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 […]

Stanger and Umhlanga 

While staying in Umhlanga over Christmas I managed to drag my Dad up to Stanger to visit the Sappi Mill Bird Hide for the second time this year. My first visit to this spot produced quite a few Lifers and one rather interesting looking Baillon’s Crake – a leucistic form. I was hoping for an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cape Town – Umhlanga 

Leaving Cape Town on a miserable, very rainy Sunday morning we headed out on a coast road which should have been a spectacular drive, but alas all we saw were clouds! We stayed over at the Bontebok National Park near Swellendam in the Western Cape and even there it was raining so we really didn’t […]

Cape Town 

We arrived in Cape Town on a Friday afternoon, so after battling through some traffic we eventually arrived at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. My aim for visiting the gardens was to look forMalachite Sunbirds, Cape Sugarbirds and to walk along the newly built Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway (The Boomslang). Soon after entering the gardens I […]

Langebaan and West Coast National Park 

Day 6: Darling to Langebaan  We arrived in Langebaan where we would be staying at Club Mykonos, a huge resort designed to resemble Mykonos in Greece. Cute white buildings with brightly coloured doors, window frames and shutters. The section we stayed in has been built on a hillside so getting from your vehicle to the […]