Birding Routes

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Cape Bulbul_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.
A light mist rose above the chilly waters of the Breede River, as the sun lay low over the horizon, casting everything in a ghostly yellow-white glow. In the distance the harsh calls of a Giant Kingfisher carried across the still airwaves and even further away, cries of African Fish Eagles heralded in the new day. ...
White-bellied Sunbird_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer
There is something extremely special about waking up in the heart of the Zululand bushveld just before the dawn! It is the sounds of stirring life that make this experience so memorable and as I lazed in my comfortable bed, with windows wide open, my sleep was positively disturbed by the beautifully liquid calls of a pair of White-Browed...
Knysna Turaco_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.jpg
World renowned for its rugged coastline and the Otter Trail, the Storms River section of the Garden Route National Park is also a prime bird-watching spot in the Eastern Cape. Mountain fynbos, coastal forest and a rocky coastline provide a diverse habitat for a large variety of birdlife including Chorister Robin-Chat and Knysna Turaco. For the lucky, Cape Clawless...
Crested Barbet_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer.jpg
Zimanga Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of the Zululand bushveld and is close to the town of Mkuze. It is a bird watchers paradise that has three carefully designed photographic hides that allows the photographer to be at eye-level with the birds as they come down to drink and bathe. Excellent game viewing is also possible with...
Swee Waxbill_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotography.jpg
If the Cape Floristic Kingdom can be related to a human body, then without a doubt, the Kogelberg Biosphere is the heart. It is considered by many to be the core of the fynbos with an incredibly high diversity of species being found across its area.
Cape Sugarbird_©peter chadwick_African Conservation Photography
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, lying at the base of the Table Mountain chain and within the suburbs of Cape Town is world-renowned for its floral displays of the fynbos of the Cape Floristic Kingdom. This incredible diversity of plant life, in turn attracts the best of the Western Cape birds, including many of the highly sought after endemics and makes...
Juvenile Black-Winged Stilt by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The several thousand strong flock of Swift, Sandwich and Common Terns wheeled and spun in unison as though part of a single-being before dropping in small groups to land on the pure white beaches. After some initial shuffling and preening, the birds all turned to face into the wind with many tucking their heads into the feathers on their...
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...
Pale Batis by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Imagine being able to have the chance to add Eurasian Bittern, Malagasy Pond-Heron, Allen’s Gallinule, Olive-Headed Weaver, Southern Hyliota and as an added bonus the Green Tinkerbird to your life lists all while exploring amazing countryside within a diversity of habitats. 
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...
striped kingfisher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Undertaking a birding trip through Mpumalanga, I travelled from the bustle of Joburg through to Dullstroom and onto Lydenberg and finally ending Nelspruit and with the aim of experiencing the diversity of habitats and species that this area has to offer.
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Near the town of Malelane, I turned off the main road to pass through sugarcane fields where Orange-Breasted Waxbills fed alongside Long-Tailed Paradise Whydahs and Pin-Tailed Whydahs. Reaching the security access, I overlooked a large dam where a pair of African Fish Eagles circled high overhead and Yellow-Billed Egrets hunted around its edges. Kittlitz and Three-Banded Plovers scurried around...
Bearded Scrub Robin by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The soft grumble increased in crescendo and then erupted into a full throated growling roar and seconds later the lioness charged, braking just a few meters from us, before turning and walking off with her tail flicking in displeasure and soon disappearing into the thick dry grass. This was the culmination of two days spent with Steve Baillie at...
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.
Adult black-browed Albatros by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The small group of people, clad in weather proof clothing, stood huddled around in the darkness, listening to John Graham expertly give his briefing about what we could expect on the trip that lay ahead of us. My mind was running in fast-forward, keen to get onto the boat and head out to sea on this chilly early morning....
Rufous Eared Warbler by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
The old timers used to say that when the swallows begin to flock and swoop low over the ground, then “the rain she is a coming! “Well, it seems that there must be some truth in this saying, as within fifteen minutes of me watching a large flock of Barn Swallows, Greater-Striped Swallows, Black Swifts and White-Rumped Swifts swooping...
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...
Knysna Woodpecker by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
As the first faint rays of light, over a distant horizon heralded the dawn of a new day, the rush hour began with a cacophony of sound and frenetic activity. The night shift of penetrating calls of Fiery-necked Nightjars and their “Good Lord Deliver us” praises and the screeches of the resident Barn Owls gave way to Bokmakerie and...
chestnut_vented_tit_babbler by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
To me Lamberts Bay is the epitome of the west coast where the cold nutrient rich waters of the Atlantic drive the daily life-cycles in this partially arid yet bio-diverse landscape. Take this together with the numerous small interspaced coastal towns, each with its own endless character and you have the makings of a really great birding adventure. ...
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