Day 2 – Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
Thankfully it was not a baking hot day in the park today! The sun was out, there was no chill on the breeze (except at 5 o’clock in the morning maybe) and the bird sightings were fantastic!
african white backed-vulture
lappet faced vulture
white headed vulture
yellow billed kite
african hawk eagle
brown snake eagle
cape turtle (ring necked) dove
green (emerald) spotted dove
speckled mouse bird
rufous naped lark
greater striped swallow
lesser striped swallow
black-eyed bulbbul (common)
fantailed (zitting) cisticola
african dusky fly catcher
african paradise fly catcher
red-backed shrike – this rare bird turned out to be the most common bird in the park today!
(three-streaked) brown crowned tchagra
(cape) glossy starling
white bellied sunbird
scarlet chested sunbird
southern-grey headed sparrow
spotted backed (village) weaver
blue waxbill (blue-breasted cordon-bleu)
long-tailed (eastern) paradise whydah
dusky indigobird (black widowfinch)
yellow fronted canary
streaky headed seedeater
golden breasted bunting
(cinnamon-breasted) rock bunting
There may also be one or two that have been forgotten on the list, Jason will find out when he goes through the pictures.
And then of course, as a sidenote they also spotted some non-avian species too, such;
bells hinged tortoise
All in all, not a bad days game viewing!
As with all the best days, no day would be complete without the telling of stories over a beer in the lappa before dinner.
Stories and bragging rights exchanged at the bar