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11 years 9 months ago #650 by nkgray
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The following list has`been compiled over 12 visits to Borakalalo in the past few years:

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Robert's no & species name based on Robert's vii

1 Ostrich
6 Great Crested Grebe
8 Little Grebe
55 White-breasted Cormorant
58 Reed Cormorant
60 Darter
62 Grey Heron
63 Black-headed Heron
64 Goliath Heron
66 Great White Egret
67 Little Egret
69 Black Heron
71 Cattle Egret
74 Green-backed Heron
76 Black-crowned Night-Heron
79 Dwarf Bittern
81 Hamerkop
89 Marabou Stork
90 Yellow-billed Stork
91 Sacred Ibis
94 Hadeda Ibis
95 African Spoonbill
96 Greater Flamingo
99 White-faced Duck
102 Egyptian Goose
104 Yellow-billed Duck
105 African Black Duck
108 Red-billed Teal
115 Comb Duck
116 Spur-winged Goose
123 White-backed Vulture
126.1 Yellow-billed Kite
127 Black-shouldered Kite
142 Brown Snake-Eagle
148 African Fish-Eagle
149 Steppe Buzzard
152 Jackal Buzzard
159 Shikra
162 Pale Chanting Goshawk
169 African Harrier-Hawk
179 Red-footed Falcon
180 Amur Falcon
182 Greater Kestrel
183 Lesser Kestrel
188 Coqui Francolin
189 Crested Francolin
196 Natal Francolin
199 Swainson's Spurfowl
200 Common Quail
203 Helmeted Guineafowl
213 Black Crake
228 Red-knobbed Coot
237 Red-crested Korhaan
240 African Jacana
248 Kittlitz`s Plover
249 Three-banded Plover
255 Crowned Lapwing
258 Blacksmith Lapwing
260 African Wattled Lapwing
264 Common Sandpiper
266 Wood Sandpiper
269 Marsh Sandpiper
270 Greenshank
274 Little Stint
284 Ruff
294 Pied Avocet
295 Black-winged Stilt
313 Lesser Black-backed Gull
315 Grey-headed Gull
338 Whiskered Tern
339 White-winged Tern
346 Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
347 Double-banded Sandgrouse
349 Speckled Pigeon
352 Red-eyed Dove
354 Cape Turtle Dove
355 Palm Dove
356 Namaqua Dove
358 Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
364 Meyer's Parrot
373 Grey Lourie
375 African Cuckoo
377 Red-chested Cuckoo
382 Jacobin Cuckoo
385 Klaas's Cuckoo
386 Diderik Cuckoo
391 Burchell's Coucal
398 Pearl-spotted Owlet
415 Whiterumped Swift
417 Little Swift
421 African Palm-Swift
426 Red-faced Mousebird
428 Pied Kingfisher
431 Malachite Kingfisher
433 Woodland Kingfisher
435 Brown-hooded Kingfisher
436 Grey-hooded Kingfisher
437 Striped Kingfisher
438 Eurasian Bee-eater
443 White-fronted Bee-eater
444 Little Bee-eater
446 Eurasian Roller
447 Lilac-breasted Roller
451 African Hoopoe
452 Green Woodhoopoe
454 Common Scimitarbill
457 African Grey Hornbill
458 Red-billed Hornbill
459 Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
464 Black-collared Barbet
465 Pied Barbet
473 Crested Barbet
474 Greater Honeyguide
481 Bennett's Woodpecker
483 Golden-tailed Woodpecker
486 Cardinal Woodpecker
487 Bearded Woodpecker
494 Rufous-naped Lark
498 Sabota Lark
518 Barn Swallow
520 White-throated Swallow
523 Pearl-breasted Swallow
524 Red-breasted Swallow
526 Greater Dtriped Swallow
527 Lesser Striped Swallow
529 Rock Martin
541 Fork-tailed Drongo
543 Eurasian Golden Oriole
545 Black-headed Oriole
548 Pied Crow
552 Ashy Tit
554 Southern Black Tit
560 Arrow-marked Babbler
563 Southern Pied Babbler
567 Red-eyed Bulbul
568 Dark-capped Bulbul
580 Groundscraper Thrush
589 Familiar Chat
602 White-throated Robin-Chat
613 White-browed Scrub-Robin
615 Kalahari Scrub-Robin
621 Chestnut-vented Titbabbler
635 Lesser Swamp-Warbler
643 Willow Warbler
651 Long-billed Crombec
653 Yellow-bellied Eremomela
656 Burnt-necked Eremomela
657.1 Greybacked Camaroptera
658 Barred Wren-Warbler
664 Zitting Cisticola
672 Rattling Cisticola
677 Levaillant's Cisticola
681 Neddicky
683 Tawny-flanked Prinia
685 Black-chested Prinia
689 Spotted Flycatcher
694 Southern Black Flycatcher
695 Marico Flycatcher
696 Pale Flycatcher
701 Chinspot Batis
710 African Paradise-Flycatcher
722 Tree Pipit
733 Red-backed Shrike
735 Magpie Shrike
739 Crimson-breasted Shrike
740 Black-backed Puffback
741 Brubru
743 Brown-crowned Tchagra
744 Black-crowned Tchagra
756 Southern White-crowned Shrike
758 Common Myna
761 Violet-backed Starling
762 Burchell's Starling
764 Cape Glossy Starling
769 Red-winged Starling
772 Red-billed Oxpecker
779 Marico Sunbird
787 White-bellied Sunbird
792 Amethyst Sunbird
796 Cape White-eye
798 Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver
799 White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
804 Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
806 Scaly-feathered Finch
811 Village Weaver
814 Southern Masked-Weaver
815 Lesser Masked-Weaver
819 Red-headed Weaver
821 Red-billed Quelea
826 Yellow-crowned Bishop
834 Green-winged Pytilia
840 African Firefinch
841 Jameson's Firefinch
842 Red-billed Firefinch
844 Blue Waxbill
845 Violet-eared Waxbill
846 Common Waxbill
862 Long-tailed Paradise Whydah
864 Dusky Indigobird
869 Yellow-fronted Canary
870 Black-throated Canary
884 Golden-breasted Bunting
886 Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

TOTAL : 204 species

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11 years 4 days ago #3187 by wendy
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Hi there,

Could you please let me know what it is like to stay in the tents at Phudufudu? We are planning to stay there over Christmas. We live in KZN and have never been there. I would appreciate your info.

Thank you,
Wendy

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11 years 4 days ago #3188 by gordon
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Hi Wendy,

Welcome to the forum!

Borakalalo (Borokolalo seems to be old spelling) is still well maintained and the tented camps are a pleasure to stay in. They are not fenced but you do not have to worry about lions, only the odd leopard or rhino...

Just a word of caution when you go there, fill up in the town of Brits (about 80km to the south) as there is no petrol in the reserve.

If you want more information you can also have a look at the North West Tourism sight: [url:23xj42c3]http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/borakalalo/index.html[/url:23xj42c3]

Hope this helps.

If you are looking for more specific information just let us know, I am sure someone on here will be able to answer...

Cheers,
Gordon

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11 years 3 days ago #3193 by wendy
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Hi Gordon,

Thanks for responding so soon. I have had feed back from Nick as well and got quite a bit of info from the website but the website has not been updated for some time as they tell me there are 10 tents now.

We frequent Kruger, Addo and Hluhluwe, so are wanting to try something different this time.

The birding sounds very good, my husband is more interested in the fishing though. Do have experience with that?

Thanks,
Wendy

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11 years 3 days ago #3194 by wendy
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Oops, sorry, I mean Neil

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11 years 3 days ago #3195 by gordon
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Hi Wendy,

I am not too sure what kinds of fish you get but I do know that there are some monsters in the dam that could probably drag a boat around... :-)

There are also crocodiles and if I remember correctly, I think there are hippo as well? someone may car to correct me on that one though.

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Gordon

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10 years 3 months ago #5302 by Hanno Pretorius
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Hi Neil!

I am impressed by the extensive list! I have also seen well over 100 birds in this great reserve in a day. Excellent birding! Two observations from your list: (Is it possible to give us some more info about these sightings, i.e where, how many, how many sightings, etc.)
1. Marabou stork
2. White backed vulture

Is it not great to be able to see such wonderful species only 90mins away from PTA!

Cheers,
Hanno

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10 years 3 months ago #5328 by nkgray
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Hanno,

Both of these were seen on the same day, 20 December 2004, and represent my only records for each at Borakalalo.

The Marabou were in a group of 4-5 if memory serves me, and were seen on the Audi Loop (S25.17289 E27.82667).

The Vulture was a single bird flying low over the Mutumuga Loop (S27.17231 E27.85422).

I agree, what a superb birding venue! 2 hours from the East Rand and for me a far better destination for a day trip than the Pilanesberg.

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10 years 3 months ago #5348 by Hanno Pretorius
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Top notch. Those are two great sightings. Great birding destination; the park deserves much more recognition and local attention.

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9 years 10 months ago #6536 by Hanno Pretorius
Hanno Pretorius replied the topic: Add the Dwarf
Add the Dwarf Bittern, Neil? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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