Zululand Birding

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Zululand Birding
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...
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Zululand Birding
Above me White-backed Vultures circled high in the sky, riding the hidden thermals that the vast body of water below them created. An Amur Falcon flock flew across the skyline hunting insects that were eaten on the wing and a Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill pecked at ants attracted to a fresh pile of elephant dung and nearby a warthog wallowed...
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Zululand Birding
I last visited the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia and Cape Vidal to study Humpback Whales in the early 1990’s. The road to Cape Vidal was rutted dirt, lined with pine plantations where encounters with heavy trucks made the trip even more hazardously interesting. The work itself though, was brilliant, with glorious days sitting on the high coastal...
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Zululand Birding
I turned off the N2, passing through the town of Mtunzini and drove to Umlalazi Nature Reserve on a last minute whim, but the rewards were well worth it! As I lay in my tent, below the massive deciduous tree, whose leafy branches split up the clear starry sky, I listened to a pair of calling African Wood Owls...
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Zululand Birding
With over 400 recorded bird species, Ndumo Game Reserve is without a doubt one of the countries top birding destinations and always features highly in the annual BirdLife South Africa Big Birding Days. The reserve may well be situated in the far northern corner of Zululand, several hours from Durban, but is definitely worth the effort to get to,...
red capped robin chat by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Zululand Birding
Zululand in northern KwaZulu Natal is well known for its extensive game reserves covered with teaming wildlife, but en-route to these large wild areas lie a suite of smaller reserves that are at least equally but often more exciting in the small creatures and birds that can be viewed within their boundaries. These small reserves, in many cases, have...
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Zululand Birding
Seldom these days do I get the opportunity to go in search of a new species of bird and so when I was offered the opportunity to do so in one of my favorite parts of the country, I jumped at the opportunity and was soon winging my way eastwards from Cape Town to Durban from where I drove...
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Zululand Birding
Lush waist-high green- grassed hillsides dotted with acacia trees and shrubs greeted me on my arrival at the Zululand Rhino Reserve and it was hard for me to believe that this had once been a heavily grazed cattle ranching area. The reserve was obviously extremely well managed given the quality of the veld and the healthy glistening herds of...
White-eared barbets by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Zululand Birding
A pair of Lilac-Breasted Rollers caught my attention as they called raucosly and cavorted through the sky chasing a neibouring pair that had ventured too close to their nesting territory. Blue Wildebeest, Nyala and Impala herds that were covered in Red-Billed Oxpeckers grazed on the lush grasslands and Yellow-Throated Longclaws gorged themselves on fat catepillars snatched up from their...
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Zululand Birding
Nestled in the Zululand bushveld just a short distance away from the town of Hluhluwe, lies Bonamanzi Game Reserve, which is well known for its excellent birding. I had checked into the reserve a short while earlier and was now relaxing in a comfortable lounge chair and overlooking a picturesque pan. The pan narrowed in front of my lodge...
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