Easter weekend in the Kruger National Park 

After a long drive on the N4 from Joburg through heavy rain, we finally dropped down into the Lowveld and were welcomed by blue skies and a noticeable temperature increase. We arrived at the bridge overthe Crocodile River heading to Malelane gate and instantly I took in a deep breath because this is the place […]

The lastest day trips into nature… 

Well it has definitely been a while since I last updated my blog, so here goes….. I’ve done a few one day trips here and there and most recently long weekend trip out to Kruger National Park. We’ve had some nice birds, butterflies and moths in the garden lately starting with an unusual visit from […]

First outing for the year – Umhlanga 

My first birding outing for 2017 started off very quietly as we walked through the forest of the Umhlanga Nature Reserve.  On our last visit there we had seen Tambourine Dove and Black-throated Wattle-eye all within 10 minutes of being in the reserve. This time, nothing, but some nest building Yellow Weavers and a Tawny-flanked […]

St Lucia – iSimangaliso Wetland Park 

We arrived in St Lucia on a rather overcast, drizzly afternoon so Iwas holding thumbs that this wouldn’t be the norm for the weekend. After checking into our accommodation and having some lunch we headed out in search of the St Lucia birds, My folks would probably have preferred to just relax for a bit […]

A quick visit to Pilanesberg Game Reserve

I recently spent a night camping at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in the North West province with my bush bud Kat who was up from Cape Town. I arrived at Pilanesberg hoping to find some of the birds I’ve missed all year but I know can be quite easily found in the park. The first […]

Birding Big Day 2016 

Last Saturday my Dad and I took part in Birdlife South Africa’s Birding Big Day, a 24 hour period in which you have to see how many bird species you can count. You have from midnight to midnight to record birds seen or heard, but we are not that crazy so we didn’t wake up at midnight!  Our […]

Marloth Park and Kruger 

What a better way than to fall asleep to the sounds of a tiny Scops Owl and then wake up in the morning to the sounds of a hyaena.  That was my alarm clock for the first morning I woke up in Marloth Park. As I got myself dressed and ready for the day I […]

Marievale and an Owl 

So after a few long weeks of trying to plan a weekend birding getaway for myself and my birder friend Jaclyn, we ended up just having one day out at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.    We had originally wanted to go to the Rust De Winter area or Dinokeng Game Reserve, all close by just north […]