Autumn Adventure: Autumn Birding

Whenever we’re out exploring South Africa’s wild places, bird-watching is one of the pastimes we most enjoy. In this regard we rate the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park very highly, as both these reserves have a wonderful combination of bird species on offer, several of which are unique to the area in a South African context. During our visit in March, we managed to identify 105 different species at uMkhuze Game Reserve and 89 species on the Eastern Shores of Lake St. Lucia (both part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park) and 104 species in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. These photographs feature just a few of them.

24 thoughts on “Autumn Adventure: Autumn Birding

  1. wetanddustyroads

    Goeiste, julle het BAIE voels identifiseer! En wow, soveel mooies … van die valletjes tot die mooi kleurvolles. En dan het jy nog vir elkeen ‘n naam ook 😉 – baie dankie, ek het die foto’s baie geniet!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Dis geheel en al ons plesier, Ineke, en dankie dat jy deur hulle almal gekyk het! Soos ek vir Anne ook gese het, al is elke individuele soort ook hoe mooi is dit juis die verskeidenheid en gekombineerde getalle wat daar te siene is wat uitstaan!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you very much, Anne. It really is difficult, impossible even, to cut even one of these beautiful birds from the gallery because, while individually they’re all splendid it is in their diversity and sheer collective numbers that they truly shine together.

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  2. sustainabilitea

    The waxbill and the bee eater are great…but so are all the others. There are just so many beautiful and interesting ones! You both take excellent photos and what an amazing amount of birds from which to choose!!

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  3. H.J. for avian101

    Wow! What a great collection of extraordinary birds. I’m proud of you two. Father and son. have shot excellent photos. Thank you! 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you very much, Kathy!
      The bee-eaters are very special birds indeed. So beautifully coloured and so streamlined!
      It would be very hard to pick a favourite for there were so many wonderful encounters. The Pink-throated Twinspot is a rarity here and this is by far the best view we’ve ever had of one. The nightjars on the road sitting so perfectly for their photographs. The saddle-billed Stork on top of its tree at sunrise. Vultures soaring on the thermals. The little Cisticola with the massive tick on its head. An immature White-crowned Helmetshrike loadly begging food from its parents. In the end I’ll probably be listing all of the photos included here, so I should rather stop! 🙂

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