SOUTH AFRICA ALBUM

November 2016

 

Cape Sugarbird

These photos were taken during our 2016 tour by Phil Palmer

 

This Spotted Eagle Owl lived by our hotel in Simons town

 

a Grey Mongoose letting us know what he thought of tourists

 

White-throated Swallow

African Penguins on Boulders Beach, just across the road from our hotel

 

A visit to a Cape Gannet colony was a treat, allowing us amazing views

Cape Cormorants brave the waves

 

Blacksmiths Plover with extra legs soon reveal secrets

Blue Crane - we saw several pairs with chicks

 

just out of reach!

Bookend Rhinos in Kruger

 

Oxpeckers are regularly found on the animals here

 

 

Hello Hello, what's going on ear - what's that echo

 

at the end of the day when we were off for dinner, look what came running down the road!!!

 

Saddle-billed Stork

 

Orange-breasted Bush-shrike

 

Lilac-breasted Roller

 

Wild Dogs are not easy to find but our views were superb as we spent time with a large family

 

Ground Hornbills love scorpions for breakfast

 

One can never tire of seeing Leopards, this one was a very big male.

 

Bushveldt Agamas lived close to camp in Kruger

not an Ox in sight!

Purple-crested Turacos were taking sticks to build their nest with

Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Stierling's Wren-warbler building a nest

White-throated Robin-chat

Yellow-billed Hornbill

 

Giant Kingfisher

 

Kurrichane Thrush

Knysna Turaco

Greater Striped Swallow

Blyde River Canyon is truly spectacular.

 

The pictures below were taken by Paul Kingsnorth on the same trip.

Paul never misses a trick when it comes to spotting creepy crawlies that are often missed or taken for granted while spotting the birds too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

We visited South Africa with a group in November 2015. We enjoyed superb weather and outstanding bird and wildlife sightings.

Here is a short video of some of the highlights (make sure to watch to the end!), as well as a few of Paul and Patrick's photographs.

 

 

 

 

White-throated Swallow

 

White-browed Robin-chat

 

The first of 15 White Rhinos, this one near Lower Sabie, Kruger

 

Southern Giraffes are regularly seen in Kruger

 

Red-chested Cuckoos are common, but not often seen like this

 

A pride of lions near Nottens Bush Camp

 

We saw two beautiful Leopards, including this female near Notten's Bush Camp.

She was stalking a Grey Duiker when a Spotted Hyena appeared on the scene. The safest place for her was up a tree!

 

 

The famous Three Rondavels, at Bryde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world.

 

Who says there are no Gorillas in South Africa?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching African Penguins

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Sugarbirds are common on the Cape, seen feeding on protea flowers at this time of year.

 

There are just six Cape Gannet colonies in the world. We visited this thriving one at Lambert's Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tat Taylor sent us his photographs taken on our 2015 trip. Here is a selection....

 

Black-bellied Korhaan

 

White Helmet-shrike

 

A beautiful female Leopard

 

Lesser Black-winged Plover

 

Dwarf Mongoose

 

Grey Go-away-bird

 

Zebras

 

A big jowly male Leopard near the Kruger gate.

 

Nile Crocodiles are common along the rivers and ponds.

 

One of 15 White Rhinos we saw.

 

Common Scimitarbird

 

A Thick-tailed Bush-baby at its daytime roost.

 

Red-billed Oxpecker and Giraffe

 

Pearl-spotted Owlet

 

African Elephants are numerous in Kruger.

 

A dazzling male Plum-coloured Starling

 

Samango Monkey at Mount Sheba

 

Orange Ground-thrush

 

Olive Bush-shrike

 

Gurney's Sugarbird

 

A pair of Blue Cranes with their chick, on the West Coast

 

Cape Gannet at Lambert's Bay

 

Common Terns winter in huge numbers on the Cape

 

The scarce and very local Chestnut-banded Plover.

 

White-fronted Plover

 

Orange-bellied Sunbird in common on the Cape

 

Cape Sugarbird and protea plant

 

Chacma Baboon in fynbos habitat.

 

 

 

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April 2014

Here are a few photographs from Paul's visit to South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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