. P and then headed for Wakkerstroom, a wonderful wet area; however it rained all day. We stopped just before the town of Ermelo at a lake covered in pond weed and Red-knobbed Coots. We stopped and got out the telescopes to find many birds including Marsh and Wood Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Duck, Southern Pochard, Cape Shoveler and White-backed Duck. We also saw two African Spoonbill, Grey Heron, lots of Little and one Great Crested Grebe plus other waders including a Ruff and about twelve Little Stint.

We arrived at Wakkerstroom and saw two distant Southern Crowned Cranes and at Wakkerstroom two a lot closer.

When we arrived at the cottages we saw Speckled Pigeon and Red-winged Starling. An excellent evening meal by Jean at Rose Cottage where a roaring fire had been lit because it was wet and COLD.

Friday 9th November Drive around Wakkerstroom

The weather was cold and cloudy but no rain as such. We had a late breakfast and started at eight o'clock. Around Rose Cottage we saw many Speckled Pigeon plus Red Bishops etc. We saw many species of birds including Hottentot and Red-billed Teal, Purple Gallinule, Moorhen, lots of Common Snipe a few Wood Sandpiper and White-throated, Greater striped and South African Cliff Swallows.

After looking at the marsh we then headed into the higher grassland area where we saw Levaillant's Cisticola, Pied Starling and lots of Long-tailed Widowbirds. We also saw Cape Weaver and Cape Crow.

On the way back we dropped off Jean and then headed for a quarry as we had missed out on Ground Woodpecker. On the way we saw just by the track a marvellous Malachite Sunbird in splendid colour.

At the quarry which was a ten minute walk up hill Irene spotted two Ground Woodpeckers in a bush. Mark taped them and they certainly flew around and on rocks so we could see them.

We lunched and then went out at one thirty again in the steppe/grassland area. We saw Grassveldt Pipits and hoped for Blue Korhaan. We again travelled the track and stopped at a dam where we saw, on the way Blesbok and at the dam Rock Hyrax plus more Buff-striped Rock-chat and a Cape Robin-chat. We then travelled a new length of the track past quite a few mud areas and on the return we saw YES three Blue Korhaan plus a few Spur-winged Geese. On the way home most of us then decided to head for the hide at Wakkerstroom and saw a European Sand Martin, we then walked home just to get some walking in. Again a roaring fire with excellent fare.

Saturday 10th November Drive from Wakkerstroom to Mkuze N.P.

We started off at eight o'clock after breakfast and did a little detour just to see Blue Crane. However they were not around but we did see a Bald Ibis. We left the high grasslands dropping down to low grasslands through vast sugar cane fields, eucalyptus and pine plantations. Later in the morning we saw a Black-bellied Korhaan which is the limit of its range up in the high grasslands. We arrived at Mantuma Camp, Mkuze at about one o'clock seeing on the way lots of Brown-hooded Kingfishers, two Crested Guineafowl and a Nyala both male and female.

For the afternoon at four o'clock we did a drive for mammals seeing quite a few birds and lots of mammals including Nyala, Impala, Greater Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Grey Duiker AND a Black Rhinoceros plus, of course, five White Rhinoceros.

On the way back there was a snake in the road plus lots of frogs hopping out of the way of the bus. Mark certainly missed most of them.

On the way back we saw two Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin and a Natal Robin-chat. That was the end of the day and very special it was too. Jean looked after us very well at cottage sixteen.

Sunday 11th November morning walk, game drive to Ensuma pan, Mkuze N.P.

The weather was cloudy and dull for the walk but cleared later to hot sun.

We started at five o'clock and saw Rosy Twinspot, Olive Sunbird, Fan-tailed Flycatcher, Bar-throated and Yellow-breasted Apalis, two Eastern Bearded Scrub- robins, Sombre and Yellow-bellied Greenbuls, Yellow-spotted Nicator plus other birds.

We left for the drive at seven thirty to go to Ensumo pan and saw on the way a pair of Greater Ringed Plover, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and Wood and Marsh Sandpiper. We also saw two wonderful Black Heron doing their cowl thing plus Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodiles, Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Little Egrets plus other birds. We returned via a large hide where we saw two Yellow-throated Petronias (Sparrows), two Golden-breasted Buntings, a Black-bellied Starling and a Greater Scimitarbill plus of course other birds.

When we returned to our camp outside the No 16 cottage we saw a Natal Green Snake.

After tea at three thirty we then went on another game drive at quarter to four seeing lots of game such as Impala, Nyala AND a female and calf of Black Rhinoceros.

Monday 12th November Drive to False bay and Charter's Creek

We started before breakfast and went on the river walk at Muntama Camp and saw Crowned and Trumpeter Hornbill. We breakfasted and then drove towards St.Lucia wetlands where we stopped at the Ilala Weavers craft gallery for a little retail therapy and where some very good crafts were on view. We then went to False Bay where we saw a Red Duiker, a very small duiker, and lots of Little Stint, Yellow Weavers, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle and a few Curlew Sandpipers. We had lunch by the estuary seeing Egyptian Goose, one Greenshank and Great White Egret. On the way to Charter's creek we saw another Red Duiker and at Charter's Creek yet another mother feeding a baby Red Duiker.

We met at three thirty and walked around Charter's Creek seeing Great White and Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow Weavers plus other birds enjoying a superb double rainbow before the rain started in earnest.

Tuesday 13th November Drive to Durban and drive to Drakensberg mountains

Weather wet for the early morning walk drying later to hot sun on the drive to Mark and Jean's house at Umkomaas near Scottburgh. Cloudy later but cleared to sun when we got to Sani Pass Hotel at Drakensberg.

Our early morning walk got us Brown Robin and White-eared Barbet but that was all - we even got wet. After breakfast we drove to St. Lucia by the coast and saw lots of waders including Terek Sandpiper, Sanderling, Turnstone and White-fronted Plover. We saw Grey-headed Gulls, Swift Terns and Caspian Terns plus ten odd Yellow-billed Storks and a Pink-backed Pelican. The drive to Mark and Jean's house was long but John spotted a Long-crested Eagle on a post quite near the toll, we even had another alight on the grass but we could not stop.

We lunched at Mark and Jean's place at Umkomaas, which was fantastic and we saw a Southern Black Flycatcher plus other birds, and a Humpback Whale was spotted out at sea. We said good bye to Jean as we were going to the Drakensberg mountains.

We left at about two o'clock and drove to the Sani Pass Hotel in the Drakensberg mountains seeing on the way a Black-shouldered Kite diving on an African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene) in superb plumage. We arrived at Sani Pass Hotel at about five thirty. Views from Hotel towards the pass were stunning and we ed in hotel restaurant.

Wednesday 14th November Sani pass NO!!! drive around farmland

We started early at five-thirty to go to the waterfall but it was wet so we walked around the hotel. The weather was fine and sunny after a misty start. Chris and I saw Southern Bou Bou, Malachite Sunbird three Greater Collared Sunbirds seen very well and two magnificent Black Sunbirds. We watched the two males for some time getting the green head and purple throat very well indeed.

We then went for breakfast which was huge. We then met up with Mark who said that the vehicle was late because of a puncture. We headed up to Sani Pass passing the South African Post for passports and headed up to the Lesotho border. However on the way up we got into trouble with a broken half shaft so we travelled back down again. However on the way up we saw three or four Gurney's Sugarbird.

We stopped at the hotel for coffee and then drove around the farmland picking up Long-billed Pipit and Black Wildebeest plus Blesbok. We also saw lots of Fiscal Shrike. Looking towards Sani Pass we saw a great electrical storm brewing so perhaps it was just as well that the journey to the pass was cancelled.

Thursday 15th November Sani top and Lesotho YES

The weather was cloudy and certainly misty getting up to Lesotho but there it was clear for the morning. At lunch the mist came in and it was very very misty. Going down the weather cleared and we got some more good birds

Our early morning walk produced little except two Black Duck.

After breakfast we travelled to Lesotho getting some very good birds on the way. We stopped at the top for some very good birds including Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) and we had lunch at Sani Top chalet, the highest pub in Africa, with excellent sausages.

Our list was very good on the way up, at the top and on the way down including some endemics - Orange-throated Rockjumper, White-necked Raven, Black Stork, Sicklewinged Chat, Sentinel Rock Thrush, Mountain Pipit, Thick-billed Lark, Lanner, Yellow-eyed Canary, Cape Rock Thrush, Red-capped Lark, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Bunting, Fairy Flycatcher, Layards Tit babbler, Yellow-rumped Widowbird, Grassbird plus four Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), with one adult sitting on the ground eating old bones.

Friday 16th November drive to Scottburgh

The weather was cloudy for the morning and an absolute downpour for all the afternoon. We stopped at a nice wet area for the morning seeing three Whiskered Terns, two Purple Heron, three Black-headed Heron, one Black-crowned Night Heron plus coots and moorhens. We also saw on the way Long-crested Eagles, Steppe Buzzards and Long-tailed Widowbirds. We stopped for lunch at a forest called Ingeli Forest but it was raining hard so Mark found us an old derelict garage so we kept dry. We were going into the forest but the rain stopped us. Again we were going to Oribi flats and gorge but again the rain stopped us. Mark said it was coming from the coast so we arrived at Aberdale Manor, Scottburgh which is a very nice place to stay so we had a cup of tea and waited for the rain to stop but NO. Our hosts Joan and Brian looked after us very well indeed for the evening.

Saturday 17th November Vernon Crookes N. R. and Oribi Gorge

The weather was kind to us cloudy and sun later but cloud and heavy wind at lunch and later.

Our early morning walk gave us a few birds such as three Greater Ringed Plover, Black-collared Barbet, Black Sunbird, Black-bellied Starling and for me twenty plus Banded Mongoose.

After a super breakfast at Aberdale Manor Mark picked us up at quarter to eight and we drove to Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve where we saw Croaking Cisticola, heard Chorister Robin plus mammals including Zebra, Impala, Nyala, Blue Wildebeest and a Nile Crocodile. We also saw some birds of prey including Jackal Buzzard and a super Martial Eagle but no Crowned Eagle.

We lunched at Mark and Jean's place and then left for a one hour drive to Oribi gorge. We were hoping for a Crowned Eagle but no such luck however we did see Knysna Lourie (Turaco) much better than the morning. We also saw White-necked Raven, Lanner, Whalberg's Eagle and Pied Wagtail.

We returned back to Aberdale Manor, had showers and then left for a super dinner at Mark and Jean's house.

Sunday 18th November Pennington golf course and Durban

We left early at five thirty and drove to Pennington golf course seeing Red-backed Mannikin, Olive Woodpecker and three mammals, Blue Duikers. We then had breakfast, packed and then went to Durban. We stopped at the harbour seeing more Terek Sandpiper, Sanderling, Turnstone, Swift Tern and Grey-headed Gulls. We also stopped off at a tern colony seeing many Common Tern, Grey-headed Gulls, White-breasted Cormorant plus other sea birds. We stopped off at a shopping mall to have lunch and do a bit of shopping and then went to the botanical gardens seeing Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Geese with family, Thick-billed Weaver building nests plus of course Common Mynah.

We then headed for the airport and here we said good bye to Pat and Kate who were going to have a few extra days at Cape Town. We got a super flight from Durban to Johannesburg. Virgin Atlantic check in was a mess with seat allocation all over the place in the aircraft but most managed to change on the plane.

Monday 19th November Arrival at London Heathrow

We arrived at about half past six and all said our good byes having collected our luggage for our onward journeys.

Acknowledgements

To every body for being such good company and especially to Mark Caulton for being a super guide and to Jean Caulton for supplying us with fantastic lunches and dinners.

Graham Hearl, Mallorca

Species Lists

Birds

OSTRICHES Struthionidae

Ostrich Struthio camelus

Singles seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th and 8th

GREBES Podicipedidae

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Thirty plus seen in Kruger N.P. on 8th, one at Wakkerstroom on 9th and a few seen from 14th to 17th

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

Two seen in Kruger N.P. on 8th

DARTERS Anhingidae

African Darter Anhinga rufa

Singles seen in Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th and in Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th with two on 12th and singles seen near Wakkerstroom in lowland grasslands

CORMORANTS Phalacracoracidae

White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus

Fore seen at St. Lucia on 13th and 14th and four at Durban on 18th

Long-tailed (Reed) Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus

Seen on ten days from 4th to 18th

PELICANS Pelicanidae

(Great) White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus

One seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th and singles seen at Charters Creek and St. Lucia on 12th and 13th and two at Durban on 18th

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

Two seen at St. Lucia on 13th and two at Durban on 18th

HERONS & BITTERNS Ardeidae

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Seen on twelve days from 5th to 18th with a maxima of six on 8th

Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala

Seen on eleven days from 3rd to 18th with a maxima of 16 on 9th

Goliath Heron Ardea goliath

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. from 6th to 8th, Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th and at St. Lucia on 13th

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea

Up to twos seen on 6th, 9th, 16th and 18th from Kruger N.P., Wakkerstroom to Durban

Cattle Egret Ardeola ibis

Seen on twelve days from 3rd to 18th always around cattle and bovines

Great White Egret Egretta alba

Seen on eleven days from 5th to 18th with a maxima of six on 8th at Wakkerstroom

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Seen in Mkuze, Charters Creek, St. Lucia and Durban on six days from 6th to 18th

Black Egret Egretta ardesiaca

Two seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th at a lake showing it's wing cover to keep shade

Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

Seen at Kruger N.P. one on 4th ten plus on 6th with two at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Striated Heron Butorides striatus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. two on 5th and one on 7th

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Only one seen on way to Scottburgh on 16th

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus

One seen at Scottburgh on 16th

HAMMERKOP Scopidae

Hammerkop Scopus umbretta

Seen on eight days from 4th to 18th with a maxima of four at Kruger N.P. on 7th

STORKS Ciconiidae

Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis

Fourteen seen at Olifants river, Kruger N.P. on 5th, six plus at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

and nine at St. Lucia on 13th

African Openbill Stork Anastomus lamelligerus

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and another two on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Black Stork Ciconia nigra

Two seen at the top of Lesotho on 15th

Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus

A singles and up to ten seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 6th, twos seen at Charters Creek and St. Lucia on 12th and 13th

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

Only seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th with a maxima of three on 6th including two juveniles

Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th with a maxima of six on 6th

IBISES & SPOONBILLS Threskiornithidae

Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus

Six seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and at Scottburgh, Vernon Crookes N.R. and at Durban on 18th

Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus

Singleton seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P., ten plus seen on grassland on 14th and one nest at Sani Pass Hotel on 15th

Hadeda Ibis Hagedashia hagedash

Seen on every day except 5th

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus

Six plus seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

African Spoonbill Platalea alba

Seen on 8th and 9th at Wakkerstroom, two on 11th at Mkuze N.P., three pairs on 14th at Grasslands at Sani Pass and one at on 16th at Scottburgh

WHISTLING-DUCKS Dendrocygnidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata

Sixteen plus at Kruger N.P. on 4th, Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th with twenty plus on 11th

White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus

Ten plus on drive to Wakkerstroom on 8th

WILDFOWL Anatidae

Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus

Seen on twelve days from 3rd to 18th with a family at Durban

Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis

Seen on eight days from 6th to 17th with a maxima of ten plus on 8th

Comb (Knob-billed) Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos

Up to two seen at Kruger N.P. on 3rd and 4th with three at Charters Creek on 12th

Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata

Up to eight seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th and 9th, three drive to Wakkerstroom and seen at Charters Creek and Oribi Gorge on 16th and 17th

African Black Duck Anas sparsa

One pairs seen on three days at Sani Pass Hotel from 14th to 16th

Red-billed Duck (Teal) Anas erythrorhynchos

Two seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota

Four and three seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and 11th

Cape Shoveler Anas smithii

Two seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th

Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma

Twenty five seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th and 9th

OSPREY Pandionidae

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

One seen on 14th at the grasslands below Lesotho

HAWKS Accipitridae

Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus

Seen on eight days beside roads from 4th to 16th with a maxima of 22 plus on 9th

Yellow-billed Kite Milvus parasiticus

Seen on twelve days from 4th to 18th

African Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer

Seen on seven days from 4th to 16th with an adult and three juveniles on 6th

Lappet-faced (Nubian) Vulture Torgos tracheliotus

One juvenile on 5th at Kruger N.P., One and two at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th

Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus

One at Kruger N.P. at Lion kill on 5th

Cape Griffon (Vulture) Gyps coprotheres

Only seen at Lesotho from 14th to 16th with maxima of four plus on 16th

African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus

Seen in Kruger N.P. and Mkuze N.P. on six days from 4th to 11th

Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) Gypaetus barbatus

Only seen in the high grasslands of Lesotho three in the morning and one in the afternoon

Black-chested Snake-Eagle Circaetus pectoralis

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th and at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Brown Snake-Eagle Circaetus cinerius

Singles only seen in Kruger N.P. on 3rd, 6th and 7th

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th

Gabar Goshawk Meliterax gabar

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene) Polyboroides radiatus

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 3rd and singletons on 13th and 14th at Charters Creek and St Lucia.

African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus

Only one seen near Mkuze N.P. on 10th

Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

One juvenile seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th

African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro

One seen at Pennington golf course on 18th

Shikra Accipiter badius

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th

Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullus

One seen on 16th on way to Scottburgh

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus

Up to two seen in Kruger N.P. on 4th and 8th, six plus on 10th at Mkuze N.P. with up to twos seen from 13th to 18th

Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus

One seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th, two seen on 12th at Charters Creek and singletons seen from 15th to 18th

Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax

Only seen at Kruger N.P. singletons from 5th to 7th

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensi

Only seen at Kruger N.P. singletons on three days from 3rd to 6th

Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi

Seen on ten days at Kruger N.P., at Mkuze N.P. and two at Oribi Gorge on 17th

African Hawk-Eagle Hieraeetus spilogaster

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th

Martial Eagle Poliomaetus bellicosus

Singletons seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th and one at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis

Only seen from roads on five days from 13th to 17th with up to three on 16th

SECRETARY BIRD Sagittariidae

Secretary Bird Sagittarius serpentarius

Up to twos seen at Kruger N.P. on four days from 3rd to 8th and a singleton on 10th

FALCONS Falconidae

Common/Rock Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Four seen on 9th on drive to Wakkerstroom and one on 155th on drive to Lesotho

Eastern Red-footed (Amur) Falcon Falco amurensis

One female seen on two days on 5th at Kruger N.P. and at 14th at drive to Lesotho

Lanner Falco biarmicus

Only singletons seen at Lesotho on 15th and at Oribi Gorge on 17th

PHEASANTS & PARTRIDGES Phasianidae

Crested Francolin Francolinus sephaena

Seen in Kruger N.P. with six plus on 4th, 5th and 7th, and two at Mkuze N.P. on11th

Natal Francolin Francolinus natelensis

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th

Red-necked Spurfowl/Francolin Francolinus afer

Two seen at Sani Pass Hotel on 15th

Swainson's Spurfowl/Francolin Francolinus swainsonii

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th

Redwing Francolin Francolinus levaillantii

Four seen on 9th at Wakkerstroom high grasslands

Shelley's Fancolin Francolinus shelleyi

Four seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix

Two and one seen on 14th and 15th at Lesotho

GUINEAFOWL Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

Seen on nine days from 5th to 16th

Crested Guineafowl Guttera edouardi

Only seen in woodland from 10th to 13th at Mkuze N.P. to Charters Creek

CRANES Gruidae

Grey/Southern Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum

Seen on six days , 8th, 9th, 10th 13th, 14th and 16th seen in twos

RAILS & COOTS Rallidae

Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th with up to ten plus on 6th

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Seen in ponds and lakes on five days , 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th and 18th

Purple Gallinule Porphyrio porphyrio

Only one seen on 9th at Wakkerstroom

Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata

Seen at Wakkerstroom up to five hundred on 8th and 9th and on 11th, 14th and 16th

BUSTARDS Otididae

Denham's (Stanley) Bustard Neotis denhami

Two seen flying on drive to Scottburgh

Red-crested Bustard/Korhaan Eupodotis ruficrista

Three seen in Kruger N.P. on 7th

Black-bellied Bustard/Korhaan Eupodotis melanogaster

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 5th to 7th and in Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th

Blue Bustard /Korhaan Eupodotis caerulescens

Three seen at the high grasslands of Wakkerstroom on 9th

JACANAS Jacanidae

African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th with up to forty on 7thsingletons seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th and at Oribi Gorge on 17th

AVOCETS AND STILTS Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Seen in Kruger N.P. with six plus from 5th to 8th and in Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th plus one at Pennington golf course

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

Seen only in Kruger N.P. with five on 5th and two on 8th

THICK-KNEES Burhinidae

Water Dikkop (Thick-knee) Burhinus vermiculatus

Only seen in Kruger N.P. singletons on 4th and 8th

COURSERS AND PRATINCOLES Glareolidae

Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola

Eight plus at a lake in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

PLOVERS Charadriidae

White-crowned Plover Vanellus albiceps

Only two seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th

Senegal (Lesser Black-winged) Plover Vanellus lugubris

Only twenty seen in Kruger N.P. on 6th

Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus

Only seen in Kruger N.P. and Mkuze N.P. from 3rd to 10th

Senegal Wattled Plover Vanellus senegallus

Seven plus three seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus

Seen in Kruger N.P., Wakkerstroom, Mkuze N.P., Sani Pass Hotel twenty plus and Scottburgh and Durban

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Six plus in Durban on 18th

(Greater) Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Singletons seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th another on 12th at Charters Creek, three at Vernon Crookes N.R. and Pennington golf course

Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius

Only one seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris

Seen at Kruger N.P. and Mkuze N.P. seen on eight days in twos from 4th to 12th

White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus

Nine plus on 13th at Charters creek on 13th and one at the harbour at Durban on 18th

SANDPIPERS Scolopacidae

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

One seen in Durban on 18th

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis

Seen in Kruger N.P. one on 6th ten plus on 8th and a few at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Up to two seen in Kruger N.P. 5th, 6th and 8th, eight plus at Mkuze N.P. and ones at Charters Creek and St. Lucia with one at Pennington golf course

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Seen at Kruger N.P., Wakkerstroom and Mkuze N.P. on six days from 5th to 13th

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus

Three and four plus at St. Lucia on 13th and at Durban harbour on 18th

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Seen on seven days from 4th to 13th

(Ruddy) Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Four at St. Lucia on 13th and two at Durban on 18th

Sanderling Calidris alba

Seen at Charters Creek on 13th and at Durban on 18th

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Two and twelve at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 8th,

False Bay, Charters Creek and St. Lucia from 11th to 13th

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

False Bay, Charters Creek and St. Lucia from 11th to 13th and six plus at Durban

Ruff Philomachus pugnax

One at Wakkerstroom on 8th and a few more at Mkuze on 11th

Ethiopian Snipe Gallinago nigripennis

Twenty plus at Wakkerstroom on 9th

GULLS Laridae

Kelp (Dominican) Gull Larus dominicanus

One on the beach at Scottburgh on 17th

Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus

Three plus on the way to Wakkerstroom on 8th, St. Lucia on 13th and a lot at Durban on 18th

TERNS Sternidae

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus

Ten plus at Mkuze N.P. on 11th, one at grasslands near Lesotho on 14th

and six plus at Scottburgh on 16th

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Two and twelve at Charters Creek and St. Lucia on 12th and 13th

Crested (Swift) Tern Sterna bergii

Five at St. Lucia on 13th and more at Durban on 18th

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Two hundred at Durban on 18th

PIGEONS & DOVES Columbidae

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia

Seen coming from Kruger N.P. on 8th, on 13th and 18th

Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea

Two and fifty plus at Wakkerstroom from 8th to 10th, two hundred at Charters creek on 13th

Olive (African/Rameron) Pigeon Columba arquatrix

One seen at Sani Pass Hotel on 14th

African Mourning Dove Streptopelia decipiens

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th

Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata

Seen on seven days from 6th to 10th and on 16th and 17th with six plus on 9th

Ring-necked (Cape Turtle) Dove Streptopelia capicola

Seen on every day except 12th

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Seen on eleven days from 4th to 18th

Emerald-spotted Wood (Green-spotted) Dove Turtur chalcospilos

One and three seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th,

two, three and one seen at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanistria

Two seen at Pennington golf course on 17th

Namaqua Dove Oena capensis

Two females and one female at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th,

African Green Pigeon Treron calva

Seen at Kruger N.P. up to twelve on 6th and 7th and at Charters Creek twos on 12th and 13th

PARROTS Psittacidae

Brown-headed Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus

Seen on three days at Kruger N.P. up to eight plus on 4th, 5th and 7th

TURACOS Musophagidae

Grey Go-away Bird/Lourie Corythaixoides concolor

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th in ones and twos

Purple-crested Turaco/Lourie Musophaga porphyreolopha

Two pairs at Kruger N.P. on 6th, singletons on 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P. and singletons at Scottburgh and Vernon Crookes N.R.

Knysna Turaco/Lourie Tauraco corythaix

Singletons seen at Vernon Crookes N.R. and at Oribi Gorge on 17th

OLD WORLD CUCKOOS Cuculidae

Jacobin Cuckoo Cuculus jacobinus

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

Levaillant's (Striped) Cuckoo Cuculus levaillantii

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th

Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosus

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius

Seen and heard on eight days from 10th to 17th

Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas

Singles seen on 9th and 11th at Wakkerstroom and Mkuze N.P.

Didric (Diederik) Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th up to three, heard on 10th and 12th and seen in ones on 13th and 14th at Umkomaas and Sani Pass Hotel

Green Coucal/Yellowbill Ceuthmochares aerus

One seen on 12th at Charters Creek

African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus

One heard on 17th at Vernon Crookes N.R.

Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius

Four seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th

COUCALS Centropodidae

Burchell's Coucal Centropus burchelli

Seen at Kruger N.P. from 4th to 8th up to four and at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

TYPICAL OWLS Strigidae

African Scops Owl Otus senegalensis

One seen at Talamati Camp, Kruger N.P. on 3rd

African Barred Owl Glaucidium capense

One seen on 7th at Kruger N.P.

Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

SWIFTS Apodidae

African Palm-Swift Cypsiurus parvus

Seen at Kruger N.P. and at Wakkerstroom on 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th

Alpine Swift Apus melba

Eight plus seen at Kruger N.P. on 3rd and again at Oribi Gorge on 17th

Little Swift Apus affinis

Seen on every day except 15th and 16th

White-rumped Swift Apus caffer

Seen on every day except on 7th and 8th

Horus Swift Apus horus

Four seen in Kruger N.P. and on 10th, 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P.

European Swift Apus apus

One seen in Kruger N.P. on 7th and at Sani Pass Hotel on 14th and 15th

MOUSEBIRDS Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus

Seen on nine days from 4th to 17th, at Kruger N.P. Mkuze N.P. Sani Pass and Durban

Red-faced Mousebird Colius indicus

Four seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 7th, two on 12th at Charters creek, and one at Scottburgh

TROGONS Trogonidae

Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina

Heard only on 13th at Charters Creek and heard on 17th at Pennington golf course

GIANT KINGFISHERS Cerylidae

Giant Kingfisher Ceryle maxima

One seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th, Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th and seen on drive to locations on 14th to 16th

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Seen in Kruger N.P. four on 4th, two on 5th and one on 8th, seen in Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th, one seen on 13th and one seen in Durban on 18th

KINGFISHERS Alcedinidae

Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata

Seen in Kruger N/P. on 4th and 5th, Mkuze N.P. seen on 11th and 12th

HALCYONS Dacelonidae

Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris

Seen in Kruger N.P. on 7th and 8th and at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th and on 13th at Charters Creek on 13th

Grey-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala

One seen on 4th at Kruger N.P.

BEE-EATERS Meropidae

White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides

Only seen in Kruger N.P. up to four from 5th to 7th

Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus

Two seen on 4th and one on 7th at Kruger N.P.

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

Seen in Kruger N.P. in some numbers from 3rd to 8th and again in Mkuze N.P. on11th

ROLLERS Coraciidae

Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th in singles but many

Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias naevia

Singletons seen at Kruger N.P. on 3rd and 6th

HOOPOES Upupidae

African Hoopoe Upupa africana

Only seen in Kruger N.P. and mostly in camps from 3rd to 7th

WOODHOOPOES Phoeniculidae

Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th with up to six on 3rd, seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and a few at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Common (Greater) Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and singles seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

HORNBILLS Bucerotidae

Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus

One seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th, five and three at Charters Creek on 12th and 13th with one at Oribi Gorge on 17th

African Grey Hornbill Tokus nasutus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. up to four on 4th to 7th

Red-billed Hornbill Tokus erythrorhynchus

Only seen in Kruger N.P. up to twos from 4th, 5th and 7th

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas

Seen in Kruger N.P. with six plus on 3rd to 7thand one in Mkuze N.P. on 10th

Trumpeter Hornbill Ceratogymna bucinator

Seen at Charters Creek on 12th , one at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th and two at Pennington golf course on 18th

Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus cafer (leadbeateri)

Ten plus and four at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th

AFRICAN BARBETS & TINKERBIRDS Lybiidae

White-eared Barbet Stactolaema leucotis

Two on 13th at Charters Creek

Red-fronted Tinkerbird/Barbet Pogoniulus pusillus

Heard on 10th and two seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus bilineatus

One seen on 12th at Charters Creek

Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus

Twos seen in Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th, singles seen on 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P. and Charters creek with one at Vernon Crookes N.R. and four plus at Durban on 18th

Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii

Mostly seen in Kruger N.P. up to four from 3rd to 8th with two at Charters Creek on 12th

HONEYGUIDES Indicatoridae

Scaly-throated Honeyguide Indicator variegatus

Heard on 12th at Sani Pass Hotel

Black-throated (Greater) Honeyguide Indicator indicator

One female seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th and two at Oribi Gorge on 17th

WOODPECKERS Picidae

Red-throated Wryneck Jynx ruficollis

Two seen at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Bennett's Woodpecker Campethera bennettii

One pair at Kruger N.P. on 6th

Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni

Twos seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 6th with singles seen on 10th and 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus

Two and three seen at Wakkerstroom on the high grasslands with two plus two seen on 15th at Lesotho

Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscens

Seen on six days on 4th, 5th, 10th to 12th and 17th

Olive Woodpecker Dendropicos griseocephalus

One seen on 14th at Sani Pass in grasslands and one at Pennington golf course on 18th

LARKS Alaudidae

Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana

Singletons seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th and one on 17th at Vernon Crookes N.R.

Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea

Two plus seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th

Sabota Lark Mirafra sabota

Twos seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th and 6th

Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea

Singletons seen on 15th at Lesotho

Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris

Two seen on 15th at Lesotho

SWALLOWS Hirundinidae

Plain (Brown-throated) Sand Martin Riperia paludicola

Seen on eight days from 6th to 16th

Banded (African) Martin Riparia cincta

Seen on 9th at Wakkerstroom and on 14th on drive to Sani Pass

Pale Crag (Rock) Martin Hirundo obsoleta

Seen on 14th and 15th at Lesotho

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Seen on fourteen days except 16th

White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis

Seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th and 8th, two on 9th at Wakkerstroom, seen on 15th and 16th at Lesotho

Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii

Only seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th and 6th up to two

Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata

Ten plus seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and again from 15th to 17th

Lesser Striped Swallow Hirundo abyssinica

Seen on ten days from 3rd to 13th

Red-breasted (Rufous-chested) Swallow Hirundo semirufa

Seen at Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th with ten plus on 4th

South African (Cliff) Swallow Hirundo pyrrhonota

Seen on 9th at Wakkerstroom and on 12th and 14th

(Common) House Martin Delichon urbica

Seen on 8th at Kruger N.P.

European Sand Martin Riparia riparia

A singleton seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Black Saw-wing Swallow Psalidoprocne homomelas

Seen on six days from 11th to 17th but only in twos

WAGTAILS & PIPITS Motacillidae

African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 5th to 7th, on 13th at St. Lucia and at Oribi Gorge on 17th and one at Pennington golf course on 18th

Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis

Singleton seen at Hoedspruit airport on 3rd, three at Wakkerstroom on 9th and on six days from 11th to 17th

Cape (Orange-throated) Longclaw Macronyx capensis

Three plus two at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus

Seen on eight days from 4th to 17th

Mountain Pipit Anthus hoeschi

Seen at Lesotho on 15th

African (Grassveld) Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus

Four plus on 9th at Wakkerstroom and one on 10th

Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis

Two seen on 14th at the lowland grasslands

CUCKOO-SHRIKES Campephagidae

Black Cuckoo-Shrike Campephaga flava

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and one on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

BULBULS Pycnonotidae

Zanzibar/Sombre Greenbul (Bulbul) Andropadus importunus

One plus seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P. and a singleton on 18th at Pennington golf course

Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul) Chlorocichla flaviventris

Seen from 11th to 13th at Mkuze,N.P., Charters Creek and St. Lucia

Terrestrial Brownbul/Bulbul Phyllastrephus terrestris

One seen at Pennington golf course on 18th

Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris

Singletons seen on 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P.

Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Seen on every day for sixteen days

SHRIKES Laniidae

White(-crested) Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus

Three seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Brubru Nilaus afer

One seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla

Seen on nine days from 4th to 18th,up to six on 7th at Kruger N.P.

Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegala

Only seen in Kruger N.P. on three days 3rd, 6th and 7th up to twos

Brown-crowned (Three-streaked) Tchagra Tchagra australis

Only seen in Kruger N.P. singles from 6th to 8th

Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike Laniarius brauni

Only seen in Kruger N.P. singles on 4th, 6th and 8th

Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus

Singletons seen at Sani Pass Hotel on 14th and 16th

Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus

Seen on three days on 9th at Wakkerstroom, 13th at St. Lucia and 16th at Scottburgh

Perrin's (Gorgeous) Bush-Shrike Telophorus viridis

Heard on 8th at Kruger N.P. seen one pair on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

Seen on three days at Kruger N.P., 4th, 5th and 7th

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 6th with six plus on 3rd

Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

Seen on ten days from 8th to 18th

THRUSHES Turdidae

Orange-breasted Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius

Two seen at Lesotho on 15th

Cape Rock-Thrush Monticola rupestris

One seen at Lesotho on 15th

Sentinel Rock-Thrush Monticola explorator

A few seen at Lesotho on 15th

Groundscraper Thrush Turdus litsitsurupa

Seen only at Kruger N.P. on three days from 4th to 7th

Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyana

Mainly seen in Kruger N.P. on four days from 3rd to 8th, one on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

(Northern) Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus

Seen in Sani Pass Hotel from 13th to 15th and at Scottburgh on 16th and one at Durban on 18th

CHATS Saxicoliidae

Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra

One at Wakkerstroom on 9th and on five days from 13th to 18th

White-browed (Heuglin's) Robin-Chat Cossypha heuglini

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and one on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

Red-capped (Natal) Robin-Chat Cossypha natalensis

Singletons seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P. and 12th at Charters Creek

Chorister Robin-Chat Cossypha dichora

Heard on 17th and 18th at Vernon Crookes N.R. and at Pennington golf course

African Whitethroated Robin Cossypha humeralis

Two plus seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas quadrivirgata

Four plus seen on 10th, 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P. and at Charters Creek

Brown Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas signata

Singletons seen on 13th at Charters Creek and one at Pennington golf course on 18th

White-browed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas leucophrys

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th, up to three on 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P. and at Charters Creek

(Common) Stonechat Saxicola torquata

Seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and from 14th to 17th

Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata

Five and four seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Mountain Chat Oenanthe monticola

Six and one seen on 9th at Wakkerstroom in high grasslands

Sickle-winged Chat Cercomela sinuata

Seen at Lesotho on 15th

Southern Anteater-Chat Myrmecocichla formicivora

Five plus seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Mocking Cliff-Chat Thamnolea cinnamomeiventris

A singleton seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th

BABBLERS Timaliidae

Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardinei

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th with four plus on every day

CISTICOLAS & ALLIES Cisticolidae

Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chinianus

Seen on ten days from 3rd to 18th mainly at Kruger N.P. and Mkuze N.P.

Wailing (Black-backed) Cisticola Cisticola lais

A singleton seen on 12th at Charters Creek

Levaillant's (Tinkling) Cisticola Cisticola tinniens

Two plus at Wakkerstroom on 9th and twos from 14th to 16th

Striped (Croaking) Cisticola Cisticola natalensis

Only seen at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Piping Cisticola (Neddicky) Cisticola fulvicapillus

Seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th and 6th and one on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

Redfaced Cisticola Cisticola erythrops

Only one seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

Fan-tailed Warbler (Zitting Cisticola) Cisticola juncidis

Only two seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th

Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava

Seen on six days from 4th to 18th

Drakensberg Prinia Prinia hypoxantha

Seen at Lesotho on 15th

Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica

Heard and seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Rudd's Apalis Apalis ruddi

One seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 7th and two on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Fairy Warbler (Flycatcher) Stenostira scita

Two plus two seen at Lesotho on 15th

Green-backed Camaroptera (Bleating Warbler) Camaroptera brachyura

Singletons seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and on 12th at Charters Creek

OLD WORLD WARBLERS Sylviidae

Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer

Two seen at Lesotho on 15th

African Yellow Warbler Chloropeta natalensis

One seen on 14th at Sani Pass Hotel

Yellow-bellied Eremomela Eremomela icteropygialis

Two seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

Long-billed (Cape) Crombec Sylvietta rufescens

Only seen in Kruger N.P. on four days from 3rd to 7th maxima of two

Layard's Tit-Babbler Parisoma layardi

Two seen at Lesotho on 15th

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

Singles seen on 11th and 12th at Mkuze N.P.

African Marsh (Reed) Warbler Acrocephalus baeticatus

One seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th, and four seen on 16th at Scottburgh

OLD WORLD FLYCATCHERS Musicapidae

Pale (Mouse-coloured) Flycatcher Bradornis pallidus

Five seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P.

Southern Black Flycatcher Melaenornios pammelania

Two seen on 7th at Kruger N.P., one seen on 13th at Sani Pass and four plus seen in Durban on 18th

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and one on 14th at Sani Pass grasslands

(African) Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta

Singletons seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th, 5th and 7th, one on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

and one at Vernon Crookes N.R.

Ashy (Blue-grey) Flycatcher Musicapa caerulescens

One seen on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

Lead-coloured (Fan-tailed) Flycatcher Myioparus plumbeus

Seen on three days from 10th to 12th at Mkuze N.P. and Charters Creek

WATTLE-EYES Platysteiridae

Cape Batis Batis capensis

Three seen on 17th at Vernon Crookes N.R.

Chinspot Batis Batis molitor

Singles seen in Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th and two on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

MONARCH FLYCATCHERS Monarchidae

African Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis

Twos seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th and 7th and again on seven days from 12th to 18th

TITS Paridae

Southern Grey Tit Parus afer

One seen on 15th at Sani Pass

Southern Black Tit Parus niger

One and two seen at Kruger N.P. on 3rd and 6th, one on 11th at Mkuze N.P.

and one on 14th at Sani Pass Hotel

SUNBIRDS Nectariniidae

Collared Sunbird Anthreptes collaris

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7th, one seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P., two at Charters Creek and one on 17th at Vernon Crookes N.R.

Olive Sunbird Nectarinia olivacea

Seen on 11th, 12th and 13th at Mkuze N.P. and on the coast and Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Mouse-coloured (Grey) Sunbird Nectarinia veroxii

Only one seen at Charters Creek on 12th

Southern White-bellied Sunbird Nectarinia talatala

A pair and one seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 7thwith three days at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

Amethyst (Black) Sunbird Nectarinia amethystina

One at Kruger N.P. on 4th and at Sani Pass Hotel from 14th to 16th, also seen at Scottburgh and Pennington golf course on 17th and 18th

Scarlet-chested Sunbird Nectarinia senegalensis

Singles seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and on 13th at Umkomaas

Greater Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia afra

Seen at Sani Pass Hotel on 14th, 15th and 16th

Mariqua (Marico) Sunbird Nectarinia mariquensis

A singleton seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th

Purple-banded Sunbird Nectarinia bifasciata

Seen at Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th and at Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th

Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa

Three seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and 10th and at Sani Pass from 14th to 16th

WHITE-EYES Zosteropidae

Pale (Cape) White-eye Zosterops pallidus

Seen on eight days from 10th to 18th

SUGARBIRDS Promeropidae

Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi

Four plus and two seen at Lesotho on 14th and 15th

DRONGOS Dicruridae

Square-tailed Drongo Dicrurus ludwigii

Singles seen on 12th and 17th on the coast

Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

Seen on fourteen days from 3rd to 17th except 9th and 18th

JAYS & CROWS Corvidae

Indian House Crow Corvus splendens

One seen at Durban on 18th

Cape Rook (Black Crow) Corvus capensis

Two seen on 14th,16th and 18th at Sani Pass, Scottburgh and Pennington golf course

Pied Crow Corvus albus

Seen on 13th, 16th and 18th at St. Lucia, Scottburgh and Pennington golf course

White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis

Singleton seen at top of Lesotho and six plus at Oribi Gorge on 17th

ORIOLES Oriolidae

African Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. in twos on 5th, 7th and 8th

STARLINGS Sturnidae

Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio

Seen on 8th and 9th at Wakkerstroom and at Sani Pass Hotel on 14th to 16th ,

at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th and at Pennington golf course on 18th

Black-bellied Glossy Starling Lamprotornis corruscus

Seen at Mkuze N.P. from 11th to 13th and at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

and Pennington golf course on 18th

Cape Glossy-Starling Lamprotornis nitens

Seen on six days at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th, at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 11th

and at Scottburgh on 16th

(Greater) Blue-eared Glossy-Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th

Burchell's Glossy-Starling Lamprotornis australis

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th

Violet-backed (Plum-coloured) Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Seen on four days at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7thup to four on 7th and Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th with ten at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th and at Pennington golf course on 18th

African Pied Starling Spreo bicolor

Twenty plus seen at Wakkerstroom grasslands on 8th to 10th and at Sani Pass on 14th and 16th

Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea

Only seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th with one hundred plus on 4th

Common/Indian Myna Acridotheries tristis

Seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th to 10thon the coast on 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th and 18th

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

One seen on 10th at Mkuze N.P., twos plus on 14th at Sani Pass grasslands and one on 16th at Scottburgh

Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorynchus

Mainly seen on odd and even-toed ungulates from 3rd to 7th at Kruger N.P.

but also seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

BUNTINGS Emberizidae

Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis

Seen at the top of Lesotho on 15th

Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris

Up to two seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th

Rock Bunting Emberiza tahapisi

Two seen by GH at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

FINCHES Fringillidae

Cape Yellow-crowned Canary Serinus canicollis

Twenty plus seen Wakkerstroom on 9th, 10th and 11th, seen at Umkomaas on 16th at Durban on 18th

Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus

Seen on seven days at Kruger N.P., Wakkerstroom and on the coast from 6th to 17th

Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris

Singles seen on 4th at Kruger N.P. and at Lesotho on 15th

Streaky-headed Canary Serinus gularis

Two and one seen on 14th and 16th at Sani Pass Hotel

Bully Canary Serinus sulphuratus

Singleton seen at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 16th

Drakensberg Siskin Serinus symonsi

Seen on top at Lesotho on 15th

WAXBILLS AND ALLIES Estrildidae

Rosy (Pink-backed) Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus

Singleton seen at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Green Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula

Two seen by GH at Mkuze N.P. on 11th

African (Blue-billed) Firefinch Lagonosticta rubricata

One pair at Kruger N.P. on 7th and two on 12th at Charters Creek

Blue-cheeked Cordonbleu (Blue Waxbill) Uraeginthus angolensis

Mainly seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 8th and two at Mkuze N.P. on 10th

Black-tailed (Grey) Waxbill Estrilda perreini

Two seen on 11th by GH and seen on 12th at Mkuze N.P.

Common Waxbill Estrilda astrid

Twos seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th, two at Mkuze N.P. on 11th and again on 17th

Bronze Mannikin Lonchura cucullata

Seen at Mkuze N.P. on 12th and again on 17th and 18th at Vernon Crookes N.R. and Pennington golf course

Brown- (Red-) backed Mannikin Lonchura nigriceps

Five seen at Pennington golf course on 18th

Variable Indigobird (Black Widowfinch) Vidua funerea

A pair seen on 12th at Mkuze N.P.

Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura

Seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 12th and at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Paradise Whydah Vidua paradisea

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. on 5th and 7th and at Mkuze N.P. on 12th

WEAVERS AND ALLIES Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver Bubalornis niger

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th

Lesser Masked-Weaver Ploceus intermedius

Seen at Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th and at Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th and at Charters Creek

Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis

Two seen in Kruger N.P. on 6th

Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis

Two plus two at Wakkerstroom on 9th, at Sani Pass on 14th and 15th, on the coast on 16th and 17th

African Golden (Yellow) Weaver Ploceus subaureus

Only seen on 12th at Charters Creek

(African) Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus

Seen on nine days from 3rd to 14th at Kruger N.P., Wakkerstroom, and Sani Pass

Village (Spotted-backed) Weaver Ploceus cucullatus

Seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th,Mkuze N.P. with nests and at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Forest Weaver Ploceus bicolor

Seen on 13th at St. Lucia and 18th at Durban

Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps

Two seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th

Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea

Seen at Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th and on 14th and 15th at Sani Pass

Red Bishop Euplectes orix

Seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th, Mkuze N.P. on 10th12th and 13th, at Sani Pass on 14th, Scottburgh and Durban on 16th and 18th

Yellow (-rumped) Bishop Euplectes capensis

One seen at Lesotho on 15th

Golden Bishop Euplectes afer

One seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th

Red-shouldered (Fan-tailed) Widowbird Euplectes axillaris

Seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th and 10th, Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th, Pennington golf course on 18th

White-winged Widowbird Euplectes albonotatus

Two seen on 12th at Charters Creek

Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 8th, at Mkuze N.P. on 10th, on 15th at Lesotho

and at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Long-tailed Widowbird Euplectes progne

Seen on drive to Wakkerstroom on 8th and 9th, on 10th at Mkuze N.P., on 14th, 16th and 17th

Grosbeak (Thick-billed) Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons

Singleton seen at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th and eight plus at Durban on 18th

SPARROWS Passeridae

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Seen on twelve days from 4th to 18th

Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus

Only seen on 14th and 15th at Lesotho

Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus

Seen on thirteen days from 3rd to 17th

(Southern)Yellow-throated Sparrow Petronia superciliaris

One and two seen on 10th and 11th at Mkuze N.P.

MAMMALS

Bat sp.

Twelve plus on night drive on 5th

Green Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops

Seen on eight days from 4th to 18th

Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus

Seen on seven days from 3rd to 18th

Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas

Seen at Kruger N.P. with two on 3rd and one on 7th

Spotted Hyaena Crocuta crocuta

Seen at Kruger N.P. with two on 3rd and 6th and one on 7th

African Wild Cat Felis lybica

One seen on a night drive at Satara in Kruger N.P. on 5th

Lion Panthera leo

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th

Leopard Panthera pardus

Seen in Kruger N.P. with one walking away on 5th and one lying in a tree on 7th

Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula

Seen in Kruger N.P. with six plus at Satara on 4th and again on 5th

Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo

Four seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and twenty plus at Scottburgh on 17th

Slender Mongoose Galerella sp.

One seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th

Yellow Mongoose Cynictis pencillata

Two and four seen at Wakkerstroom on 9th

Suricate (Meerkat) Suricata suricata

Four seen in high grasslands on 9th

Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis

Six seen at a gorge near Wakkerstroom on 9th

African Elephant Loxodonta africana

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th

Burchell's/Chapman's Zebra Equus burchellii

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th, Mkuze from 10th to 12th and Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis

Seen in Mkuze N.P. one on 10th and a mother and a large calf on 11th

White Rhinoceros Ceratothrium simum

Seen in Kruger N.P. singles on 5th and 7th but six and two on 6th, seven in Mkuze N.P. on 10th

Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius

Seen in ponds and lakes in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th up to seven, seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus

Seen in Kruger N.P. on four days from 3rd to 7th, seen in Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th, seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th

Eland Taurotragus oryx

Only seen below Lesotho at Sani Pass Hotel, forty six on 15th and thirty eight on 16th

Common Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th

Greater Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th, eight plus to 7th, seen Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th with twelve plus

Nyala Tragelaphus angasii

The commonest spiral horned bovines in Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 13th,

three in Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus

Three seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th

Southern Reedbuck Redunca arundinum

One seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th and four seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Black Wildebeest (White tailed Gnu) Connochaetes gnou

Two seen at a natural park under Lesotho on 14th

Blue Wildebeest (Brindled Gnu) Connochaetes taurinus

Seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th, seen in Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

and in Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Blesbok Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

Nine plus three at Wakkerstroom on 9th, six plus under Lesotho on 14th

and Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Impala Aepyceros melampus

The commonest Alcelaphines in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 8th, seen in Mkuze N.P. from 10th to 12th

Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus

Two seen Lower Sabie, Kruger N.P. on 6th

Steenbok Raphicerus campestris

Seen in Kruger N.P. eight on 3rd to 7th, two seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Blue Duiker Cephalopus monticola

Three seen at Pennington golf course on 18th

Red Duiker Cephalophus natalensis

Four plus and three seen at Charter's Creek Camp on 12th and 13th

Common/Grey/Grimm's Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia

Singles seen at Kruger N.P. on 6th and 8th, Two plus seen at Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th

Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 7th, herds on five hundred and three hundred on 5th and 6th

Red-bellied Coast Squirrel Paraxerus palliatus

One seen at Charter's Creek Camp on 12th

Tree Squirrel ( Smith's Bush Squirrel) Paraxerus cepapi

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 4th to 7th seen in twos

Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio

One seen dead below Lesotho on 14th

Sloggett's Ice-Rat Otomys sloggetti

One plus three seen at the top of Lesotho on 15th

Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis

One seen below Lesotho on 14th

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae (australis)

One seen at Umkomaas on 13th

REPTILES

Blue-headed Tree Agama Agama atricollis

Only seen in Kruger N.P. from 3rd to 8th

Rock Agama

Twos seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th

Morean's Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabonia

Seen in Kruger N.P., Mkuze N.P. and Aberdale Manor, Scottburgh on five days

Water Monitor Varanus albigularis

One seen in Kruger N.P. on 7th and one in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Rock Monitor Varanus ruloticus

One seen in Kruger N.P. on 3rd

Rainbow Skink Mabuya quinquetaeniata

Two and one seen in Kruger N.P. on 4th and 6th

Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus

Four and one seen in Kruger N.P. on 5th and 6th, four plus seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th

and one at Vernon Crookes N.R. on 17th

Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis

Twos seen in Kruger N.P. on four days from 3rd to 7th and twos in Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th

Pale Hinged Terrapin Pelusius subriger

Singles seen in Kruger N.P. on 4th and 5th, seen in Mkuze N.P. on 11th and 12th

Terrapin sp.

Four seen in Kruger N.P. on 7th

Natal Green Snake Philothamnus natalensis

One seen at Muntama Camp, Mkuze N.P. on 11th

Berg Snake Bitis atropos

One seen well at a church going to Lesotho on 13th

Freshwater Crab

One seen at a lake in lowland grasslands on 14th

Ghost Crab

Many seen on 13th at St. Lucia

Frog sp.

Singles seen at Kruger N. P. on 7th and 8th and many seen at dusk in Mkuze N.P. on 10th and 11th

African Land Snail

One large one seen at Wakkerstroom on 8th

Millipede

Many seen throughout the tour both black and red


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