Northern Cape Birding

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African Cuckoo by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The large-eyed faces of three Southern White-Faced Owl chicks starred down at me with inquisitive bobbing heads from the upper branches of a dense acacia tree and as I turned my head to the left to look into the adjacent tree, I also noticed a Pearl-Spotted Owlet peering out at me from a hollow in the knarled branch of...
White-Backed Vulture taking off by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
White-backed Vultures circled high overhead, casting dark shadows that sped over the ground and became ever larger as the birds began their plummet to the ground with flared wings and low hanging legs and feet. I sat dead still, afraid to make the slightest movement in case the wily birds caught an indication of my presence. First, one bird...
Pririt Batis by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Drought clawed the landscape as an oppressive hot wind formed whirlwinds that sped across the parched and desolate open areas and yet, there was a promise of change as thunderclouds built up all around and rumbled in anticipation of shedding their life giving loads. I had stopped in the middle of a gravel plain in the Rooipoort Nature Reserve...
Desert Cisticola by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Mokala National Park was officially proclaimed in 2007, making it one of South African National Park’s newest conservation areas and at 27500 hectares, it gains its name after the Tswana word for the magnificent Camel Thorn Acacias, that were prominent features across the diverse landscape.
Karoo Thrush by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Pale pink Greater Flamingos waded in the shallows in their hundreds, while in the skies above v-flights of heavy-thumping winged Great White Pelicans flew in to land, sliding onto the water with feet acting as giant skids. In the shallows, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Ruff, Common Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Pied Avocet and Black-Winged Stilts all bustled around...
Namaqua sandgrouse female by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
A late winters wind blew icy shafts across the Northern Cape landscape and heavy rains had left overflowing slushy wetlands enjoyed by flocks of Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese that dabbled in the shallows . The blankets of colourfull flowers whipped in the wind and did their best to follow the suns path across the sky, still putting on an...
cape glossy strarling by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
Having lived for two years in the Kalahari, the knarled Camel Thorn trees with their rough bark, large seed pods and yellow pom-pom flowers together with the copper red sandy soils and dry heat holds a special place in my soul. Somehow the rest of the chaotically busy world seems to have left this corner of Africa alone and...
orange river white eye by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
We are going to go on holiday WHERE was my family’s immediate response when I suggested a trip in to the arid Northern Cape and with a focus on the Poffadder area. “What happens in Pofadder” was their next question and when I said that there was some special birding to be done, they looked at me as if...
barlows lark by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
The strange looking half-mens plant, giant quiver trees, quartzite koppies, arid birding, the Orange River and extreme aridness all have the Richtesveld National Park in common and it was here that I was heading on the next leg of my journey into the Northern Cape of South Africa.
Kalahari scrub robin by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Twenty years ago, when I first visited the Northern Cape and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, as it was known then, access to the park was via a rough gravel road that seemingly went on forever and that wound through the red sand dunes leaving one feeling seasick from driving between the crests and dips of the dunes. Today,...
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