Advice about visiting Wakkerstroom

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7 years 4 months ago #25748 by marktittley
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I am heading off to Durban to visit my parents and we have decided to "swing by" Wakkerstroom on the way from Joburg to Durbs. We will leave Joburg at 3am, hoping to get to Wakkerstroom as the sun rises. We will then bird around Wakkerstroom until early afternoon before continuing via Newcastle to Durban. Do you have any advice for me in terms of spots that I should prioritise? I have the Birding Gauteng book so I don't need you to post a long description of all the sites available. Rather help me with some hints as to what I should prioritise given the short time that we will be spending in the area and the fact that it is winter not summer. Would you leave the hides until later in the day or should they be early morning priorities? Thanks in anticipation! Mark

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7 years 4 months ago #25752 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Advice about visiting Wakkerstroom
Dress warmly and get a local guide!

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7 years 4 months ago #25775 by sulamk
sulamk replied the topic: Re: Advice about visiting Wakkerstroom
Just a word of advice don't leave wakkerstroom too late in the day for Newcastle, the dirt road between Wakkerstroom and newcastles is very rough and he tar road between Volksrust and newcastle has roadworks in progress with two very long stop and gos which can cause a long delay. there are also a lot of slow moving heavy vehicles.
Birding is a bit sparse in Wakkerstroom at the moment due to the cold. We have had night temperatures of minus 9.

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7 years 4 months ago #25853 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: Advice about visiting Wakkerstroom
As mentioned on our trip, give me a call if you need any help with the area.... My grandmother lives there, so I've birded the area thouroughly in all seasons...I was also just there a week and a half ago, and the birding was productive, especially for the specials.....it is extrememly cold though!!! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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7 years 4 months ago #25857 by sulamk
sulamk replied the topic: Re: Advice about visiting Wakkerstroom
I live in wakkerstroom, and went for a walk early yesterday down by the WOW hide and Clive Beck Hide and along the road as far as the old station turn off.
at the moment being winter from about 8am is the best time . I am not sure when you are coming I wont be here the weekend 3rd July otherwise pm me and we can perhaps make an arrangement to meet.
Seen:
Levalliant Cisticola
Various non breeding widows, bishops and weavers
Speckled pigeon
laughing dove
half collar kingfisher
pied kingfisher
malachite kingfisher
giant kingfisher
hottentot teal
shelduck
yellow bill duck
3banded plover
african snipe
sacred ibis
black sholdered kite
little grebe
red knobbed coot
african marsh harrier
red throated wryneck
pied starling
red wing starling
black headed oriole
to name a few
previous weekend on the amersfort road
blue korhaan and grey wing francolin
swainson spurfowl are all through the village.

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