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Home News & Events Trip Reports WETO BIRDING TOURS 27th November to 11th DECEMBER 2010

WETO BIRDING TOURS 27th November to 11th DECEMBER 2010





TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique. We travelled in three vehicles, and in our group of 11 were: In First vehicle Rodney & Anneke Vincent. In the second vehicle Brian & Wilma Moreby and thrid vehicle Debbie van Zyl, Betsie Lategan, Thailia Barnes, Elmien Adendorf, Tana Coetzer, my son Gerhard and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge, we travelled to Masvingo, birding en route. We saw Boulder Chat en route to the Inn of Great Zimbabwe where we spent the night.

Day 2

Early morning departure for the Vumba and Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. We had Miombo specials like: Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, MiomboTit, Miombo Rockthrush around Lake Kyle.

To name a few seen at the Vumba were: Augur Buzzard, Variable Sunbird, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Swynnerton’s- and White-starred Robin, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Robert’s Warbler, , Orange Ground Thrush, Buff-spotted Flufftail and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeons. We spent the night at the White Horse Inn.

Day 3

Early morning birding at the Vumba and Eastern Highlands area produce Red-throated Twinspot, Silwery-cheeked Hornbill, Barratt’s -, Broad-tailed Warbler, Singing Cisticola, Tree Pipit, Cabanis’s Bunting and Eastern Saw-wings. Overnight at the White Horse Inn.

Day 4

We departed early for Beira. En route we saw various Lanner Falcons, Eastern Nicator, as well as Black- and Yellow-billed Kites. Overnight at Ninho Da Farol.

Day 5

Birding at Rio Savanne produced: Bat Hawk, African Marsh Harrier, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-headed Apalis, Tiny Greenbul, Mangrove Kingfisher, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, hundreds of Open-billed Storks, Rufous-bellied Heron, Green Malkoa, Locust- & Red-headed Quelea, various Egrets and Herons in the flooded areas. Overnight at Ninho Da Farol in Beira.

Day 6

We departed for Catapu where we spent three nights at Mpingwe Camp. The surrounding area produced: African Broadbill, Golden Weaver, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Grey-headed Parrot, Böhm’s Spinetail.

Day 6

At Coutada 12 we saw Miombo Blue-eared Starlings, Cabanis’s Bunting, Mosque Swallow, Emerald Cuckoo, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike, Blue-mantle Crested-, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Plain-backed Sunbird Woodward’s Batis and Booted Eagle, to name a few.

Day 8

We travelled to Caia where we saw the Copper Sunbird, Swamp Boubou, Brown-throated- & Yellow Weaver, as well as Lesser Jacana.

Day 9

An early departure for the Gorongosa area where we saw the Pale Batis, Red-winged Warbler, European-, African Hobby, Cuckoo Hawk, Overnight at Environtrade Camp.

Day 10

At Gorongosa Mountain: Short-winged & Singing Cisticola, Black-winged Bishop, Moustached Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Pallid Honeyguide, Variable Sunbird, Honey Buzzard African Erasian & Green-headed Oriole. Overnight at Environtrade Camp.

Day 11

Mashona Hyliota, Red-faced Crombeck, Speckle-throated- & Green-backed Woodpecker, Collared Palm Thrush & Red-necked Francolin. Overnight at Environtrade Camp.

Day 12

We left and travelled to Harare. Broad-billed Roller, and several other species were seen en route. It rained quite a lot. We spent the night at the Flufftail & Crake Cottages.

Day 13

Spotted Tree Creeper, Whyte’s Barbet, Eurasian-, African Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo Finch, Rosy –Throated Longclaw, Red Chested Flufftail, Black Coucal, Yellow-mantled Widowbird & Broad-tailed Warbler in the vlei area, then back to Harare. Overnight at the Flufftail & Crake Cottages

Day 14

An early departure for the Lion & Elephant Inn where we overnight.

Day 15

Homeward bound.


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:06 )  


Text and photographs by Johann Grobbelaar 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding April 2003 Vol.8, No.2)

I'm staring at a nest 12 meters up a tree. The scary part is that I am at eye-level with it … not very comforting unless you're used to being at a height equivalent to that of a four-storey building. Sweat is running into my eyes as I peer through the viewfinder. It's hot outside, but that's nothing compared to the heat trapped within my small hide. Not even the honey bee that has just crawled down my sock into my right boot can distract me.