16th to 19th December 2020 December has been a crazy month for unusual birds in Zululand. Madagascan Cuckoo, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Terek Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers, Caspian and American Golden Plovers to… More
Sunday 9 August 2020
On impulse Sally and I headed to Albert Falls to do some birding.
Fortunately we arrived early and got in before the hordes of day trippers arrived. Having said that, the really early birds were the fisherpersons. And there were a lot of them. When we left just after midday there was a long queue of cars to get in to join the hundreds already there. Rather popular it was.
The day was lovely and sunny if not a bit cool though.
Below are a few images to give you an impression of Albert Falls.
There was one sad sighting of a bat tangled in barbed wire over a pond. Not sure what purpose the barbed wire served.
In all we recorded 77 different bird species in two pentads.
That was the day we saw our first Yellow-billed Kite of the season.
A quiet Sunday during C-19.
Paul and Sally Bartho
27 July 2020
Eventually we got round to book an afternoon 15:30 slot at the Wattle Crane hide at Karkloof Conservancy to observe the cranes coming in to roost. We were not disappointed.Continue reading “Karkloof Conservancy”
30 and 31 July 2020
Oribi Gorge and Umtamvuma were visited in consecutive days recently. On both days we started our birding quite late in the morning. A case of re-familiarising ourselves rather than full on birding.Continue reading “Oribi Gorge and Umtamvuma”
26th July 2020
Having read about Cattle Paths on the Howick Buzz, Sally decided we should visit. Cattle Paths is located on the road from Estcourt to Weenen. It has numerous habitats for birding and the trails cannot be completed all in one day. As it was, we walked 12 kms and did not cover half of the potential trails.Continue reading “Cattle Paths”
Sunday 19th July 2020
Sally has been keeping her eye on places we could visit close by to do some birding. Mount Park caught her eye as a place of indigenous mistbelt forest, climbing up the Inhlosane Mountain between Dargle and Boston, KZN. It is on the district road 132. There are kilometres of trails through the forest following streams up to the peak. Day visitors are welcome there. Do contact to advise you are coming. Tel: 033 234 4601.Continue reading “Mount Park”
Sunday 5th July 2020
On impulse, Sally and I decided to visit Weenen Nature Reserve which was open for day visitors.
We arrived at 07h30 – an hour and a half hour drive from home.
After checking in and doing all the Covid-19 paperwork we headed into the reserve. Almost immediately we saw three special species all together. A common Quail, Chestnut-rumped Warbler (aka Tit-Babbler) and a Fiscal Flycatcher. The latter turned up everywhere we went during the day. Of course as we watched them along came two vehicles and we had to move off. Typical.Continue reading “Weenen Nature Reservation”
25th June 2020
Sally’s physiotherapist suggested that we visit Twin Falls to do some birding which has indigenous forest – a farm a few kilometres past Karkloof Conservancy near Howick, KZN.Continue reading “Twin Falls, Karkloof, KZN”
22 to 24 March 2020
Just before lockdown. We had no idea that it was about to happen so soon. My sister Natasha and her husband Dick were heading north west of Pretoria to collect an off-road trailer that they had just bought. Sally and I decided to go with them and we all planned to camp at Pilanesberg for 3 or 4 nights before returning home. That was not to be however.Continue reading “Manyane Camp, Pilanesberg”
Our Fortuner needed to be run in for at least 800 kms before we could tow our off-road trailer. So we decided to visit Mkuze and stay in one of their rest huts for 3 nights.
So we had 2 full days for birding/Atlassing. In that time we virtually drove all the roads around the Game Park. As usual kuMasinga was the best waterhole for birds and animals. However we did see some specials as we drove around.Continue reading “Mkuze 12 to 15 March 2020”
25th to 30th January 2020
This trip was planned at the very last minute. On the 23rd January I was told that my hip revision was postponed from 29th January to 3rd February. So, to fill in the week’s wait we decided to go to the Cape to find a few specials in Velddrif and at the same time to visit friends and family.Continue reading “Cape Town and beyond”