Surprise osprey at Shingwedzi

We were most excited to find an osprey, a rather uncommon bird in South Africa, fishing at a pool in the Shingwedzi River, just a few kilometers north of Dipene along the S50-route, during our recent visit to the Kruger National Park.


It was just one of almost 200 bird species we identified on the ten day trip, and we’ll be telling you all about our visit and sharing many of the special wildlife encounters we enjoyed in the days and weeks ahead here at de Wets Wild!


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26 thoughts on “Surprise osprey at Shingwedzi

  1. Midwestern Plant Girl

    That is pretty cool! I did not know ospreys were on other continents. They are a rare sight near my home, however plentiful in the southern regions of North America.


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I also think it is pretty cool that some birds occur naturally all over the globe – barn owls is another example I can think of now. Does the midwest not have enough large bodies of water to sustain a larger population, or do you think there’s another reason why they’re rare in your part of N America?

      Merry Christmas!

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      1. Midwestern Plant Girl

        I think it’s because many of the rivers and lakes freeze, preventing them from feeding? I will have to check into that.
        Merry Christmas!


      1. Christina B

        I’ve seen them at all different times so we’re definitely lucky. Always around the coast nesting or feeding. I was lucky enough to get some good shots a couple of years ago of one feeding and then joining its mate up in the tree on Rottnest Island (about as far from Perth as Robben Island is from Cape Town). Merry Christmas to you too!



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