Birding Routes

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Gorongosa National Park by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
Gorongosa is a mist shrouded, mystical  mountain that is home to the Green-Headed Oriole. Close by the Gorongosa National Park is one of the wildest parks to be found in Africa. It was also the destination for the next leg of our birding journey through central Mozambique.
Great Bittern by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
Mozambique has to be one of the last un-explored frontiers when it comes to birding in southern Africa. Apart from being home to many of the species found within South Africa, it is also home to an alluring number of bird species that become highlights on any worthwhile twitchers list!
Cape Sugarbird wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
The southern tip of Africa has a lot to offer, from spectacular scenary, top birding, colorful flowers and the mystique of being at the tip of the African continent.
Larks and pipits are, as I am sure they are to many a birder, my weak point and I had decided to brush up on these confusing species by making a trip to the montane grassveld of the Mountain Zebra National Park. This area is striking in its scenic beauty with its typical karoo flat-topped hills and open vistas....
Cape Wagtail | West Coast National Park | ©Arne Purves
Sitting in the cool darkness of the Seeberg Hide on the Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park, I let my senses absorb all that was happening around me, with my hearing being the most acute.
The scene was not unlike rush hour traffic at a city intersection, where the traffic lights had failed during one of the countries load shedding exercises and the mood of some of the cars passengers was undoubtedly similar as they jostled and inched backwards and forwards to gain a view of the King of all Beasts - the majestic...
Thin wisps of pink and golden dawn touched cloud contrasted against the black silhouettes of the rugged Swartberg Mountain as I drove out of Oudtshoorn on a day of adventure birding. The trip would lead me through several habitats and two rugged mountain passes. Mist rose from reed-embanked streams as Black-Headed and Grey Heron roosted in gum trees, which...
As yet another heavily laden18-wheeler rushed past me, buffeting my vehicle in its slipstream, I finally found the road-sign to the Ebb & Flow Restcamp and turned off the N2, away from life in the fast lane and onto a brick paved road, immediately dropping into the valley. Almost miraculously the rush of “normal” life disappeared to be replaced...
When one initially thinks of the Wild Coast the first images that the mind conjures up is the well-known feature of the “Hole in the Wall” at Coffee Bay and the rolling hillsides filled with grazing cattle and isolated isiXhosa homesteads. What is less known, is that this rugged and in many cases undeveloped coastal zone, is one of...
One of the great privileges of working in the field of conservation is that you get to work in some of the most special and amazing wild places in the country and as an added bonus this has also allowed me to follow my passion of bird watching. My first employment offer has to remain one of my most...
The southern Cape gains its fame as a well-known tourist destination, through the Garden Route and Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn. Within this strip of coastline and mountainous interior there are a wide variety of habitats, ranging from the lush coastal plains and fynbos covered mountains through to the succulent Karoo. The area is also richly endowed with rivers, which...
As soon as the dark shadow passed low overhead, I knew that it was going to be one of those “most memorable in life” moments. The early wake up at 4 a.m. was now well worth the effort. I had woken early to trudge 12 kilometres up the Zwelele Ridge at Lotheni Nature Reserve in the southern Drakensberg. This...
Recently, wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick had the privilege to spend 10 days in the northern reaches of KwaZulu Natal covering sections of the Zululand Birding Route and meeting up with some of its community guides. Peters route covered the forest patches of Dlinza and Ongoye as well as the mangroves of Umlalzi Nature Reserve. Further north, rare...
On the last leg of his Kenyan journey, wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick left the rugged landscape of Tsavo West, which must be one of Africa’s true wilderness areas, to travel the road to Mombassa which was rather uninteresting apart from taxi’s keen to overtake on blind rises, while trucks hurtled towards them from the opposite direction. ...
On the second leg of his journey across Kenya, wildlife & conservation photographer Peter Chadwick, journeys across the Nyeri Desert to the famous Tsavo National Park. This incredible reserve hosted an amazing array of birdlife and unusal game species. Leaving Amboseli, the dryness of the Nyeri Desert soon heralded the rather strange looking Gerenuk, stately Grants Gazelle...
red rumped swallow by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick
Wildlife and Conservation Photographer Peter Chadwick recently explored some of Kenya's well-known conservation areas that host an exciting diversity of Kenyan birdlife. His trip started out in Nairobi and headed down to the Kenyan coastline, traveling through the Amboseli National Park, Tsavo and Malindi. In this three part blog series, Peter shares some of his...
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