Kruger Park visit

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12 years 2 months ago #406 by nkgray
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Just back from a short stay in the Kruger Park - 1 night at Shingwedzi and 2 nights at Sirheni. The northern end of the park has had major flooding in the past 2 weeks. The Luvuvhu is in full flow and the Kanniedood Dam below Shingwedzi has gone from bone dry at the beginning of October to overflowing and the river is bank to bank water almost to Shingwedzi itself.

None of this was good for waders. Not a Whitecrowned Plover in sight below Pafuri and only 1 Openbill and 1 Yellowbilled Stork along the entire stretch from Shingwedzi to Dipeni.

There were a few highlights, however, with 2 lifers in the form of Pallid Harrier drinking from the river just outside the main gate at Shingwedzi and Harlequin Quail in the middle of the road just out of Sirheni. 5 sightings of Broadbilled Roller (in 5 different 1/4 degree sheets), a pair of Dusky Lark on the Shongololo Loop NW of Mopani, Collared Pratincole on the Letaba River just north of the camp and at the Pioneer Dam at Mopani, Temmincks Courser and Kori Bustard at the same point south of Dipeni and definite Grey-backed (not Green-backed) Camaroptera and Yellow (not Cape) White-eye at the Pafuri picnic spot.

The park is crawling with Violet-backed Starlings this summer and I have never seen so many Comb Ducks. The Monotonous Larks in the Klopperfontein Dam area are performing exceptionally well.

This was a family trip with 3 non-birders in tow, so did rather well to tick off 166 for the trip.

Neil Gray

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