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4 years 3 months ago #86175 by helenl
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We will be going on a birding trip down the coast in about 3 weeks. I have looked at some spots and decided on a few already. I would appreciate some advice on the best places to go this time of year. We are staying in Mtubatuba for 2 days. Next stop Richards Bay 2 days and Amatigulu 2 days. After that a week in Scottburgh.

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4 years 3 months ago #86176 by Doug
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I always liked Vernon Crookes nature reserve.


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4 years 3 months ago #86177 by Josey
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Rene, I am sure will be stopping in at St Lucia and Cape Vidal, they are good areas for birding.

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4 years 3 months ago #86178 by mossie
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I am a big favorite of Mkuzi game reserve, tons of lifers from there, broadbill at the forest walk, Negard's sunbird etc.. The airstrip at Mkuzi is good for all three longclaws, including rosey.

The forest patch at the St Lucia campsite is excellent. There is also an excellent local guide there 0847166310, that can find you all sorts of things like spotted ground thrush, scaley feathered honeyguide, and woodwards batis.

At Cape vidal the flood plains can yield black winged and senegal lapwings, and look out for pygmy kingfisher crossing the road as well as southern banded snake eagle.

Enjoy!

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4 years 3 months ago #86181 by wildtuinman
wildtuinman replied the topic: Re: KwaZulu-Natal
Hi Rene,

you are going to be in a great spot for your first 6 days. But I really do advise that you get a local guide to take you to all the hotspots. Amatikulua is excellent for Swamp Nightjar, very tough to find without a guide though. Mtunzini is a must if you are after Palmnut Vulture and Rufous-winged Cisticola. You might be a bit too late for Mangrove Kingfisher there unfortunately, but there may be quite a number of waders here and at Richardsbay and St. Lucia.

Richardsbay as mentioned is excellent for waders, again a guide here is crucial as you would then be allowed access to the site where Crab Plover is often picked up together with other goodies such as Terek Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover etc.

St. Lucia as mentioned by Mossie has a patch of forest which is just brilliant. A walk here usually produces Livingstone's Turaco, Rudd's Apalis, Brown Scrub-Robin, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black-throated Watlle-eye and many more! The mouth is great for waders including Sanderling. Also keep an eye out for the Black Tern that's been hanging out here for a good while now.

Cape Vidal is also a must - Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Grey Waxbill etc are all to be found here. My stepdaughter is on her way there this weekend, so I will let you know what she picked up at Vidal on her return.

Inland, you must simply visit Dlindza forest in Eshowe. This is perhaps the only place where you can still find Bronze-naped Pigeon - an early morning start is crucial to see them sun themselves. Tambourine Dove and Lemon Dove is common and Grey Cuckooshrike can be seen from the tower in the canopy. Spotted Ground-Thrush is a common winter visitor.

http://wiki.sabirding.co.za/Portal.aspx ... eSupport=1

Ongoye Forest is a must if you are after Green Barbet.

On your last leg of the trip in Scottburgh I strongly advise visits to Umgeni River Mouth (caution must be taken, but you can bird from your car or near it from the little parking bays along Umgeni drive), the Beachwood reserve, enquire about visiting dates. http://www.kznwildlife.com/index.php/be ... rview.html

Purple-banded Sunbird is quite common here and at Bayhead nature reserve where if you get the timing right for tides is magnificent for waders.

Pigeon Valley is a superb spot. Spotted Ground-Thrush, Green Twinspot, Grey Sunbird, Black Sparrowhawk can all be found here at present. Also look out for the cute red and blue duikers.

Nearer to Scottburgh, you will be disappointed if you don't check out the Illovo river mouth. Rarities are often found here. Laine and I picked up Greater Frigatebird here in 2010 and I subsequently saw it a few days later again at Umgeni river mouth which is also superb for rarities - if you have a birding scope, take it along.

I fyou have time, drive out to Umdoni in Pennington. The forest is one of the best birding spots I've been to - Narina Trogon, Green Malkoha, Brown Scrub-Robin and Green Twinspot are your main targets here. In Pennington, the garden bird feeders should be checked for Pied Mannikin.

I only gave a brief overview of what you can find here. If you need any further info, just shout. <!-- s;-) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;-) -->

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4 years 3 months ago #86183 by John Young
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Rene,

Wildtuinman has given you a great run down of the spots to bird at. If you're after Magpie Mannikins, Andrew Pickles has them in his garden nearly all the time. PM me and I'll let you have his cell number. Other useful spots to consider are:
Bluff Nature Reserve - picked up 64 species in a morning last week end.
TC Robertson Nature Reserve - near the entrance to Scottburgh.
Ellingham Estates - west side of the N2 from the Park Rynie off-ramp. A new spot which is proving to be awesome.
Oribi Gorge
Umdoni Park - Pennington

You may also want to contact a few folk from the local bird club (Birdlife Trogons). Please check <!-- w -->[url=http://www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com[/url]<!-- w --> for updated information on Sunday outings, or phone Eric Kok 039-6950573, 072-7510686 for further details.

regards,
Dave

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