Birding Routes

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karoo lark by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
Endless fields of orange and yellow Namaqualand daisies, gazanias and pale blue or purple dainty flowers, is what had brought us, like many other local and international tourists to the Namaqua National Park in the Northern Cape in springtime. Alas, the winter rains had been poor this year and flowers were few and far between with only isolated patches...
Sanderling by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
It was a relief to turn off the N7 highway that linked Cape Town and Namibia. The far more peaceful gravel road that we had taken within the Northern Cape headed ever seawards and followed the green artery of Acacia karoo trees growing in a dry riverbed and offered great opportunities for arid birding. Male Southern Red Bishops displayed...
Bokmakeirie by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The heat was already starting to put a shimmering haze onto the horizon and it was only nine in the morning! My family and I were heading northwards on the back-roads between Nieuwoudville and Goegap Nature Reserve, which was to be our next destination as part of a two week birding journey through the arid Northern Cape. ...
Rufous Eared Warbler by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
At first appearance, the arid plains of Bushmanland in the Northern Cape around Brandvlei and Loeriesfontein may appear dull and lifeless but on closer inspection provide an interesting array of birdlife that will test your identification skills to the limits. Birds generally are drab and brownish mixing in well with the surrounding shrubbery and the gravel plains but many...
secretary bird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The haunting calls of a flock of six blue cranes echoed from the skies above and as I watched, the magestic birds wheeled and turned, flaring their wings and dropping their long legs in final approach to their landing points. Once on the ground, the birds dipped and bowed before dancing high in the air and finally settling to...
Pale winged starling by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The heat wave hit us hard as we climbed out of our air-conditioned vehicle at the reception of Augrabies National Park at midday. Someone grumbled that it was already 34 degrees and likely to climb up to 38 degrees by mid afternoon. In the distance the roar of the falls could be heard and as we checked in, we...
Little bee eater by wildlife and conservation photograpger Peter Chadwick.jpg
Above me White-backed Vultures circled high in the sky, riding the hidden thermals that the vast body of water below them created. An Amur Falcon flock flew across the skyline hunting insects that were eaten on the wing and a Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill pecked at ants attracted to a fresh pile of elephant dung and nearby a warthog wallowed...
African Pygmy Kingfisher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
I last visited the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia and Cape Vidal to study Humpback Whales in the early 1990’s. The road to Cape Vidal was rutted dirt, lined with pine plantations where encounters with heavy trucks made the trip even more hazardously interesting. The work itself though, was brilliant, with glorious days sitting on the high coastal...
Goliath heron by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
I turned off the N2, passing through the town of Mtunzini and drove to Umlalazi Nature Reserve on a last minute whim, but the rewards were well worth it! As I lay in my tent, below the massive deciduous tree, whose leafy branches split up the clear starry sky, I listened to a pair of calling African Wood Owls...
Violet-Backed Starling by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
With over 400 recorded bird species, Ndumo Game Reserve is without a doubt one of the countries top birding destinations and always features highly in the annual BirdLife South Africa Big Birding Days. The reserve may well be situated in the far northern corner of Zululand, several hours from Durban, but is definitely worth the effort to get to,...
red capped robin chat by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Zululand in northern KwaZulu Natal is well known for its extensive game reserves covered with teaming wildlife, but en-route to these large wild areas lie a suite of smaller reserves that are at least equally but often more exciting in the small creatures and birds that can be viewed within their boundaries. These small reserves, in many cases, have...
Chorister Robin-chat by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
Seldom these days do I get the opportunity to go in search of a new species of bird and so when I was offered the opportunity to do so in one of my favorite parts of the country, I jumped at the opportunity and was soon winging my way eastwards from Cape Town to Durban from where I drove...
Cape glossy starling by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
Lush waist-high green- grassed hillsides dotted with acacia trees and shrubs greeted me on my arrival at the Zululand Rhino Reserve and it was hard for me to believe that this had once been a heavily grazed cattle ranching area. The reserve was obviously extremely well managed given the quality of the veld and the healthy glistening herds of...
White-eared barbets by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
A pair of Lilac-Breasted Rollers caught my attention as they called raucosly and cavorted through the sky chasing a neibouring pair that had ventured too close to their nesting territory. Blue Wildebeest, Nyala and Impala herds that were covered in Red-Billed Oxpeckers grazed on the lush grasslands and Yellow-Throated Longclaws gorged themselves on fat catepillars snatched up from their...
Bearded scrub robin by wildlife and conservation photograpger Peter Chadwick.jpg
Nestled in the Zululand bushveld just a short distance away from the town of Hluhluwe, lies Bonamanzi Game Reserve, which is well known for its excellent birding. I had checked into the reserve a short while earlier and was now relaxing in a comfortable lounge chair and overlooking a picturesque pan. The pan narrowed in front of my lodge...
Great white pelicans bathing by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Driving through the southern most entrance gate to the Western Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, I had barely travelled a couple of hundred meters when my first mega-tick was seen in the form of a Southern Banded Snake-Eagle that was perched on a telegraph pole. Below the watchful eagle, a troop of baboons chased a pair of highly...
Red billed oxpecker on giraffe by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is in the heart of Zululand and apart from the occasional distraction of the big five I was spending my time enjoying good bushveld birding. It was a real treat as I am use to fynbos birds, but was also proving to be a test of my distantly stored knowledge of all the bushveld bird-calls emanating...
Purple creasted turaco drinking by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Mkhuze Game Reserve is one of the countries top birding sites with well in excess of 450 bird species having been recorded. The reserve is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which forms part of a World Heritage Site.
Male Quail Finch by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
The Rio Savanne floodplain and short grasslands are located on the outskirts of the bustling city of Beira and offer good opportunities to view some of the more difficult grassland bird species including Locust Finch, Black-Rumped Buttonquail and Short-tailed Pipit.
Red-throated twinspot by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
The next leg of our Mozambican birding adventure took us though the Zambezi River Basin.
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