KNP and Inhambane Dec 2009

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8 years 3 months ago #14114 by peter sharland
peter sharland created the topic: KNP and Inhambane Dec 2009
Hi all

The Sharland family visited KNP (Letaba) and Mozambique (Guinjata Bay near Inhambane)
to do some chilling, fishing and birding, more or less in that order, depending which member
of the family is being considered!

Outside Letaba we found a pair of very obliging Dusky Larks:

We were quickly through the Giriyondo border post, but the roads from there to the EN1
coastal road up to Inhambane are very slow. An average speed of about 60 kms per hour is
achievable, so the 450 km to Guinjata bay took us 8 hours; ouch. The next day we needed
to go into Inhambane for some cash and supplies, and got the next two pics

Pygmy geese - they tend to lurk amonst the reeds like these two were doing

Bee-eater near Barra Lodge - Blue-cheeked or Madagascar?

The next day I took a short walk amongst the coconut palms just inland of the casitas.
There were many Pale Flycatchers on show, each working their own little patch

No birding the next day other than chasing around the ocean on a skiboat looking for terns. They are a sure indication of the
presence of game fish "herding" their prey. The next day dawned cloudy and with rain threatening, so Jenny and I packed a
lunch basket (fish of course) and headed inland to Panda via Inharrime to see if we could escape the weather. We went
through patches of drizzle at intervals and didn't see the sun all day. We found some of the usual suspects in the miombo
15 km S of Panda, but were saddened to see so much destruction of the forest there. Three very happy hours were spent
connecting with the bird parties; our bird of the day was a lifer in the form of Thick-billed Cuckoo flying over and calling loudly.
Unfortunately there was no sign of the Olive-headed Weaver. I would appreciate if any readers to give directions to miombo in
the area that is more pristine. Anyway, on the way back we found this little chap, which I believe is Zitting Cisticola

The following night we stayed at Shimuwini Bush Camp in Kruger. What a treat! Two hours of atlassing in the morning produced
something like 70 birds and thousands of Mopani worms:

We could actually hear these voracious creatures munching their way through the leaves of the mopani trees. I guess that in some
time from now their will be a major emergence of the Emperor moth that results from these caterpillars.

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If anyone would like a copy of our trip list, please request such via e-mail.

Kind regards

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8 years 3 months ago #14192 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: KNP and Inhambane Dec 2009
Great report, Peter, sounds like you had a fantastic time!


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