show you in one chart our birdlist for the entire Kruger and which birds we identified when based in each camp area.
comment on the birds we thought we might see but didn’t.
make comments on our time in the Park.
show you photos of the birds we could not identify.
show you photos of what we considered “Special” birds.
show you photos of animals we took.
show you photos which we considered to be of reasonable quality.
Despite the dryness of the Park we still identified a wide variety of birds in all 230 different species. Click here to see the total list of birds we identified in our stay in the Kruger also showing a summary of the birds we saw in the area of each camp.
Having said that, we were surprised not to identify any of the following:
* We attributed these particular missing birds due to the dryness of the Park.
Some Comments and Observations:
Our favourite camps were Lower Sabie in the South, Balule in the middle, Tsendze and Punda Maria in the north. And Malelane in the south as a gateway for both entering and leaving the Park.
Yellow-billed Oxpeckers have thrived in the north and now it is unusual to see a Red-billed Oxpecker on Giraffe or Buffalo.
Yellow-billed Oxpeckers have extended their range and it is not unusual to find them lower down at Tsendze.
It is about time that Punda Maria management bought a washing machine for their laundry.
The Deck at Lower Sabie gave us many interesting sightings not only of birds but interacting animals too.
The swimming pool at Shingwedzi was a real life saver.
Crocodile Bridge area looked like a desert – trees all knocked down, barren and dusty sadly
Of the birds we photographed there were two which we could not identify. Perhaps you can?? And there is one snake for ID please.
Blue Snake head
Blue Snake body
The following photos are of birds that we considered to be special – either because they are hard to find or they are not birds we regularly see where we live or they show something about the bird..
Kori Bustard in all his majesty
Saddle-billed Stork juvenile less than 6 months old
Squacco Heron well tanned and in a hurry
Swainson’s and his mate the Natal Spurfowl – nice to see the comparison
Bearded Woodpecker. Sorry wrong tree
Bennett’s Woodpecker female
Black Heron in fishing mode
Coqui Francolin female
Coqui Francolin male
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Juvenile Hooded Vulture
Zebra and friend the Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Knob-billed Duck male
Malachite Kingfisher cf Water Thick-knee
Lappet-faced Vultures. Look at the size of its claw
Buffalo and Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Buffalo kneeling with both Oxpeckers attached
Cheetah and cub
Cheetah and carcass
A bank of Crocodiles
Crocodiles making a meal of a hippo
Elephant and baby
Elephant and new born
Elephant family getting too close
Elephant on his knees stuck in the mud
Giraffe and new born
Spotted Hyena bathtime
Impala new born
Impala with new born
Kudu female collared
Leopard – full and sleeping it off
Leopard cub and 4 feet
Leopard cub feet up time
Leopard cub. I’m cool
Leopard cub. I’m off
Leopard cub. I’m watching you
Lioness waiting patiently to strike
Lions resting after futile chase of Gnus
Lions at Buffalo kill
Pangolin. Note his clawed front foot?hand
Red and Yellow-billed Oxpecker on buffalo
Red-billed Oxpecker using a hippo eye to perch on while drinking
Sally in the Mandenzeni Picnic site but what is over her left shoulder yes lions
Spotted Hyena relaxing with its back feet well tucked in
Tsessebe and young
Warthog and Red-billed Oxpecker
White Rhinos on their way to cajole the buffalos
Other birds we can’t forget:
African Paradise-Flycatcher with a rather long tail
Western Barn Owls
Bennett’s Woodpecker female
Cardinal Woodpecker female
Brown-hooded Kingfisher mouth open
Cape Glossy Starling
Greater Blue-eared Starling
African Mourning Dove
Red-crested Korhaan before he took flight
Red-winged Starling female
Acacia Pied Barbet
And that’s it Folks. We hope you have enjoyed the series.