|Broad-billed Roller (Mahonie Loop)|
It was quite a busy month or two with the arrival of summer, and what better way to start of the new season with 2 birding rarities, within 30min of our home! After quite a lot of hours of searching (and dipping twice), we were able to find the White-breasted Cuckooshrike (Groenkloof), one morning before work, and the Green Sandpiper (Rietvlei Nature Reserve)!
|White-breasted Cuckooshrike (Groenkloof)|
|Mosque Swallow (Mahonie Loop)|
|Greater Painted-Snipe (Mahonie Loop)|
|Grey-headed Kingfisher (Mahonie Loop)|
|Black-Throated Wattle-eye (Pafuri)|
|African Black Swift (Pafuri)|
|African Goshawk (Pafuri)|
|Bohms Spinetail (Pafuri)|
|Eastern Nicator (Punda Maria)|
|Southern White-faced Owl|
The area around Klopperfontein is famous for sightings of Dickinson's Kestrel. We searched for hours, scanning every tree, stopping for anything slightly suspicious - but without luck... Luckily an Eurasian Hobby surprised us as a consilation prize...
|Long-billed Crombec (Babalala)|
|Chinspot Batis (Babalala)|
|Lion close to Klopperfontein|
|Buffalo at Klopperfontein|
The Northern parts of Kruger Nat Park are a gem, yes - cats are not around every corner...but if you find something special, be rest-assured, you will not form part of a traffic jam like in the South.
After our Punda Maria trip, Pretoria delivered again, with an excellent sighting of a Southern African Hedgehog! (Thanks to Niel Cillie).
We are approaching December fast, and that means a very exciting trip to Northern Namibia with some legendary birders including Francois du Plessis, Estienne Schuring, Niel and Burger Cillie, and Justin Nicolau! Hopefully we will be able to share some photos of Angolan Cave Chat, Grey Kestrel and Cinderella Waxbill when back in RSA!
Anton & Renate