South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger

13 - 27 October 2007

 

Guide: Benjamin Schwartz

Participants: Nancy Lyman, Gary Sowel, Marsha Salett, Lisa Standley

 

 

South Africa is an absolutely spectacular country and has one of the highest numbers of endemics of any African nation. From the unique fynbos of the western Cape to the mammals of Kruger and the high mountains of Lesotho, every day brings new and unforgettable experiences. This tour was arranged to take in as much of the country and see as many of the endemics as possible in three weeks time. Completely unplanned, it turned out that three of the participants had birded together on a previous Tropical Birding tour to Australia, and two of them had done a Tropical Birding tour to China together as well. With similar interests and a similar birding intensity, we all had a great time and managed to pick up 433 bird species and 50 mammal species!

 

Day 1: Tanqua Karoo

While this was technically scheduled to be an arrival day, a couple of the participants had arrived early and were keen to get out and see some birds. It was decided that a day trip to the Tanqua Karoo would be the best way to maximize our birding. This typically very dry desert was a beautiful way to begin the trip as all the plants were in bloom and the normal brown was turned into a sea of purples and yellows. The birding here was amazing and we managed to pick up all of our key species. These included Rufous-eared, Namaqua, and Cinnamon-breasted Warblers, Karoo Eremomela, and Pririt Batis. Well pleased with our first day out, we headed back to Cape Town to pick up the rest of the participants.

 

Day 2: Paarl and Kirstenbosch

The first real day of the tour saw us out bright and early and on our way to the Paarl mountain flower reserve. The birding was amazing and we started off the day with a bang as we began ticking off endemics. The flowering proteas were absolutely stunning and attracted the equally stunning Orange-breasted and Malachite Sunbirds. Cape Sugarbird was another excellent endemic as well as species such as Cape Batis, Fiscal Flycatcher, and wonderful views of Booted Eagle soaring overhead.

After taking in the beauty of the flower reserve, we headed to the not quite as stunning (though equally birdy) Paarl water treatment plant, tallying up the number of countries in which we’d all visited sewage plants along the way. Getting to see both Greater and Lesser Flamingos as well as a plethora of other birds, including African Spoonbill, Little Bittern, Cape Shoveler, and Maccoa Duck, more that made up for the rest of the surroundings.

We decided to make our way to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for lunch and a relaxing afternoon stroll before heading back to our beds to try and get over some of the jetlag.

 

Day 3: Pelagic, Boulders, Strandfontein

Another early start brought us to the dock in Simons Town ready to head off on a pelagic. The water was a little choppy on the way out but no one from our group got overly sick and the birds made it all worthwhile. We soon found a trawler with hordes of birds teaming behind it. Shy Albatross, Pintado Petrel, and White-chinned Petrel were all very common. As the trawler began to pull in his net with the mornings catch, a smaller boat sped up behind him and got the net caught in his props. He quickly pulled them up, untangle the net and drove off but the damage was already done. About ten tons of dead fish were released and floating on the surface of the water. While this was an absolute nightmare for the trawler, who had just lost about a million rand worth of fish, it was heaven for the birds and the sky became thick with them. We picked up both Indian and Atlantic Yellow-nosed as well as Black-browed Albatrosses, Wilson’s and Black-bellied Storm Petrels, and Northern Giant Petrel. While this was an amazing spectacle, the bird of the day was still to come. Scanning through the White-chinned Petrels, we managed to pick out a Spectacled Petrel that sat in the water very close to the boat. This mega rarity is very difficult to find and little known with only an estimated 4000 on the planet. This was definitely the rarest bird of the trip and an amazing find! Heading back towards land, we were able to pick up the endemic Bank, and the near-endemic Cape and Crowned Cormorants.

After arriving back at shore we went just down the coast to the Boulders Beach Penguin colony and got up close and personal views of Jackass Penguins as they lay in the sand and waddled along the water edge. With a couple more hours of sunlight remaining, we decided to make the most of it by heading to Strandfontein to have a look at another sewage plant. Here we were able to pick up quite a few waders and get some great looks at the more of the waterfowl before calling it a day.

 

Fiscal Flycatcher - Benji SchwartzDay 4: Darling Wildflower Route, West Coast NP, and Velddrif

Heading north out of Cape Town, we took back roads to the small town of Darling. This route tends to be excellent for birds and we had a wonderful time seeing many new species. Alternately walking and driving along the road provided us with a great chance to see birds such as White-backed Mousebird, Blue Crane, and Capped Wheatear. The magnificent call of the Diederik Cuckoo could be heard in a small patch of trees and we managed to get excellent scope looks. The call turned out to be one that we would get very used to on the trip as it was heard almost every day in the east.

Finishing off the wildflower route we entered West Coast National Park where we made our way to a small pond. The birding here was reasonably good and we managed to pick up our first Bradypterus warbler: Little Rush-Warbler (though I can’t say all the participants were as excited as me at getting looks of this drab skulker). The highlight of the day though was when we tried for African Rail. As with most rails, this species can be extremely difficult to actually see as it hides in the reeds. However, after playing the tape once one was seen briefly crossing an open patch across the pond. We decided to wait and try to get everyone on the bird and to our extreme delight two of them came out in the open as the crossed the pond to our side. Being able to watch this bird swim across the pond out in the open was an experience that none of us will soon forget.

To finish off the day we headed up to the Langabaan quarry where we got great looks at Black Eagle and Grey-winged Francolin. We then went up to Velddrif and easily tracked down a family of Chestnut-banded Plovers before heading back to Cape Town for the night.

 

Day 5: Koeburg Power Plant and De Hoop

Having had our fill of sewage treatment plants, we decided to try something new and started off the day at the nuclear power plant instead. The power plant is actually surrounded by a nature reserve and the birding here was very good. We managed to pick up all the key species we were looking for here included Bokmakierie, Cape Grassbird, Cape Penduline-Tit, and Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler before we began the long drive to De Hoop. We managed to get to De Hoop with plenty of time remaining to do some birding and were thrilled to quickly pick up some of the areas special species. Agulhas Long-billed Lark was one of the first species encountered and its stunning long bill went a small way towards curing the participants of their aversion to larks and cisticolas. Stopping at another field, we were thrilled to see both a Denham’s Bustard and a Karoo Korhaan before calling it a day.

 

Day 6: De Hoop to Wilderness

Entering De Hoop NP we were thrilled to get our first real encounter with some of Africa’s mammals as we came upon herds of zebra and one of Africa’s largest antelopes, the eland. Birding around the campsite we managed to pick up some excellent species including Southern Boubou and Southern Tchagra before heading over to the Potburg section of the park where we were planning on looking for a Barn Owl that roosts there. While we didn’t see the Barn Owl, we were extremely thrilled to see a Spotted Eagle-Owl fly in and perch over a dry river bed long enough to get some great scope looks. This was a much better owl to see and everyone was quite pleased to get the eagle-owl over the extremely widespread Barn Owl, which they had all seen on other countries around the world already.

Leaving De Hoop we began the drive to Wilderness by crossing the Malagas River on the only man operated ferry in South Africa. Arriving in Wilderness we spent some time around the lodge watching the wonderful feeder there as Knysna Turaco, Forest Canary, Swee Waxbill, Chorister Robin, and a slew of other birds came in to feed. The late afternoon found us relaxed with plenty of time and energy to head up to Woodville and the large yellowwood tree. As darkness came we were thrilled to hear two African Wood Owl calling in the trees around us. These relatively tiny owls can be rather difficult to find, but we were eventually able to track them down and get descent looks (though they did give us a bit of a chase). Thrilled with our find, we made our way back to the car only to hear Fiery-necked Nightjar calling in the distance. Unfortunately we only got brief looks of this bird flying overhead before everyone decided that it was time to relax with a drink before bed.

 

Day 7: Wilderness Trails

This day was spent on the numerous trails that run through the forest surrounding Wilderness. The only problem with the tremendous wealth of birds around our lodge was that it made it much more difficult to find the remaining harder species in the forest. Harder or not, we maintained our luck and were able to find some great species. The morning started off views of Amethyst Sunbird in the car park and continued with great views of a Narina Trogon within only a couple of meters of us! A gravel road between trails allowed us our first views of a perched Forest Buzzard and a bird hide overlooking a nearby lake turned out to be excellent for African Fish Eagle. Other forest birds seen included Green Woodhoopoe, Terrestrial Brownbul, and Grey Cuckoo-shrike. A brief stop along the Kaimans River brought us up close and personal views of Malachite and the much more elusive Half-collared Kingfishers. After finding Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler along another trail, there was a call from the back to return to the lodge for a couple drinks before dinner. We all agreed it had been an extremely successful day, but that last bird of the day is often a surprise. As we park our van a bird flew into the tree just in front of the windshield. Looking up, we were thrilled to find Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher perched there just waiting for us to look at him! With the thrill of this almost overflowing, we sat down to watch the feeders and relax with a drink before dinner.

 

Red-eyed Bulbul - Benji SchwartzDay 8: Wilderness to Karoo NP via Swartberg Pass and Victoria Bay

While we were are thrilled with the forest birds we had seen thus far, there was still one bird that we all wanted and had so far managed to elude us: the stunning White-starred Robin. We decided our last morning here was best spent in a concerted effort to track this bird down. Walking through the forest up at Woodville we all kept our ears open for the distinctive call of this bird. After hearing a couple but chasing them down to no avail, we were beginning to feel a bit disheartened. Then one was heard very nearby and we were all quickly on high alert. Finally we found the bird and all quickly agreed that the book did not do it justice. The bright yellow belly and grey head with its white post-ocular spot made a stunning combination. After all the effort we had put into finding this bird, we were absolutely thrilled to see another five of them over the final kilometer of the trail!

After the excitement of the White-starred Robin, eagerness to search out another drab, skulking Bradypterus warbler was semi muted. However, as it was our best bet for Knysna Warbler, we decided to give it a brief shot at one of the easiest places to see them: Victoria Bay. Calling so close that we felt we could reach out and grab it if we could just manage to get into the thickets it prefers, all of us ended up getting great looks within a relatively small amount of searching (much less effort than was spent on the robin).

Swartberg pass rises through the mountains that separate the dry Karoo from the coastal forests and it is home to some very special birds. Our main target here was the Cape Rockjumper; a fantastic bird which makes up part of two families endemic to Southern Africa: rockjumpers and sugarbirds. Seeing this bird would clean up the western species belonging to these families and we were extremely excited as we climbed the path. A short walk at the top of the pass proved very easy and we all got great looks as a family clambered around on the rocky slopes.

Descending into the Karoo brought us into habitat that we had not had the chance to bird yet as a group and we couldn’t wait to start the next morning and see what other spectacular species were in store for us.

 

Day 9: Karoo NP

The short vegetation and dry sand of the Karoo provides spectacular vistas and the feeling of being in another world completely. Despite its appearances, the Karoo is home to an amazing amount of diversity with over one third of the worlds succulent plant species occurring. The dryness of the surrounding area makes the campsites, with their permanent water sources, an excellent place to find many of the birds in the area. We started off our morning in just such a place and were thrilled with the results. It seemed that every bird we said we were going to look for was easily found within moments of turning our mind to it. This made for a whirlwind of a morning with species such as Pririt Batis (not yet seen by those who hadn’t been with us in the Tanqua Karoo), Rufous-eared Warbler, Namaqua Warbler, Long-billed Crombec, and Layard’s Tit-babbler all easily found.

We decided to leave the campsite and head up the plateau as the day progressed and got great looks at a large number of Ground Woodpecker and Pale-winged Starling before lunch. We were also extremely excited to get our first look at Red-faced Mousebird, thus cleaning up all the mousebird species found in South Africa.

Red-eyed Bulbul - Benji SchwartzThe mid-day heat of the Karoo convinced us all that our time would best be spent relaxing and watching a small waterhole where we enjoyed the multitude of weavers as well as getting great looks at African Marsh Warbler (while not a Bradypterus, it was almost as exciting for many of the participants).

As the day started to cool down, we decided to go on another drive before getting ready for the night drive we had scheduled. This proved to be an excellent idea as we picked up some great species. While the Spike-heeled and Karoo Long-billed Larks were tolerated, the highlights of the afternoon were definitely amazing views of Double-banded Courser, and watching the oddly majestic Secretarybird as it raised and lowered its crest in the excitement of hunting on the plains.

The vast amount of land covered by Karoo NP makes it an excellent place for viewing mammals and the night drive provided us with a great chance to see some of these beautiful creatures in their natural activities. There is something about seeing animals at night that reminded us all of just how wild the area we were in truly was. Gemsbok, red hartebeest, duikers, and steenbok were all out in force. We were also lucky enough to get excellent looks at cape mountain zebra and compare these with the much more widespread Burchell’s zebra.

 

Day 10: Travel Day

Leaving the Karoo after breakfast, we made our way back to Cape Town and then took a flight to Johannesburg to begin our birding in the East. Luckily this provided us with TV access for the night and those of us who were interested got to watch the South African Springboks win the Rugby World Cup!!

 

Day 11: Johannesburg to Kruger NP

Leaving the city early in the morning, we made our way to Kruger NP and a completely new set of birds. Kruger comprises a huge region and is the epitome of what many think of when picturing Africa in their minds; acacia covered plains teeming with large mammals and spectacular bird life. Our first afternoon here brought us spectacular sightings of some of Africa’s most special mammals; from the giant elephants to the elegant giraffe, and fascinatingly odd-looking warthog. One of the highlights of the afternoon though was the chance to watch a lioness at a kill while a seemingly unconcerned white rhino plodded around only meters away!

Even with all the amazing mammals, birding didn’t take a back seat (most of the time). In just a couple hours we managed to pick up more new trip birds than could possible be mentioned here. Classic species such as Grey Go-away-bird, Bateleur, White-headed and Hooded Vultures, Brubru, Red-billed Quelea, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-throated Petronia, Kurrichane Thrush, and Lilac-breasted Roller were interspersed with some less common, though absolutely stunning, species such as Purple-crested Turaco, Black Cuckoo-shrike, White-throated Robin-chat, Bennett’s Woodpecker, and three new stunning species of sunbird. Arriving at our camp we were already looking forward to what the next day would bring.

 

African Jacana - Benji SchwartzDay 12: Kruger NP

Having a full day to drive around southern Kruger we maximized our day with a pleasant combination of mammal and bird watching. It can be truly difficult to concentrate on identifying cisticolas when elephants, giraffe, and wildebeest are all so close! However, gorgeous birds like Green-winged Pytilia, Blue Waxbill, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Plum-colored Starling, and Purple Roller, do go a fair way towards refocusing oneself!

The birding this morning was once again exceptional but as the heat of the day progressed and the birds started to quiet down, we decided the best plan of action would be to find a bit of shade in one of the hides overlooking a waterhole. This proved to be an excellent chose and we got our first looks at hippo as they lolled in the refreshing water. After seeing these huge beasts looking so cumbersome on land, it is amazing to see how agile they can be in the water. Watching them roar and exposing their huge front teeth is definitely a vision best seen from a safe distance! The waterhole also provided some excellent birds and we were able to get close views of the gigantic Goliath Heron as well as African Jacana before loading back into our vehicle to return to camp.

 

Day 13: Kruger NP to Wakkerstroom

For our final morning of birding around Kruger, we decided to spend our time walking around the campground where we were staying. Since we came to the east, the call of the Red-chested Cuckoo had been so constant that not having yet seen it was beginning to haunt our dreams. While a widespread species, many of the participants had missed it on other African trips and we decided that one way or another we would find the bird that morning. We began our search but it seemed that every time we located a calling bird, it would go quiet and disappear only to begin calling again a far distance away. While the frustration was mounting, we were convinced that we could find the bird. However, our efforts were slightly distracted by other birds in the area and we found ourselves looking at species such as Black-backed Puffback, Bearded Woodpecker, and the colorful White-fronted Bee-eater. As we were watching the bee-eater we finally got brief looks as a cuckoo flew so fast and low over our heads that we could feel the rush of air in its wake. Having seen where the bird landed not too far away, we managed to find it perched and calling incessantly on an exposed branch where we all got great looks. Having accomplished our goal for the morning we sat down to breakfast and our final looks at Kruger.

Beginning our drive to Wakkerstroom we couldn’t help stopping one last time along a river before leaving Kruger. The birding here was excellent and we ended up staying for quite a while as more and more new birds appeared. Purple Heron, African Wattled Lapwing, and Hammerkop lined the sandy margins and we were thrilled to see both Pied and Giant Kingfishers along the shores. Having said our final goodbyes to Kruger and picked up some more great birds, we decided to make our way to Wakkerstroom in earnest.

Wakkerstroom is a unique area of upland grassland that holds quite a few of South Africa’s endemics and we could all feel our excitement rising as we made our way there. Coming in along the gravel Amersfoort-Wakkerstroom road, we were confronted with a plethora of larks. Searching through the more common species, we were thrilled to find our first specialty of the area: Botha’s Lark. This small lark can be very tricky to find and we were thrilled by our success. This was soon followed by Blue Korhaan and our spirits were soaring. After checking into our lodge, we made our way out on another of the loops in the area and very easily picked up both Buff-streaked Chat and the fanciful Yellow-breasted Pipit; two more of the areas specialties. With the sun setting, we decided to head over to Grey-crowned Crane roost and managed to get there with just enough light left to see this spectacular bird (though better views in full daylight would come the next day). As we were leaving and debating whether we had the energy to try for some owls in the area, the decision was taken out of our hands as an African Grass Owl flew overhead. A great end to an amazing day!

 

Day 14: Wakkerstroom

We decided to have an early start and look for another of Wakkerstroom's specialty species. Rudd’s Lark is a very localized endemic and better found here than anywhere else in the country. The display of this bird consists of flying in circles high overhead for up to 45 minutes. While we could hear the lark in its display somewhere off in the distance, we couldn’t manage to find it as it soared overhead. As breakfast approached, we felt slightly discouraged but nothing that a nice hot meal wouldn’t fix. While we had missed our target bird for the morning, we did manage to pick up other species such as Red-throated Wryneck, Fan-tailed Cisticola, and amazing looks at Lanner Falcon. Seeing the amazing tail of the Long-tailed Widowbird in breeding plumage went quite a ways to console everyone at having missed the lark.

After breakfast we headed out to the wetlands and found species such as White-faced Duck, Yellow-billed Egret, and African Purple Swamphen before heading off to do another local loop. Unfortunately the weather chose this point to turn foul and for a large portion of the drive we could barely see the road in front of us due to the fog and rain. However, this didn’t stop of from attempting to see three more of the areas specialty birds. Luckily breaks in the storm proved to be sufficient for us to see all three. We started with a roosting site for South African Cliff Swallow and were pleased to see that the rain hadn’t grounded them completely. Driving further along the road we encountered a flock of Orange-breasted Waxbill mixed in with the much more numerous quelea, bishops, and widowbirds of the area. While we were worried that our final specialty for the afternoon may elude us, we were pleased when we found two Barrow’s Korhaan sitting out in a field where we could get excellent looks through the scope. As the rain started pouring down once again, we decided to make our way to the lodge, only stopping for Cape Longclaw and Drakensberg Prinia en-route.

 

Day 15: Wakkerstroom to Mkuze

Having picked up all the specialties in Wakkerstroom except Rudd’s Lark, some of us decided that the lark was worth one final search before heading off. While those of us with no interest in larks managed to have a relaxing morning, the rest of us headed off at first light to try another spot for this special species. As soon as we opened the car doors we once again heard the distinctive call overhead. Perhaps because of the overcast sky, we were able to pick this species out in its display and were even able to follow it in the scope as it flew overhead. We were quite pleased with our effort and it turned out that the early start was well planned as the cloud level once again dropped so we could barely see the van from where we stood.

After a very filling breakfast, we made our way towards Mkuze hoping that we would be able to leave the rainy weather behind. By the time we reached the park we thought it was clear sailing, but within ten minutes of entering dark clouds once again began to form on the horizon. We decided to make the most of it and ended up seeing some great species despite the weather. Making our first stop, we quickly picked up Pink-throated Twinspot and Neergaard’s Sunbird; both of which are endemic and often quite tricky to track down species. Continuing our drive through the park we came upon a covey of Crested Guineafowl along the roadside as well as great looks of breeding Pink-backed Pelican and a Martial Eagle perched in the open before turning around to head back to our hotel for the night.

 

African Broadbill - Benji SchwartzDay 16: Mkuze

While the weather still hadn’t quite bent to our will, we were bolstered by the previous days success and were sure to find some more great birds in this amazing park. We started off with a bang as we heard oddly metallic croaking of an African Broadbill near the car. Scanning through the woods we were thrilled to spot the broadbill very close to the vehicle and in plain sight for all to see. This was an excellent start to the day and we were convinced that while the weather might dampen us, it wouldn’t dampen our experience. Our birding continued and we were quite pleased to pick up species such as Jacobin Cuckoo, Black-bellied Bustard, Common Scimitarbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, and Brown-crowned Tchagra before the weather convinced us to call it a day.

 

Day 17: Mkuze to St. Lucia

Leaving Mkuze after an early breakfast, we began our journey to the St. Lucia wetlands area and a shot at more forest birding. A bit disappointed in the lack of storks around thus far, we decided it would be worthwhile to make a stop at Muzi Pans and see what we could pick up there. This satisfied our desire with nice looks at Yellow-billed Stork and we were all very excited to see the stunning African Pygmy Goose and the often-elusive White-backed Duck as well. Quite pleased, we continued our journey to St. Lucia. Here we began to search for more specialty species and were quite pleased to easily find Livingstone’s Turaco, Rudd’s Apalis, and Black-bellied Starling as well as more common species such as White-eared Barbet, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird. The late afternoon was spent with a quick drive up to Cape Vidal where we managed to pick some more new species including Black-chested Snake-Eagle and Pale-crowned Cisticola before calling it a day.

 

Day 18: St. Lucia to Eshowe

With a couple more key species to pick up, we decided to make an early start of it and see what the forests would reveal. A quick stop along a forest trail ended up taking quite a while as the birds just kept appearing. All enjoyed specialties such as Woodward’s Batis and Brown Scrub-Robin as well as more common species like Crowned Hornbill, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, and Thick-billed Weaver. However, the most stunning bird of the walk was by far the African Emerald Cuckoo. While this species is fairly widespread throughout Africa, the bright yellow belly and dazzling emerald green body always make it a favorite. Leaving the forest trail we took an easy stroll through the nearby campgrounds and were quite pleased at finding some great birds there including Grey Waxbill, Broad-billed Roller, and Red-capped Robin-Chat.

Leaving St. Lucia, we made our way down to Eshowe with a great stop along the way for Palmnut Vulture. Arriving at Eshowe, we went straight to the Dlinzi forest to attempt one of its rarer inhabitants. Within twenty minutes of arrival, we had a Spotted Ground-Thrush hopping along the trail in front of us. We got excellent looks, but were even more pleased when the bird flew to a nest nearby and sat in it watching us. While maintaining a respectful distance, we were all able to get fantastic looks at this shy and elusive species.

 

Spotted Ground-Thrush - Benji SchwartzDay 19: Eshowe to Creighton

An early start found us all at the top of the tower at Dlinzi forest (the possible birds convincing some to brave their fear of heights). Eastern Olive Sunbird could be heard calling all around us and everyone finally got on it, finishing up all the species of sunbird available to us in South Africa! Red-backed Mannikin fed in the canopy, but our key species was the Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon. Scanning the trees, we finally found three birds perched where we could get good views of them. Named after the bronze nape of the female, we were happy to be able to see both males and females in the tree.

Having cleaned up in Eshowe, we decided to make an early start and see what the rest of the day had in store for us. With a bit of extra time, we decided to make a stop at Oribi Gorge. While this was a little out of our way, it turned out to be well worth the time as we got spectacular looks of both African Crowned Eagle, one of the most stunning raptors in South Africa, and Gymnogene soaring overhead. On top of these spectacular birds, we also managed to pick up one of South Africa’s most difficult endemics: the Knysna Woodpecker. This bird generally only gives off one high pitched call every few minutes and can thus be very tricky to track down. After seeing the bird fly overhead, we searched the thick tangles and were finally rewarded for our efforts.

Making our way to Creighton, we searched through the open grasslands and discovered White-winged, Fan-tailed, Long-tailed, and Red-collared Widowbirds flitting through the grasses. Long-crested Eagle was quite common in the area and we were thrilled to pick up another striking raptor for the day. With an extremely early start the next morning, we decided to call it a day and went to our lodge for a scrumptious dinner.

 

Day 20: Xumeni

The small Afro-montane forest patch of Xumeni is one of the best areas around to see Orange Ground-Thrush and the best time of day to see it is just before dawn. While this meant a very early start, we all felt it was worth it and arrived at the forest in the darkness of night. Driving along the road before the sun rose we managed to get excellent views of the ground-thrush as it came out to feed along the road. However, as the sun rose we realized that we were once again surrounded by clouds and could barely see into the forest at all. Lucky for us, a brief break in the cloud cover coincided perfectly with a pair of Cape Parrot flying overhead and we were able to see these before they reentered the mist. We decided at this point that our chances for birding were severely limited and that we could all use a bit of a break. Attempting to go out again in the afternoon again proved tricky but we struggled through it did manage to pick up a couple species, including Red-winged Francolin, before heading off to the Sani Pass Hotel for the night.

 

Day 21: Sani Pass

Heading up the mountain pass into Lesotho, we were quite pleased to quickly leave the fog of the previous day behind. Our first stops along the lower stretch of the pass brought us a couple of key species that we had been unable to see the day before, including Bush Blackcap and Dark-capped Yellow Warbler. Continuing up the slope, we were thrilled to find both African Black Duck and Black Stork at a small stream. Gurney’s Sugarbird made an excellent showing and one of the most anticipated birds of the trip, the Lammergeier, was seen from the South African border control. While standing at the highest pub in all of Africa, we easily picked up Drakensberg Siskin and Cape Vulture. Another highlight of the upper plateau was the Mountain Pipit. While this species is not as spectacular looking as many of the other species in the area, the lack of knowledge concerning where it goes in the winter make it an extremely cool species to see. Our final bird for the trip was also one we really didn’t want to miss and were thrilled to see. The Drakensberg Rockjumper completed the last species of the two endemic families to Southern Africa. We were ecstatic and were able to watch both males and females as the hopped along the rocks on the side of the road. It was an excellent way to end the trip and we couldn’t have asked for more; great birds, great people, and an amazing time had by all!

 

Bird List (near-endemics in italics, endemics in bold)

1

Common Ostrich

Struthio camelus

2

African (Jackass) Penguin

Spheniscus demersus

3

Great Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

4

Black-necked Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

5

Little Grebe (Dabchick)

Tachybaptus ruficollis

6

Shy Albatross

Diomedea cauta

7

Black-browed Albatross

Diomedea melanophris

8

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche chlororhynchos

9

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

Thalassarche carteri

10

Northern Giant Petrel

Macronectes halli

11

Pintado (Cape) Petrel

Daption capense

12

White-chinned Petrel

Procellaria aequinoctialis

13

Spectacled Petrel

Procellaria conspicillata

14

Cory's Shearwater

Calonectris diomedea

15

Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus griseus

16

Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis

17

Wilson's Storm Petrel

Oceanites oceanicus

18

Black-belied Storm Petrel

Fregetta tropica

19

Great (Eastern) White Pelican

Pelecanus onocrotalus

20

Pink-backed Pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

21

Cape Gannet

Morus capensis

22

White-breasted Cormorant

Phalacrocorax lucidus

23

Cape Cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis

24

Bank Cormorant

Phalacrocorax neglectus

25

Long-tailed Cormorant

Phalacrocorax africanus

26

Crowned Cormorant

Phalacrocorax coronatus

27

African Darter

Anhinga rufa

28

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

29

Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala

30

Goliath Heron

Ardea goliath

31

Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea

32

Great (White) Egret

Casmerodius albus

33

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

34

Yellow-billed Egret

Mesophoyx intermedia

35

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

36

Green-backed Heron

Butorides striatus

37

Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

38

Little Bittern

Ixobrychus minutus

39

Hamerkop

Scopus umbretta

40

Black Stork

Ciconia nigra

41

Woolly-necked Stork

Ciconia episcopus

42

Yellow-billed Stork

Mycteria ibis

43

Sacred Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

44

Southern Bald Ibis

Geronticus calvus

45

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

46

Hadeda Ibis

Bostrychia hagedash

47

African Spoonbill

Platalea alba

48

Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

49

Lesser Flamingo

Phoenicopterus minor

50

White-faced Duck

Dendrocygna viduata

51

White-backed Duck

Thalassornis leuconotus

52

Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiacus

53

South African Shelduck

Tadorna cana

54

Yellow-billed Duck

Anas undulata

55

African Black Duck

Anas sparsa

56

Cape Teal

Anas capensis

57

Red-billed Teal

Anas erythrorhyncha

58

Cape Shoveler

Anas smithii

59

Southern Pochard

Netta erythrophthalma

60

African Pygmy Goose

Nettapus auritus

61

Spur-winged Goose

Plectropterus gambensis

62

Maccoa Duck

Oxyura maccoa

63

Secretarybird

Sagittarius serpentarius

64

White-Headed Vulture

Trigonoceps occipitalis

65

Cape Vulture

Gyps coprotheres

66

(African) White-backed Vulture

Gyps africanus

67

Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture)

Gypaetus barbatus

68

Palmnut Vulture

Gypohierax angolensis

69

Hooded Vulture

Necrosyrtes monachus

70

Yellow-billed Kite

Milvus parasitus

71

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus caeruleus

72

Verreaux's (Black) Eagle

Aquila verreauxii

73

Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax

74

Wahlberg's Eagle

Aquila wahlbergi

75

Booted Eagle

Hieraaetus pennatus

76

Martial Eagle

Polemaetus bellicosus

77

Crowned Eagle

Stephanoaetus coronatus

78

Longcrested Eagle

Lophaetus occipitalis

79

Brown Snake Eagle

Circaetus cinereus

80

Black-chested Snake Eagle

Circaetus pectoralis

81

Bateleur

Terathopius ecaudatus

82

African Fish Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer

83

Common (Steppe) Buzzard

Buteo buteo

84

Forest Buzzard

Buteo trizonatus

85

Jackal Buzzard

Buteo rufofuscus

86

African Harrier-hawk (Gymnogene)

Polyboroides typus

87

Lizard Buzzard

Kaupifalco monogrammicus

88

Gabar Goshawk

Micronisus gabar

89

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Melierax canorus

90

African Marsh Harrier

Circus ranivorus

91

Black Harrier

Circus maurus

92

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

93

Lanner Falcon

Falco biarmicus

94

Amur (Eastern Red-footed) Falcon

Falco amurensis

95

Pygmy Falcon

Polihierax semitorquatus

96

Rock Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

97

Crested Francolin

Periperdix sephaena

98

Grey-winged Francolin

Pternistes africanus

99

Red-winged Francolin

Scleroptila levaillanti

100

Cape Francolin

Pternistes capensis

101

Natal Francolin

Pternistes natalensis

102

Red-necked Spurfowl (Francolin)

Pternistes afer

103

Swainson's Spurfowl (Francolin)

Pternistes swainsonii

104

Common Quail

Coturnix coturnix

105

Helmeted Guineafowl

Numida meleagris

106

Crested Guineafowl

Guttera pucherani

107

Blue Crane

Anthropoides paradiseus

108

Grey (Southern) Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

109

African Rail

Rallus caerulescens

110

Black Crake

Amaurornis flavirostris

111

African Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio

112

Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

113

Red-knobbed Coot

Fulica cristata

114

African Jacana

Actophilornis africanus

115

Denham's (Stanley's) Bustard

Neotis denhami

116

Barrow's (S. White-bellied) Korhaan

Eupodotis barrowii

117

Blue Korhaan

Eupodotis caerulescens

118

Karoo Korhaan

Eupodotis vigorsii

119

Red-crested Korhaan

Eupodotis ruficrista

120

Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan)

Eupodotis melanogaster

121

African Black Oystercatcher

Haematopus moquini

122

Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

123

White-fronted Plover

Charadrius marginatus

124

Chestnut-banded Plover

Charadrius pallidus

125

Kittlitz's Plover

Charadrius pecuarius

126

Three-banded Plover

Charadrius tricollaris

127

Grey (Black-bellied) Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

128

Crowned Lapwing (Plover)

Vanellus coronatus

129

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)

Vanellus armatus

130

African Wattled Lapwing (Plover)

Vanellus crassirostris

131

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

132

Terek Sandpiper

Tringa cinereus

133

Common Sandpiper

Tringa hypoleucos

134

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

135

Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis

136

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

137

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

138

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

139

Sanderling

Calidris alba

140

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

141

Pied Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

142

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

143

Spotted Thick-knee (Dikkop)

Burhinus capensis

144

Water Thick-knee (Dikkop)

Burhinus vermiculatus

145

Double-banded Courser

Smutsornis africanus

146

Arctic Skua

Stercorarius parasiticus

147

Cape (Kelp) Gull

Larus dominicanus

148

Grey-headed Gull

Larus cirrocephalus

149

Hartlaub's Gull

Larus hartlaubii

150

Caspian Tern

Sterna caspia

151

Swift (Greater Crested) Tern

Sterna bergii

152

Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea

153

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybridus

154

White-winged Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

155

Namaqua Sandgrouse

Pterocles namaqua

156

Feral (Rock) Pigeon

Columba livia

157

Speckled (Rock) Pigeon

Columba guinea

158

African (Rameron) Olive-Pigeon

Columba arquatrix

159

E. Bronze-naped (Delegorgue's) Pigeon

Columba delegorguei

160

Red-eyed Dove

Streptopelia semitorquata

161

Cape Turtle Dove

Streptopelia capicola

162

Laughing (Palm) Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

163

Namaqua Dove

Oena capensis

164

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Turtur chalcospilos

165

Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove

Columba larvata

166

African Green Pigeon

Treron calva

167

Cape Parrot

Poicephalus robustus

168

Brown-headed Parrot

Poicephalus cryptoxanthus

169

Knysna Turaco

Tauraco corythaix

170

Livingstone's Turaco

Tauraco livingstonii

171

Purple-crested Turaco

Musophaga porphyreolophus

172

Grey Go-away Bird

Corythaixoides concolor

173

Red-chested Cuckoo

Cuculus solitarius

174

Jacobin Cuckoo

Oxylophus jacobinus

175

African Emerald Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx cupreus

176

Diderick (Diederik) Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius

177

Burchell's Coucal

Centropus burchellii

178

African Grass-Owl

Tyto capensis

179

African Wood Owl

Strix woodfordii

180

Pearl-spotted Owl

Glaucidium perlatum

181

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Bubo africanus

182

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Caprimulgus pectoralis

183

African Black Swift

Apus barbatus

184

White-rumped Swift

Apus caffer

185

Horus Swift

Apus horus

186

Little Swift

Apus affinis

187

Alpine Swift

Tachymarptis melba

188

African Palm Swift

Cypsiurus parvus

189

Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus

190

White-backed Mousebird

Colius colius

191

Red-faced Mousebird

Urocolius indicus

192

Narina Trogon

Apaloderma narina

193

Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

194

Giant Kingfisher

Megaceryle maxima

195

Half-collared Kingfisher

Alcedo semitorquata

196

Malachite Kingfisher

Alcedo cristata

197

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Halcyon albiventris

198

Grey-Headed (Grey-hooded) Kingfisher

Halcyon leucocephala

199

Striped Kingfisher

Halcyon chelicuti

200

European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster

201

White-fronted Bee-eater

Merops bullockoides

202

Little Bee-eater

Merops pusillus

203

Lilac-breasted Roller

Coracias caudata

204

Purple Roller

Coracias naevia

205

Broad-billed Roller

Eurystomus glaucurus

206

African Hoopoe

Upupa africana

207

Green (Red-billed) Wood-Hoopoe

Phoeniculus purpureus

208

Common (Greater) Scimitarbill

Rhinopomastus cyanomelas

209

Trumpeter Hornbill

Ceratogymna bucinator

210

African Grey Hornbill

Tockus nasutus

211

Red-billed Hornbill

Tockus erythrorhynchus

212

S. Yellow-billed Hornbill

Tockus leucomelas

213

Crowned Hornbill

Tockus alboterminatus

214

Southern Ground Hornbill

Bucorvus leadbeateri

215

Black-collared Barbet

Lybius torquatus

216

Pied Barbet

Tricholaema leucomelas

217

White-eared Barbet

Stactolaema leucotis

218

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Pogoniulus chrysoconus

219

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Pogoniulus bilineatus

220

Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillantii

221

Ground Woodpecker

Geocolaptes olivaceus

222

Bennett's Woodpecker

Campethera bennettii

223

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Campethera abingoni

224

Knysna Woodpecker

Campethera notata

225

Cardinal Woodpecker

Dendropicos fuscescens

226

Bearded Woodpecker

Thripias namaquus

227

Olive Woodpecker

Mesopicos griseocephalus

228

Red-throated Wryneck

Jynx ruficollis

229

African Broadbill

Smithornis capensis

230

Rufous-naped Lark

Mirafra africana

231

Cape Clapper Lark

Mirafra apiata

232

Sabota Lark

Mirafra sabota

233

Rudd's Lark

Heteromirafra ruddi

234

Agulhas Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda brevirostris

235

Karoo Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda subcoronata

236

Spike-heeled Lark

Chersomanes albofasciata

237

Red-capped Lark

Calandrella cinerea

238

Botha's Lark

Spizocorys fringillaris

239

Large-billed (S. Thick-billed) Lark

Galerida magnirostris

240

Barn (European) Swallow

Hirundo rustica

241

White-throated Swallow

Hirundo albigularis

242

Wire-tailed Swallow

Hirundo smithii

243

Pearl-breasted Swallow

Hirundo dimidiata

244

Red-breasted Swallow

Hirundo semirufa

245

Greater Striped Swallow

Hirundo cucullata

246

Lesser Striped Swallow

Hirundo abyssinica

247

South African Cliff Swallow

Hirundo spilodera

248

Rock Martin

Hirundo fuligula

249

Brown-throated (Plain) Martin

Riparia paludicola

250

Banded Martin

Riparia cincta

251

Black Saw-wing (Swallow)

Psalidoprocne holomelas

252

Black Cuckoo-shrike

Campephaga flava

253

Grey Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina caesia

254

Fork-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus adsimilis

255

Square-tailed Drongo

Dicrurus ludwigii

256

(Eastern) Black-headed Oriole

Oriolus larvatus

257

Black (Cape) Crow

Corvus capensis

258

Pied Crow

Corvus albus

259

House Crow

Corvus splendens

260

White-necked Raven

Corvus albicollis

261

(Southern) Grey Tit

Parus afer

262

Southern Black Tit

Parus niger

263

Cape Penduline Tit

Anthoscopus minutus

264

Arrow-marked Babbler

Turdoides jardineii

265

Bush Blackcap

Lioptilus nigricapillus

266

Cape Bulbul

Pycnonotus capensis

267

African Red-eyed Bulbul

Pycnonotus nigricans

268

Dark-Capped (Black-eyed) Bulbul

Pycnonotus barbatus

269

Terrestrial Brownbul (Bulbul)

Phyllastrephus terrestris

270

Sombre Greenbul (Bulbul)

Andropadus importunus

271

Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)

Chlorocichla flaviventris

272

Orange Ground-Thrush

Zoothera gurneyi

273

Spotted Ground Thrush

Zoothera guttata

274

Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyanus

275

Olive Thrush

Turdus smithi

276

Karoo Thrush

Turdus olivaceus

277

Cape Rock Thrush

Monticola rupestris

278

Sentinel Rock Thrush

Monticola explorator

279

Cape Rockjumper

Chaetops frenatus

280

Drakensberg (Orange-br) Rockjumper

Chaetops aurantius

281

Mountain Wheatear (Chat)

Oenanthe monticola

282

Capped Wheatear

Oenanthe pileata

283

Buff-streaked Chat

Oenanthe bifasciata

284

Familiar Chat

Cercomela familiaris

285

Tractrac Chat

Cercomela tractrac

286

Sickle-winged Chat

Cercomela sinuata

287

Karoo Chat

Cercomela schlegelii

288

(Southern) Ant-eating Chat

Myrmecocichla formicivora

289

African (Common) Stonechat

Saxicola torquata

290

Chorister Robin-chat (Robin)

Cossypha dichroa

291

Red-capped (Natal) Robin-chat

Cossypha natalensis

292

Cape Robin-chat

Cossypha caffra

293

(African) White-throated Robin-Chat

Cossypha humeralis

294

Brown Scrub-Robin (Robin)

Erythropygia signata

295

(Eastern) Bearded Scrub-Robin (Robin)

Erythropygia quadrivirgata

296

White-Starred (Starred) Robin

Pogonocichla stellata

297

White-browed Scrub-robin

Erythropygia leucophrys

298

Karoo Scrub-robin

Erythropygia coryphaeus

299

Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler

Parisoma subcaeruleum

300

Layard's Tit-babbler

Parisoma layardi

301

African (Marsh) Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus baeticatus

302

(Cape Reed) Lesser Swamp-Warbler

Acrocephalus gracilirostris

303

Dark-Capped (African) Yellow Warbler

Chloropeta natalensis

304

(African Sedge) Little Rush-Warbler

Bradypterus baboecala

305

Barratt's Warbler

Bradypterus barratti

306

Knysna Warbler

Bradypterus sylvaticus

307

Victorin's Warbler

Bradypterus victorini

308

Yellow-throated Warbler

Phylloscopus ruficapilla

309

Bar-throated Apalis

Apalis thoracica

310

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Apalis flavida

311

Rudd's Apalis

Apalis ruddi

312

Long-billed Crombec

Sylvietta rufescens

313

Karoo Eremomela

Eremomela gregalis

314

Green-backed Camaroptera (Bleating Warbler)

Camaroptera brachyura

315

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler

Euryptila subcinnamomea

316

Cape Grassbird

Sphenoeacus afer

317

Fan-tailed (Zitting) Cisticola

Cisticola juncidis

318

Cloud Cisticola

Cisticola textrix

319

Pale-crowned Cisticola

Cisticola brunnescens

320

Grey-backed Cisticola

Cisticola subruficapillus

321

Rattling Cisticola

Cisticola chinianus

322

Red-faced Cisticola

Cisticola erythrops

323

Rufous-winged (Black-backed) Cisticola

Cisticola galactotes

324

Levaillant's Cisticola

Cisticola tinniens

325

Lazy Cisticola

Cisticola aberrans

326

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Prinia subflava

327

Karoo (Spotted) Prinia

Prinia maculosa

328

Drakensberg Prinia

Prinia hypoxantha

329

Namaqua Warbler

Phragmacia substriata

330

Rufous-eared Warbler

Malcorus pectoralis

331

African Dusky Flycatcher

Muscicapa adusta

332

Ashy (Blue-grey) Flycatcher

Muscicapa caerulescens

333

Southern Black Flycatcher

Melaenornis pammelaina

334

Pallid Flycatcher

Bradornis pallidus

335

Fiscal Flycatcher

Sigelus silens

336

Cape Batis

Batis capensis

337

Chinspot Batis

Batis molitor

338

Pririt Batis

Batis pririt

339

Woodwards Batis

Batis fratrum

340

Fairy Flycatcher

Stenostira scita

341

Blue-mantled Flycatcher

Trochocercus cyanomelas

342

African Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone viridis

343

African Pied Wagtail

Motacilla aguimp

344

Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis

345

African Pipit (Grassveld Pipit)

Anthus cinnamomeus

346

Plain-backed Pipit

Anthus leucophrys

347

Mountain Pipit

Anthus hoeschi

348

Yellow-breasted Pipit

Hemimacronyx chloris

349

Cape (Orange-throated) Longclaw

Macronyx capensis

350

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Macronyx croceus

351

Common Fiscal (Fiscal Shrike)

Lanius collaris

352

Southern Boubou

Laniarius ferrugineus

353

(African Longtailed) Magpie Shrike

Corvinella melanoleuca

354

Black-backed Puffback

Dryoscopus cubla

355

Brubru

Nilaus afer

356

Southern Tchagra

Tchagra tchagra

357

Brown-Crowned (Three-streaked) Tchagra

Tchagra australis

358

Black-crowned Tchagra

Tchagra senegala

359

Bokmakierie

Telophorus zeylonus

360

Gorgeous Bush-Shrike

Telophorus quadricolor

361

Orange-breasted Bush Shrike

Telophorus sulfureopectus

362

Common (European) Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

363

Common (Indian) Myna

Acridotheres tristis

364

(African) Pied Starling

Spreo bicolor

365

Violet-Backed (Plum-coloured) Starling

Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

366

Cape Glossy Starling

Lamprotornis nitens

367

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Lamprotornis chalybaeus

368

Black-bellied Starling

Lamprotornis corruscus

369

Burchells Starling

Lamprotornis australis

370

Meve's (Long-tailed) Starling

Lamprotornis mevesi

371

Red-winged Starling

Onychognathus morio

372

Pale-winged Starling

Onychognathus nabouroup

373

Red-billed Oxpecker

Buphagus erythrorhynchus

374

Cape Sugarbird

Promerops cafer

375

Gurney's Sugarbird

Promerops gurneyi

376

Malachite Sunbird

Nectarinia famosa

377

Orange-breasted Sunbird

Nectarinia violacea

378

Marico Sunbird

Nectarinia mariquensis

379

Purple-banded Sunbird

Nectarinia bifasciata

380

Neergaard's Sunbird

Nectarinia neergaardi

381

S. (Lesser) Double-collared Sunbird

Nectarinia chalybea

382

Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Nectarinia afra

383

White-bellied Sunbird

Nectarinia talatala

384

Dusky Sunbird

Nectarinia fusca

385

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Nectarinia senegalensis

386

Amethyst (African Black) Sunbird

Nectarinia amethystina

387

Grey Sunbird

Nectarinia veroxii

388

Eastern Olive Sunbird

Nectarinia olivacea

389

Collared Sunbird

Anthreptes collaris

390

Cape White-eye

Zosterops capensis

391

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

392

Cape Sparrow

Passer melanurus

393

S. Grey-headed Sparrow

Passer diffusus

394

(African) Yellow-throated Petronia (Sparrow)

Petronia superciliaris

395

Thick-billed Weaver

Amblyospiza albifrons

396

Dark-backed (Forest) Weaver

Ploceus bicolor

397

Village (Spotted-backed)  Weaver

Ploceus cucullatus

398

Cape Weaver

Ploceus capensis

399

Southern Masked Weaver

Ploceus velatus

400

Lesser Masked Weaver

Ploceus intermedius

401

African Yellow Weaver

Ploceus subaureus

402

Southern Brown-throated Weaver

Ploceus xanthopterus

403

Red-headed Weaver

Anaplectes rubriceps

404

Red-billed Quelea

Quelea quelea

405

Red Bishop

Euplectes orix

406

Yellow Bishop (Yellow-Rumped Widow)

Euplectes capensis

407

Fan-Tailed Widowbird (Red-shouldered Widow)

Euplectes axillaris

408

White-winged Widowbird (Widow)

Euplectes albonotatus

409

Red-collared Widow (Widow)

Euplectes ardens

410

Long-tailed Widowbird (Widow)

Euplectes progne

411

Green-winged Pytilia (Melba Finch)

Pytilia melba

412

Pink-throated Twinspot

Hypargos margaritatus

413

Blue Waxbill

Uraeginthus angolensis

414

Common Waxbill

Estrilda astrild

415

Grey Waxbill

Estrilda perreini

416

Swee Waxbill

Estrilda melanotis

417

Orange-breasted Waxbill

Sporaeginthus subflavus

418

Bronze Mannikin

Spermestes cucullatus

419

Red-backed Mannikin

Spermestes bicolor

420

Pin-tailed Whydah

Vidua macroura

421

Yellow-fronted (Yellow-eyed) Canary

Serinus mozambicus

422

Cape Canary

Serinus canicollis

423

Forest Canary

Serinus scotops

424

Cape Siskin

Pseudochloroptila totta

425

Drakensberg Siskin

Pseudochloroptila symonsi

426

Black-headed Canary

Serinus alario

427

Brimstone (Bully) Canary

Serinus sulphuratus

428

Yellow Canary

Serinus flaviventris

429

White-throated Canary

Serinus albogularis

430

Streaky-Headed Seed-Eater (Canary)

Serinus gularis

431

Golden-breasted Bunting

Emberiza flaviventris

432

Cape Bunting

Emberiza capensis

433

Lark-like Bunting

Emberiza impetuani

 

 

Mammal List

1

Chacma Baboon

Papio ursinus

2

Vervet Monkey

Cercopithecus aethiops

3

Samango Monkey

Cercopithecus mitis

4

Cape Hare

Lepus capensis

5

Scrub Hare

Lepus saxatilis

6

Tree Squirrel

Paraxerus cepapi

7

Peters' Epauletted Fruit Bat

Epomophorus crypturus

8

Striped Mouse

Rhabdomys pumilio

9

Sloggett's Rat

Myotomys sloggetti

10

Blackbacked Jackal

Canis mesomelas

11

Banded Mongoose

Mungos mungo

12

Small Grey Mongoose

Galerella pulverulenta

13

Slender Mongoose

Galerella sanguinea

14

Dwarf Mongoose

Helogale parvula

15

Yellow Mongoose

Cynictis penicillata

16

White-tailed Mongoose

Ichneumia albicauda

17

Suricate

Suricata suricatta

18

Lion

Panthera leo

19

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

20

Rock Dassie

Procavia capensis

21

Cape Mountain Zebra

Equus zebra

22

Burchell's Zebra

Equus burchellii

23

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

24

Warthog

Phacochoerus aethiopicus

25

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus amphibius

26

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

27

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

28

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

29

Kudu

Tragelaphus strepsiceros

30

Nyala

Tragelaphus angasii

31

Bushbuck

Tragelaphus scriptus

32

Gemsbok

Oryx gazella

33

Waterbuck

Kobus ellipsiprymnus

34

Reedbuck

Redunca arundinum

35

Mountain Reedbuck

Redunca fulvorufula

36

Grey Rhebok

Pelea capreolus

37

Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus

38

Red Haartebeest

Alcelaphus buselaphus

39

Bontebok

Damaliscus dorcas

40

Blesbok

Damaliscus phillipsi

41

Impala

Aepyceros melampus

42

Springbok

Antidorcas marsupialis

43

Klipspringer

Oreotragus oreotragus

44

Steenbok

Raphicerus campestris

45

Oribi

Ourebia ourebi

46

Suni

Neotragus moschatus

47

Cape Grysbok

Raphicerus melanotis

48

Red Duiker

Cephalophus natalensis

49

Common Duiker

Sylvicapra grimmia

50

Cape Fur Seal

Arctocephalus pusillus