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Trip Report



Blacksmith Plover, Kruger NP,-South AFrica

Trip Report for
Venture to South Africa:
December 22, 2012 – January 10, 2013



Given the many great birding places around Cape Town and only fours days of birding we choose to concentrate on Kirstenbosch, Boulders Beach and Cape Point, locations surrounding False Bay, the Karoo in and around Karoopoort, and West Coast National Park. Starting with Kirstenbosch we had several Cape Sugarbirds, a Black Saw-wing, and several Cape Francolins among many other species. At Boulders Beach we got the African Penguins, 3 cormorant species, the obligatory Kelp Gulls and several distant Cape Gannets. Cape Point was disappointing but we did get a pair of Mute Swans flying toward Antarctica and several Ostriches on a beach. The next day we left for False Bay locations and started with the Strandfontein Sewage Works. Highlights had to be the miscellany of herons and egrets, a selection of ducks including several pairs of Cape Teal, a Levaillant’s Cisticola and singing Cape Reed-Warbler. We then had lunch at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and got Yellow and Red Bishops, a beautiful Orange-breasted Sunbird, more Cape Sugarbirds, Cape Rock-Thrush and Familiar Chat. A walk at nearby Rooi Els got us two Cape Rockjumpers, Cape Bunting, Cape Siskin and Cape Grassbird.

Giraffes, Kruger NP, South AfricaWe also saw an empty Black Eagle nest and were told a tall-tale about Leopards in the area by a local lad. The next day saw us driving to the Karoo for a short foray. We got several African Pied Starling en route, and Whiskered and White-winged Terns, and an African fish-Eagle at a roadside lake. At Karoopoort we got Namaqua Warbler, Horus Swift, great looks at a Fairy Warbler, a scope view of a Karoo Scrub-Robin and Bokmakierie, and heard two Cinnamon-breasted Warblers. Driving to the Val du Charron Estate for Christmas dinner we got White Stork and Blue Crane (National bird of South Africa). At West Coast National Park, home to one of the greatest concentrations of shorebirds in South Africa and a must visit to see a whole range of wintering shorebirds, we got Kittlitz and Three-banded Plovers, Whimbrel and Curlew Sandpiper. We also got Rufous-vented Warbler (Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler), Antarctic and Damara Terns, Large-billed and Karoo Larks, and a showy male Southern Black Korhaan.

Cape Sugarbird, Cape Town, South Africa

After a short flight from Cape Town we arrived in Durban which was hot and humid and a little wet at times.  We than had to drive north towards Creighton- our base for the next few nights. The scenery was beautiful as the road snaked its way through Kwa Zulu Natal. Near Pietermaritzburg and close to Creighton we took the wrong turning but ended up seeing some great birds such as Pin-tailed Whydah, Fan-tailed and Red-collared Widowbirds, and Dark-capped Yellow Warbler. After organizing ourselves at the Smithfield Guest house we went for our first walk with Malcolm of Button Birding and saw among others a Broad-tailed Warbler and four orange-breasted Waxbills. For December 28th we stayed close to Creighton and explored the local area. We had some great birding as we saw all the possible Widowbirds, Denham’s Bustard, several Cisticola s, a Black-bellied Bustard and several Black-winged Lapwing. In the afternoon we got great views of several of the endangered elegant Blue Swallows. The next day we drove to Ntsekeni Nature Reserve and on route we got less than stellar views of two Cape Parrots and but a spectacular Emerald Cuckoo. At Ntsekeni we got Yellow-breasted Pipit, Wattled Crane, African Black and Horus Swifts, Cape Griffon vultures and a Secretary Bird among others. December 30th found us venturing up the Sani Pass. At Himeville, at a small lake, we got Little Rush Warbler, Africa Rail and African Reed Warbler. Entering the pass we got a Eurasian Honey-Buzzard, a lifer for Malcolm *and an excellent bird for South Africa), several Gurney’s Sugarbird, two Ground Woodpeckers and a White-fronted Bee-eater. Up the pass we got great views of Drakensburg Rockjumper, Barrett’s Warbler and two Bearded Vultures. In Lesotho we got a Black Stork, Layard’s Tit-babbler and another Fairy Flycatcher.
Ground Woodpeckers, Sani Pass, South Africa

The next day, December 31 was pretty uneventful except we drove on our way to St. Lucia through one of the worst thunderstorms we’ve ever experienced. The next day was great – we got several Hornbill sp., Gorgeous Bushshrike, Square-tailed Drongo, Crested Guineafowl, Rudd’s Apalis, and Livingstone’s Turaco all on the Igwalagwala Trail. On the river we saw both hippos and crocs and a Pink-backed Pelican, and Little, Caspian, Lesser-crested and Common Terns. Early January 2 found us doing an obligatory sewage pond visit where we got Thick-knees and peeps. At the beach we also got Purple-crested Turaco and Palm-nut Vulture. At Cape Vidal we also got Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Crowned Hawk-Eagle and Fasciated Snake-Eagle and Woodward’s Batis. Mark also released a beautiful Rufous-breasted Swallow that was caught up in some Ostrich feathers.

Long-tailed Widowbird, KZN, South Africa

Arriving late at Rhino River Lodge entrance road we got European Bee-eaters, many Red-billed Quelea, and Gray-rumped and Rufous-breasted Swallows. The next day, an early drive around Rhino River got us Bearded Scrub-Robin, White-bellied Sunbird and Pink-throated Twinspot. Then it was off to Mkhuze for the late morning and afternoon birding where we got amongst others Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Red-billed Oxpecker, Goliath Heron, Comb Duck, Open-billed Stork and Golden-tailed Woodpecker.
The next day we left for Wakkerstrom to search for endemic larks. Close to Wakkerstrom we left the main paved highway and ventured out on to dirt roads. We were rewarded with our first South African Cliff Swallows and White-bellied Bustard. The next day, after an eventful night, where Mark and Terry had to find alternative accommodation in Wakkerstrom, we met Norman, our local guide for the day.  With Norman leading the way out into the high veldt we got Yellow-crowned Bishops, Blue Korhaan, Pale-crowned Cistacola, Eastern long-billed, Botha’s, Pink-billed and Rudd’s Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Cuckoo Finch. A great day indeed. From Wakkerstrom we turned north and drove to Krueger NP. Along the way we got Greater Flamingo.


In the late afternoon before a spectacular sun-set at our lodge next to the Male lane  Krueger gate, we got Kurricane Thrush, Arrow-marked Babbler, African Cuckoo and Grosbeak Weaver. The next day we entered Krueger for the first time and did a southern route to Crocodile Gate before returning to Linos Lodge. Among the many birds we got included Gabar Goshawk, Magpie Shrikes, Saddle-billed Stork, Booted, Wahlberg’s, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Grey and Red-billed Hornbills, 10 White Rhinos and 10 Elephants. The next day saw us enter through the Malelane gate and drive to the Orphan park exit and then drive to Phalaborwa. In the park we got Groundscraper Thrush, Malachite, Pied, Woodlands and Brown-hooded Kingfishers, five amazing Southern Ground-Hornbills, 2 Lions, in excess of 70 Elephants and 3 Rhino, a Village Indigobird, Red-necked, Natal, Crested and Swainson's Francolins, Red-crested Korhaan, a huge Lappet-faced Vulture, and lots of eagles. The next day, January 9th saw us again in Krueger. But at breakfast in the excellent Sunbird Lodge in Phalaborwa we got excellent views of two Little Sparrowhawks and Cutthroat-finches. Once in the park, our first stop yielded dozens of elephants, an African Fish-Eagle and ten or more Marabou Storks. In the afternoon at a rest stop we got Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Purple-breasted Sunbird and Klaus’s Cuckoo among many other sp. In the evening we did a night drive and braai and got Dusky Lark, Square-tailed Nightjar, Bronze-winged Courser, four Spotted Eagle Owls and a Common Buttonquail.
Lions, Kruger NP


The next day we left for Johannesburg and return flights to the US. But on the way we tried for Taita Falcon and dipped out but got a flock of Abdim's Storks instead. All told it was a great trip with 429 trip bird species, 30 odd rhino seen and upwards of 300 elephant observed. I think the highlight of the trip was the Southern Ground-Hornbills walking down a road in Krueger – they looked like a bunch of old men off to church.




Mark Welford



Birds seen on our Venture to South Africa:
December 22, 2012 – January 10, 2013



Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Jackass Penguin (Spheniscus demersus)
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens)
Cape Gannet (Morus capensis)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis)
Long-tailed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus)
Crowned Cormorant (Microcarbo coronatus)
Darter (Anhinga rufa)
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Great Egret(Ardea alba melanorhynchos)
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus)
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Abdim’s Stork (Ciconia abdimii)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus)
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna cana)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
African Black Duck (Anas sparsa)
Cape Teal (Anas capensis)
Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata)
Red-billed Duck (Anas erythrorhyncha)
Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota)
Cape Shoveler (Anas smithii)
Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma)
European Honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis)
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Cape Griffon (Gyps coprotheres)
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos)
Brown Snake-Eagle (Circaetus cinereus)
Fasciated Snake-Eagle (Circaetus fasciolatus)
Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
African Marsh-Harrier (Circus ranivorus)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus)
Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)
Pale Chanting-Goshawk (Melierax canorus)
Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar)
African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro)
Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus)
Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina)
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
Wahlberg’s Eagle (Aquila wahlbergi)
Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)
Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis)
Crowned Hawk-Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)
Secretary-bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis)
Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Crested Francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena)
Red-winged Francolin (Scleroptila levaillantii)
Gray-winged Francolin (Scleroptila africanus)
Shelley’s Francolin (Scleroptila shelleyi)
Cape Francolin (Pternistis capensis)
Natal Francolin (Pternistis natalensis)
Red-necked Francolin (Pternistis afer)
Swainson’s Francolin (Pternistis swainsonii)
Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani)
Small Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus)
Black-rumped Buttonquail (Turnix hottentottus)
Gray Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)
Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus)
African Rail (Rallus caerulescens)
Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostra)
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)
Stanley Bustard (Neotis denhami)
White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis)
Blue Bustard (Eupodotis caerulescens)
Red-crested Bustard (Lophotis ruficrista)
Black Bustard (Afrotis afra)
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
African Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus)
Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis)
Bronze-winged Courser (Rhinoptilus chalcopterus)
Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus)
White-headed Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps)
Black-winged Lapwing (Vanellus melanopterus)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)
Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)
American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Kittlitz’s Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)
Three-banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris)
White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus)
African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Gray-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)

Hartlaub’s Gull (Chroicocephalus hartlaubii)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis)
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Damara Tern (Sternula balaenarum)
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea)
Rameron Pigeon (Columba arquatrix)
Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)
Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove (Turtur chalcospilos)
Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)
African Green-Pigeon (Treron calvus)
Cape Parrot(Poicephalus robustus)
Brown-necked Parrot(Poicephalus robustus)
Livingstone’s Turaco (Tauraco livingstonii)
Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix)
Purple-crested Turaco (Tauraco porphyreolophus)
Gray Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor)
Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus)
Levaillant’s Cuckoo(Clamator levaillantii)
Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius)
Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus)
African Cuckoo (Cuculus gularis)
Klaas’s Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)
African Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus)
Dideric Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius)
Burchell’s Coucal(Centropus burchelli)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
African Scops-Owl (Otus senegalensis)
Southern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis granti)
Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus)
Rufous-cheeked Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena)
Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis)
Square-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus fossii)
African Palm-Swift (Cypsiurus parvus)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Common Swift (Apus apus)
African Swift (Apus barbatus)
Little Swift (Apus affinis)
Horus Swift (Apus horus)
White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer)
Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)
White-backed Mousebird (Colius colius)
Red-faced Mousebird (Urocolius indicus)
Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
African Pygmy-Kingfisher (Ispidina picta)
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)
Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris)
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti)
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides)
European Roller (Coracias garrulus)
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
Rufous-crowned Roller (Coracias naevius)
Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus)
African Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Green Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)
Common Scimitar-bill (Rhinopomastus cyanomelas)
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris)

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus)

African Gray Hornbill (Tockus nasutus)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)
Southern Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
White-eared Barbet (Stactolaema leucotis)
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus bilineatus)
Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus)
Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii)
Lesser Honeyguide (Indicator minor)
Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis)
Golden-tailed Woodpecker (Campethera abingoni)
Ground Woodpecker (Geocolaptes olivaceus)
Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens)
Bearded Woodpecker (Dendropicos namaquus)
Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana)
Sabota Lark (Mirafra sabota)
Dusky Lark (Pinarocorys nigricans)
Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra ruddi)
Eastern Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda semitorquata)
Karoo Lark (Certhilauda albescens)
Spike-heeled Lark (Chersomanes albofasciata)
Gray-backed Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix verticalis)
Red-capped Lark (Calandrella cinerea)
Botha’s Lark (Spizocorys fringillaris)
Large-billed Lark (Galerida magnirostris)
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
Brown-throated Martin (Riparia paludicola)
Banded Martin (Riparia cincta)
Gray-rumped Swallow (Pseudhirundo griseopyga)
Rock Martin (Ptyonoprogne fuligula
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea)
Pearl-breasted Swallow (Hirundo dimidiata)
Greater Striped-Swallow (Cecropis cucullata)
Lesser Striped-Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
Rufous-chested Swallow (Cecropis semirufa)
South African Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon spilodera)
House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
Black Sawwing (Psalidoprocne pristoptera)
African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)
Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis)
Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara)
Yellow-throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus)
Orange-throated Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)
Yellow-breasted Pipit (Anthus chloris)
Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi)
African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus)
Gray Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caesia)
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus)
Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis)
Sombre Greenbul (Andropadus importunus)
Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris)
Yellow-streaked Bulbul (Phyllastrephus flavostriatus)
Eastern Nicator (Nicator gularis)
Cape Rock-Thrush (Monticola rupestris)
Sentinel Rock-Thrush (Monticola explorator)
Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa
Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus)
Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyana)
Red-faced Cisticola (Cisticola erythrops)
Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana)
Red-headed Cisticola (Cisticola subruficapilla)
Wailing Cisticola (Cisticola lais)
Tinkling Cisticola (Cisticola rufilatus)
Croaking Cisticola (Cisticola natalensis)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Cloud Cisticola (Cisticola textrix)
Pale-crowned Cisticola (Cisticola cinnemoneus)
Wing-snapping Cisticola (Cisticola ayresii)
Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava)
Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa)
Drakensburg Prinia (Prinia hypoxantha)
Namaqua Prinia (Phragmacia substriata)
Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica)
Yellow-breasted Apalis (Apalis flavida)
Rudd’s Apalis (Apalis ruddi)
Green-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura)
Little Rush Warbler (Bradypterus baboecala)
African Scrub-Warbler (Bradypterus barratti)
Cape Grassbird (Sphenoeacus afer)
African Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus baeticatus)
Lesser Swamp-Warbler (Acrocephalus gracilirostris)
African Yellow Warbler (Iduna natalensis)
Cape Crombec (Sylvietta rufescens)
Yellow-throated Wood-Warbler (Phylloscopus ruficapilla)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Fan-tailed Grassbird (Schoenicola brevirostris)
Layard’s Warbler (Sylvia layardi)
Rufous-vented Warbler (Sylvia subcaerulea
Pale Flycatcher (Bradornis pallidus)
Southern Black-Flycatcher (Melaenornis pammelaina
Fiscal Flycatcher (Sigelus silens)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
African Dusky Flycatcher (Muscicapa adusta)
Fairy Flycatcher (Stenostira scita)
Cape Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra)
White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini)
Red-capped Robin-Chat (Cossypha natalensis)
Chorister Robin-Chat (Cossypha dichroa)
Bearded Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata)
Brown Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas signata)
Red-backed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas leucophrys)
Karoo Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas coryphaeus)
African Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)
Buff-streaked Bushchat (Campicoloides bifasciatus)
Mountain Wheatear (Oenanthe monticola)
Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata)
Sicklewing Chat (Cercomela sinuata)
Tractrac Chat (Cercomela tractrac)
Familiar Chat (Cercomela familiaris)
Southern Anteater-Chat (Myrmecocichla formicivora)
Mocking Cliff-Chat (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris)
Cape Batis (Batis capensis)
Woodward’s Batis (Batis fratrum)
Chinspot Batis (Batis molitor)
African Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis)
Cape Rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus)
Orange-breasted Rockjumper (Chaetops aurantius)
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii)
Bush Blackcap (Lioptilus nigricapillus)
Southern Black-Tit (Parus niger)
Gray Tit (Parus afer)
Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris)
Orange-breasted Sunbird (Anthobaphes violacea)
Eastern Olive-Sunbird (Cyanomitra olivacea)
Mouse-colored Sunbird (Cyanomitra veroxii)
Amethyst Sunbird (Chalcomitra amethystina)
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)
Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa)
Southern Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus)
Greater Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris afer)
Mariqua Sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis)
Purple-banded Sunbird (Cinnyris bifasciatus
White-breasted Sunbird (Cinnyris talatala)
Cape White-eye (Zosterops pallidus)
Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops gurneyi)
Cape Sugarbird (Promerops cafer)
African Golden Oriole (Oriolus auratus)
African Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus)
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
Lesser Gray Shrike (Lanius minor)
Southern Fiscal (Lanius collaris)
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)
Southern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus anguitimens)
Brubru (Nilaus afer)
Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegala)
Southern Tchagra (Tchagra tchagra)
Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)
Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus)
Olive Bushshrike (Telophorus olivaceus)
Four-colored Bushshrike (Telophorus viridis)
Gray-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)
Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii)
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)
Cape Crow (Corvus capensis)
Pied Crow (Corvus albus)
White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea)
Cape Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Burchell’s Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis australis)
Black-bellied Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis corruscus)
Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster)
African Pied Starling (Lamprotornis bicolor)
Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio)
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)
Southern Gray-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus)
Yellow-throated Petronia (Petronia superciliaris)
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver(Bubalornis niger)
Lesser Masked-Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)
Spectacled Weaver (Ploceus ocularis)
Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis)
African Golden-Weaver (Ploceus xanthops)
Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus)
Southern Masked-Weaver (Ploceus velatus)
Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus)
Forest Weaver (Ploceus bicolor)
Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps)
Red-headed Quelea (Quelea erythrops)
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)
Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer)
Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)
Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis)
Fan-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes axillaris)
White-winged Widowbird (Euplectes albonotatus)
Red-collared Widowbird (Euplectes ardens)
Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne)
Grosbeak Weaver(Amblyospiza albifrons)
Green-winged Pytilia (Pytilia melba)
Pink-throated Twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus)
Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
African Firefinch (Lagonosticta rubricata)
African Quailfinch (Ortygospiza fuscocrissa)
Blue-breasted Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus angolensis)
Black-tailed Waxbill (Estrilda perreini)
Swee Waxbill (Coccopygia melanotis)
Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)
Zebra Waxbill (Amandava subflava)
Bronze Mannikin  (Lonchura cucullata)
Cut-throat (Amadina fasciata)
Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata)
Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)
Eastern Paradise-Whydah (Vidua paradisaea)
Parasitic Weaver (Anomalospiza imberbis)
Cape Canary (Serinus canicollis)
Forest Canary (Serinus scotops)
Black-throated Canary (Serinus atrogularis)
Yellow-fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus)
Yellow Canary(Serinus flaviventris)
Brimstone Canary (Serinus sulphuratus)
Streaky-headed Seedeater (Serinus gularis)
Drakensberg Siskin (Serinus symonsi)
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi)
Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis)

Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)


Reptiles and Amphibians



Drakensberg Crag Lizard
Nile Crocodile
Monitor Lizard
Rock Agama
Skink sp
Chameleon sp

Leopard Tortoise

Marsh or Helmeted Terrapin

Bell's Hinged Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise

Parrot-beaked Tortoise

Angulate Tortoise

Rock Lizard

Nile Crocodile

Snake sp

Freshwater Turtle sp

Graceful Crag Lizard


Chacma Baboon
Black-faced Vervet
Scrub Hare
Cape Hare
Tree Squirrel
Cape Elephant-shrew
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-backed Jackal
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Cat
Cape Fur-Seal
African Elephant
Rock Hyrax
Common Zebra
White Rhinoceros
Common Giraffe

African Buffalo
Greater Kudu
Common Reedbuck
Grey Rhebuck
Black Wildebeest
Bridled Wildebeest
Red Hartebeest
Common Duiker

Common Waterbuck