Birding Routes

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Common Ringed Plover by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Baden-Powel drive is one of the many roads that runs along the spectacular False Bay coastline and links various parts of the Cape Town metropole. The road which runs right next to the sandy beach front and crashing waves will often produce views of Cape Cormorants flying in their characteristic V-shaped skeins as well as endangered African Black Oystercatchers...
African penguin stretching by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
There has always been much debate over whether the meeting point of the cold Atlantic Ocean with the warm Indian Ocean is at Cape Point or at Cape Agulhas. One thing is for certain though; the entire southern tip of Africa is rightfully one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots!
White-Throated Canary by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The rugged coastline within the Agulhas National Park and at the southern tip of Africa draws thousands of people to the point where many contest that the warm Indian Ocean meets with the cold Atlantic. The visitors stand next to the plaque, showing their position right on the edge of Africa, have their photograph taken and then generally rush...
Black Harrier by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Heavy, mid-winter storms had been lashing the Western Cape with a weeks worth of howling winds, pelting rain and ice cold temperatures and I was by now more than a little grumpy of having had to stay cooped up inside for so long. With the remnants of the cold front finally passing us, it was an extremely welcome break...
African Black Oystercatcher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The sheer beauty of the scene in front of me took my breath away and I was totally unprepared for the incredible views and to be standing on top of the high cliffs as the incessant calling of cicadas accentuated the mid-afternoon heat. Fortunately, a gentle sea breeze cooled the otherwise hot air but was still not enough to...
Olive woodpecker by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
A light mist rose up from the Willem Apple Dam and the large Cattle Egret flock that was roosting in the reed beds looked like ghosts in the misty half-light, rising and falling as they moved position amongst the sagging reeds and in preparation for the new day. 
Wire-Tailed Swallow by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The lowveld of South Africa is renowned for its diversity of birdlife and right at the heart of this is the town of Phalaborwa, which also lies on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. For me, every trip here always brings excitement with memories of colourful Lilac-Breasted Rollers, Crested Barbets, Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbills and a variety of big...
It is as though Polokwane is the central point from where all bushveld birds radiate outwards with eastern species overlapping with western species and northern species meeting their southern counterparts.
Yellow-Billed Duck by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
When traveling, I often get stuck with a couple of hours to spend between connecting flights and would much rather spend this time constructively carrying out some good local birding than being trapped in a boring departure lounge. Fortunately, Johannesburg provides such an opportunity with the Rietvlei Nature Reserve being situated just half an hour’s drive from the international...
red-knobbed coots fighting by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
“Eish you are VERY early,” the security guard at the entrance gate to Marievale Bird Sanctuary said while having a huge stretch and stifling a yawn after he had stood up from an extremely rickety looking plastic chair that was half hidden in the shadows of his security hut. He was not far off the mark, as only the...
Malachite Kingfisher on reed stem by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Thin wisps of mist rose off the reeds and sedges as the sun threw its first golden rays over the horizon. In the background White-Throated Robin-Chat, Woodland Kingfishers, Southern Boubou, Swainson’s Spurfowl and Crested Francolins announced the break of a new day, being quickly joined by the bubbling calls from Burchells Coucals and the much harsher calls from a...
african wattled lapwing by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Gauteng is the undisputed heavy weight champion of South Africa when it comes to the economic driving force of the country and this brings with it a fast paced lifestyle - which has me as a small town “dorpenaar” cringing in the corner and looking for slower and more peaceful spots. Fortunately, one does not have to look far...
Black Collared Barbet by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
In the city of Johannesburg there is a continuous hustling and bustling, as people rush to meet one deadline after another, with seemingly never a moment to take a break to just breathe and enjoy! Fortunately, just one and a half hours away from this craziness and past the expansive waters of the Hartebeestpoort Dam lies the wild and...
Yellow form of the Crimson breatsed Shrike by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Madikwe Game Reserve has long held a fascination for me and ever since I heard about its plans for development in the early 1990’s, I have kept a close eye on it without actually being able to visit the area. What really attracted me to it was the fact that it is where many of the arid western bird...
rattling cisticola by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
There is something magical about sitting on a high vantage point overlooking dense valley bushveld and listening to the calls of Purple-Crested Turaco’s and Black-Headed Orioles while in the distance herds of zebra and impala are just visible as they graze in the open grasslands. Sitting overlooking Weenan Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, I was in such a setting...
Cape Glossy Starling juvenile by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Arriving at any new birding destination always brings with it a sense of anticipation, especially when I arrive in the early morning when the veld is still fresh and crisp and birds are active and easily located through their calling. Arriving at the entrance to the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, situated in the heart of the Anglo Boer War Battlefields,...
Cape Longclaw by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Just off the western side of the busy N3 highway that links Gauteng with Durban, lies the towering mountains of the Drakensberg. This mountain range is one of my favourite birding destinations. Not only is this because of the many endemics found there but also because of the breath taking scenery, the incredible peace and most of all the...
Red-backed Mannikin by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Too often we set off into the distance without realising that on our doorstep lie some fantastic birding destinations. One of my favourites is the KwaZulu Natal Botanical Gardens that are in the heart of Pietermaritzburg and from where rushing cars, trains and other city sounds may well be heard but within the gardens is an amazing array of...
Ringed plover by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The small flock of Common Waxbills that had been feeding on the seeds of long wavy grass stems flew off in panic as dozens of rushing dusty cattle came bellowing up the dirt track. Above them thousands of Barn Swallows swooped and dipped after the black swarm of flies that were accompanying the cattle. Cattle Egrets ran rapidly alongside,...
Sea......saw, See..... saw emanated softly from the dark dense undergrowth a few meters away. I could barely discern the outline of the calling Red-Capped Robin-Chat as the light drops of rain pattered down on the thatch roof of the rondavel from where I was viewing the bird through an open window. Without a breath of wind, the peacefulness...
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