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4 years 2 weeks ago #86356 by Yolandé Oelsen
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Hi Guys.

We went to zaagkuilsdrift this past weekend and was wondering what strategy you guys use to find so many different species? We were just driving on the main dust road and tried to stop once we spotted something but most of the time the bird would fly off long before we could even get the binos out. Is there specific spots for specific species? Am i missing something. Other people report seeing over 100 species and we barley got to 60 including common bird like grey go away bird, doves,kiewiets etc. Granted we are still new to birding. Just wanted hear how you guys go about birding Zaagkuisdrift. Thanks in advance.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86361 by gordon
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Hi Nic,

I will use several strategies to find species. I think the three most important is firstly to understand bird behaviour, then to know what habitat preferences they have and lastly to start to learn their calls.

As you get to know different family groups you will notice that certain groups tend towards specifc habitats and/or will have specific behaviour. For example Babblers tend to be in groups and can easily be located by their calls. They also tend to be found in areas with bush and trees.

Cisticolas can be found just about anywhere from grass to vlei's to hillsides. Some of them perch prominently on tree tops and call while others will be flying around above your head displaying.

Try driving along and stopping at different types of bush and have a look what is there, particularly look out for bird parties. Get out of your car and listen for birds around you. Try to observe as much as you can.

There is nothing wrong with driving along and stopping when you see something though I tend to head towards spots that I know will have lots of birds. Early in the morning any water source is good so any water crossing will yield high numbers of species.

Hope that helps!

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Cheers,
Gordon

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86362 by Yolandé Oelsen
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Sounds Good thanks Gordon. What about crake road? Is it good to go down there? We stopped at the no entry sign as we did not want to trespass. Is there any good water crossing in particular? Wood be good to pick up some water bound species as well.
Thanks for your help.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #86363 by gordon
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Hi Nic,

I think it's best to get permission from the land owner wherever you see no entry signs. Rather be on the safe side and have written permission because if you are stopped it will be more trouble than its worth.

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