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BIRDING TOUR WETO

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT 28 July – 18 August

2015

AN EXCLUSIVE 21 DAY BIRDING TOUR WITH AVIAN LEISURE TO

SOUTHERN CENTRAL  MOZAMBIQUE

and

ZIMBABWE

At 10h30 on 28 July 2015 our group, consisting of  Trent  Miller, Meta Hunt, Martin Benadie and Maans Booysen, depart from Midrand, and headed for Komatipoort. We overnight at Ecolux Boutique Hotel.

On day 2:  29 July  2015. We headed for the border at Komatipoort there were no problems crossing the border and we birded our way across the floodplains to Xai-Xai. Along the floodplains Shelley’s Francolin, Senegal Lapwing and various species of water fowl including Lesser Jacana, Pygmy Geese, White-backed Duck & African Rail were seen in large numbers.

We overnight at Honeypot near Xai-Xai where we had great views of African Wood Owl.

On day 3:  30 July 2015, an early morning departure to Ponto do Barra, Inhambane, via Panda.

At Panda we had Olive-headed Weaver, Racket-tailed Roller, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Neergard’s Sunbird, Southern Hyliota and Pale Batis.

We overnight at Barra Lodge.

On day 4: 31 July 2015 We birded in and around Ponto da Barra concentrating on wader watching.

We had Grey Plover, Greater-and Lesser Sand Plovers, Swift Tern, Terek Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Wimbrel.

We overnight at Barra Lodge.

On day 5, 01 August 2015 We revisit Panda had again Olive-headed Weaver, Red-faced Crombec, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Southern Hyliota, Pale Batis and African Scops Owlet.

On day 6, 02 August 2015 we left Ponto da Barra via Uguana to Morrungulo where we had great views of the, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails and Eastern Nicator.

We stayed at Morrungulo Bay.

On day 7, 03 August 2015 We revisit Unguana searching for Green Tinkerbird. Had great views of Woodward’s Batis, Rudd’s Apalis and Red-throated Twinspot. We stayed at Morrungulo Bay.

On day 8, 04 August 2015 we left Uguana for Inhassoro en-route we had Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails, Brown-headed Parrot, Lizard Buzzard and Black Saw-wing. We stayed at Rio Azul.

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On day 9, 05 August 2015  We birded the extensive Mangrove swamp here we had Osprey, Woolly-necked Stork, Reed- & White-breasted Cormorant, Pied Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper. In camp at bird bath Grey Waxbill, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow White-eye, Red-capped Robin-chat and Various weavers. We overnight at Rio Azul.

On day 10, 06 August 2015  We travelled from Inhassoro heading to Beira. We had great views of Green Tinkerbird at new location for this species south of Rio Save. We overnight at Sena Hotel Beira.

On day 11, 07 August 2015  We birded Rio Savanne here we had Bat Hawk, Short-tailed Pipit, Flappet Lark, Black-rumped Buttonquail,  Southern Banded Snake-eagle, Mangrove Kingfisher, Terek Sandpiper and Fantailed Widowbird.

We overnight at Sena Hotel Beira.

On day 12, 08 August 2015  We travelled from Beira to Mpingwe Camp near Caia Zambezi Valley. En-route we had: Red-winged Warbler, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Red-faced Crombec, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Bateleur, African Goshawk and Southern Banded Snake-eagle.

Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

On day 13, 09 August 2015 We birded Couta 12 area. We had seen White-chested Alethe, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill, Narina Trogon, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Black-headed Apalis, Plain-backed Sunbird and Grey-headed Parrot.

Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu

On day 14, 10 August 2015 We left Catapu  to Chemba in Zambezi Valley,

Birding en-route: Western-banded Snake-eagle and African Marsh Harrier Black-winged Bishop,Short-winged Cisticola & Blue-spotted Wood-dove. At Chemba we had Böhm’s Bee-eater, Black-winged Bishop & Wahlberg’s Eagle. Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

On day 15, 11 August 2015. We had White-chested Alethe, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill, Narina Trogon, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Black-headed Apalis, Plain-backed Sunbird, Crested Francolin and Southern Banded Snake-eagle.

Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu

On day 16, 12 August 2015.  We travelled from Catapu to Gorongosa. En-route we had: Dickinson’s Kestrel, Bateleur, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Red-necked Spurfowl, African Cuckoo Hawk and Southern Banded Snake-eagle.

We overnight at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge.

On day 17, 13 August 2015 We travelled from Gorongosa Park to Gorongosa mountain here we had Singing Cisticola, African-, Jameson Firefinch, Green-winged Pytilia, Green-headed Oriole, Chirinda Apalis, Grey Cuckooshrike, Black-fronted Bushshrike, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Livingstone’s Turaco, Variable-, Miombo Double Collared Sunbird,  Black-winged  Bishop & Blue-spotted Wood-dove.

We overnight at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge.

On day 18, 14 August  2015 At Gorongosa  Park we had Speckle-throated Woodpecker,  Red-faced Crombec, Pale Batis, Red-backed Mannikin, White-crowned-,Long-toed Lapwing, White-, Pink-backed Pelican,Saddle-billed-, Yellow-billed-, Woolly-necked-, Marabou Stork, Rufous-bellied Heron   and Grey-crowned Crane.

We overnight at Girassol Gorongosa Lodge.

On day 19, 15 August  2015  : Gorongosa to Vumba. Striped-cheeked-, Yellow-streaked Greenbull, Miombo Double Collared-, Bronzy & Variable Sunbird, Southern Hyliota and Red-faced Crombec, Overnight at Leopard Rock Hotel in the Vumba.

On day 20, 16 August  2015.  We birded around the Vumba we had Mottled Swift, Miombo Rock-thrush, Miombo-, Cinamon-breasted Tit, Spotted Creeper, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Swynnerton’s Robin, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Orange Ground Thrush, Livingstone’s Turaco, Lemon Dove, Striped-cheeked Greenbul and Robert’s Warbler.

Overnight at Leopard Rock Hotel in the Vumba.

On day 21, 17 August  2015  Vumba to Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve From there I depart from the group and headed back to Midrand.

We will try to accomplish the same on our next tours to the Zambezi Valley and Rio Savanne: on the 15th to 24th December 2015 and 28th December 2015 to the 06 January 2016.

Regards Maans Booysen.

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT 19 – 30 March

2015

AN EXCLUSIVE 12 DAY BIRDING TOUR TO

SOUTHERN CENTRAL  MOZAMBIQUE

and

ZIMBABWE

 

At 05h30 on 19 March  2015 our group, consisting of  Ray Dumbleton,John Thomson, Trevor Street and Maans Booysen, depart from Centurion, and headed for the border at Komatipoort.

There were no problems crossing the border and we birded our way across the floodplains to Xai-Xai. Along the floodplains various species of water fowl were seen in large numbers.

We overnighted at Honeypot near Xai-Xai where we had great views of African Wood Owl.

 

On day 2:  20 March  2015, after an early morning departure to Ponto do Barra, Inhambane, via Panda.

Here we had Olive-headed Weaver, Racket-tailed Roller, Ayer’s Hawk Eagle, Southern Hyliota and Pale Batis.

We overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

 

On day 3: 21 March  2015 We birded in and around Ponto da Barra concentrating on wader watching.

We had Great Knot, Pacific Golden Plover, Greater-and Lesser Sand Plovers, Lesser Crested Tern, Terek Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit and Peregrine Falcon.

We overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

 

 

On day 4, 22 March  2015 we left Ponto da Barra for Uguana and Inhassoro where we had great views of the Green Tinkerbird,  Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails and Livingstone’s Flycatcher.

We stayed at Escola Hotel Estrelda do Mar in Inhassoro.

 

On day 5, 23 March  2015 we travelled from Inhassoro, heading to Gorongosa. We had views of Grey-headed Parrot, Black-winged Bishop on route.

At Gorongosa Speckle-throated Woodpecker, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Red-faced Crombec, Pale Batis, Red-backed Mannikin and Arnot’s Chat.

We slept at Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa.

 

On day 6, 24 March  2015 we travelled from Gorongosa to Catapu.

At Gorongosa we had Moustached Grass Warblers, Black-winged  Bishop & Blue-spotted Wood-dove.

En-route we had: Dickinson’s Kestrel, Bateleur, Black Coucal, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill and Southern Banded Snake-eagle.

Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

 

On day 7, 25 March  2015 we left Catapu  to Chemba in Zambezi Valley,

We had: Basra Reed Warbler at Caia.

Birding en-route: Copper Sunbird, Moustached Grass Warblers, Anchietta’s Tchagra.

At Chemba we had Böhm’s Bee-eater, Basra Reed Warbler and Thick-billed Cuckoo.

At Villa da Sena  Western-banded Snake-eagle and African Marsh Harrier then back to Catapu.

At Catapu we had Asian Lesser Cuckoo. Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

 

Day 8, 26 March  2015: At Coutada 12 we birded lowland forest and dambos and saw: Asian Lesser-, African Cuckoo, Twinspot Indigobird, Broad-tailed Whydah, Green-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Apalis, Green Malkoha, Yellow-streaked- & Tiny Greenbul,

Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

 

Day 9, 27 March  2015: Gorongosa to Vumba. Miombo Rock-thrush, Miombo-, Bronzy & Variable Sunbird, Southern Hyliota, Red-faced Crombec, Mottled- & Scarce Swift.

Overnighted at Seldomseen in the Vumba.

 

Day 10, 28 March  2015 Vumba to Harare. In the Vumba we had: Chirinda Apalis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Swynnerton’s  Robin, Orange Ground-thrush, Livingstone’s Turaco, Striped-cheeked Greenbul and Robert’s Warbler.

At Haka Park Harare we had Yellow-mantle Widowbird, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Black Coucal, Broad-tailed Warbler, Spotted Tree Creeper, Miombo Tit, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike and Grey Penduline Tit.

Overnighted at Crake Cotage in Harare.

 

Day 11, 29 March  2015: to Lion & Elelephant Inn. We had Miombo Blue-eared Starling,

 

Day 12, 30 March  2015: Lion & Elelephant Inn to Centurion. An early morning departure for the border, uneventful crossing at Beitbridge. We drove back home after a very successful tour.

We will try to accomplish the same on our next tours to the same region: on the 12th  to 25th  July 2015 and 28th  July to 18th  AUGUST 2015.

Regards Maans Booysen.

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT 01 – 14 DECEMBER 2014
AN EXCLUSIVE 14 DAY BIRDING TOUR TO
HARARE & MANA POOLS ZIMBABWE
and
SOUTHERN CENTRAL MOZAMBIQUE

At 05h30 on 01December 2014our group, consisting of Rob Little, Karen Kearns, Sam Hockey and Maans Booysen, met at Centurion and headed for the border at Beitbridge. Day seven we met with Ian & Carol Foulis at Seldomseen, who joined us for the rest of the trip.
There were no problems crossing the border but it was time consuming. We overnighted at Lion & Elephant Inn where we had great views of Barred Owlet.
On day 2, 02December 2014, after an early morning departure to Harare we had Boulder Chat near Runde. The Harare area was very dry.At Monavale vlei we had Miombo Double-collared-, Variable Sunbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Pale-crowned-, Croaking Cisticola&Marsh Owl.Overnighted at the Fourie’s
On day 3,03December 2014,we birded in and around Harare Marlborough vlei and at Haka Park.The Miombo woodland was very quiet,Miombo Blue-eared Starling, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Southern Hyliota and Grey Penduline-tit. The open rank grassland had Dark-capped Yellow & Broad-tailed Warbler.At Mazowe Botanical reserve we had two Eurasian Honey Buzzards, Whyte’s Barbet, Broad-billed Roller, Brown-backed Honeybird.Overnighted at the Fourie’s
On day 4,04December 2014,we left Harare for Mana Pools where we had great views of Arnot’s Chat&various Raptors. We overnighted at Nyati Lodge.
On day 5,05December 2014,early morning start with African Crake at Nyati Lodge.We birded Mana Pools area had views of Green Sandpiper, Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails, Saddle-billed-,Yellow-billed-, Marabou-, Woolly-necked Stork& African Skimmer at Long Pool. Then Lilian’s Lovebird in great numbers.Dusky-, Village Indigobirds and Long-tailed Paradise Whydah in partial breeding plumage. White-backed-, Hooded-, White Headed-, Lappet-faced Vulture, Tawny-, Lesser Spotted-, Wahlberg’s-, Martial-, Long-crested Eagle. Brown-, Black-chested Snake Eagle &Bateleur.We overnighted at Nyati Lodge.
On day 6, 06December 2014, we travelled Mana Pools area and had Southern Ground-Hornbill, African Hawk-eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Lanner Falcon. We also had three Three-banded Coursers with a chick.Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Southern Carmine-, White-fronted-, European-, Swallow-tailed & Little Bee-eater.We overnighted at Nyati Lodge.
On day 7,07December 2014, we left Mana Pools for Mutare. Birding en-route; In the Vumba,Swynnerton’s-, White-starred Robin, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Robert’s Warbler, Eastern Saw-wing, Lemon Dove, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Miombo Tit & Singing Cisticola. Overnightedat Seldomseen.
Day 8, 08December 2014, Seldomseen to Mpingwe. Mozambique was as dry as Zimbabwe. At Coutada 12 we birded lowland forest and dambos and saw Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Eurasian- and African Orioles, Red-winged Warbler, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Tiny Greenbul, Mangrove Kingfisher, Southern Banded Snake-eagle, Crowned Eagle, Green-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Apalis, Plain-backed Sunbird, Narina Trogon, Red-throated Twinspot& White-chested Alethe. Overnighted at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.
On day 9,09December, we birded Catapu areain Zambezi Valley,Black-headed Apalis, Tiny Greenbul, Plain-backed Sunbird,Asian Lesser-, African-, Emerald-, Black-, Red-chested-, Jacobin Cuckoo&Pale Batis. Overnighted at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.
Day 10,10December, we went from Catapu to Chemba via Caia were we had Western Marsh Harrier and Yellow Wagtail. Then at Chemba, Böhms Bee-eaters 7 birds, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Red-backed Mannikin& Copper Sunbird. We slept at Grown Enery and had rain overnight.
On day 11,11December, we went from Chemba to Rio Savanne on a very wet road via Inhamitanga&Muanza, we had Short-winged Cisticolas, Black-winged Bishop, Red-backed Mannikin, African Golden Oriole, Mosque Swallow,European Nightjar, Pygmy-, Grey Headed Kingfisher and Palmnut Vuture.Overnighted at Motel Bispo, Beira.
Day 12, 12December,Rio Savanne to Ponta da Barra with occasional rain on route.At Ponto da Barra, we had Greater-, Lesser Sand Plover, Common-ringed-, Grey Plovers, Sandwich-, Swift-,Lesser Crested Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwit. We overnighted at Makolobay Lodge.
Day 13, 13December,Ponta da Barra to Xinavane. We went to a very wet Limpopo Floodplain and had Allen’s Gallinule, Lesser Jacana, Great Snipe, Painted-snipe,Black-throated Wattle-eye, Pygmy Goose, White-backed-, Fulvous-, White-faced Duck, Hottentot Teal, Little Bittern, Brown-throated & Yellow Weaver.
Day 14, 14December,an early morning departure for an uneventful border crossing at Komatipoort.We drove back home after a very successful tour.
We will try to accomplish the same on our next tours to the Southern Mozambique & Eastern Highlands and Harare Zimbabwe:Next trip 30 January – 13 February 2015.
Regards, Maans Booysen

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT 03 – 16

November 2014

AN EXCLUSIVE 15 DAY BIRDING TOUR TO

SOUTHERN CENTRAL  MOZAMBIQUE

and

ZIMBABWE

At 05h30 on 03 November  2014 our group, consisting of  Tim Desilets, Paul Netscher, John Kinghorn, and Maans Booysen, we met at  Randburg, and headed for the border at Komatipoort.

There were no problems crossing the border and we birded our way across the floodplains to Xai-Xai. Along the floodplains various species of water fowl were seen, all in large numbers.

We overnighted at Honeypot near Xai-Xai where we had great views of Barn Owl.

On day 2, 4 November  2014, after an early morning departure to Ponto do Barra, Inhambane, via Panda. The area very dry, the Miombo woodland very quiet with lots of nest and breading birds. Here we had Stierling’s Barred Wren-warbler, Red-faced Cisticola, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Southern Hyliota and Shortwinged Cisticola.

At Ponto da Barra, we had Crab Plover, Greater-and Lesser Sand Plovers, Little-, Lesser Crested Tern, and Bar-tailed Godwit. We overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

On day 3, 5 November  2014 we birded in and around Ponto da Barra concentrating on wader watching.

On day 4, 6 November  2014 we left Ponto da Barra for Uguana where we had great views of the Green Tinkerbird, Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails, Red-throated Twinspot, Tiny Greenbul, Woodward’s Batis, and Livingstone’s Flycatcher. We overnight at Morungulo Lodge again.

On day 5, 7 November 2014 we travelled from Morungulo, heading to Inhassoro. We had views of Olive Bee-eater at Vilanculo and at Inhassoro, also Red –necked Falcon. We stayed at Escola Hotel Estrelda do Mar, Inhassoro.

On day 6, 8 November 2014 we travelled from Inhassoro to Beira. En-route we had various raptors,  Dickinson’s Kestrel & Bateleur.

At Rio Savanne we had Locust Finch, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Great Snipe, Copper Sunbird and Palmnut Vuture. Overnight at Motel Bispo.

On day 7, 9 November 2014 we left Beira for Catapu.  Birding en-route: Eurasian- and African Orioles, Red-winged Warbler, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill, Kirk’s Francolin, Southern Banded Snake-eagle and Crowned Eagle.  Overnight  at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

Day 8, 10 November 2014: At Coutada 12 we birded lowland forest and dambos and saw:  Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, White-chested Alethe, East Coast Akalat, Black and White Flycatcher breading on nest. Red-winged Warbler, Green-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Apalis, Green Malkoha, Tiny Greenbul, Plain-backed Sunbird, Narina Trogon and African Broadbill. Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

On day 9 11 November we went from Catapu to Chemba in Zambezi Valley, via Caia here we had Böhms Bee-eaters 9 birds, and back to the Coutadas  Anchietta’sTchagra. Black and White Flycatcher, Black-headed Apalis, Green Malkoha, Tiny Greenbul & Plain-backed Sunbird. Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

Day 10, 12 November we went from Catapu to Gorongosa Red-winged Warbler and African Oriole. Racket-tailed Roller, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Plain-backed Sunbird, Red-faced Crombec, Pale Batis, Pennant-winged Nightjar, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Red-backed Mannikin. We slept at Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa.

On day 11, 13 November we went up Gorongosa Mountain where we had Pennant-winged Nightjar, Dark-capped Yellow-,  Moustached Grass Warblers, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Eastern Saw-wing, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Short-winged- and Singing Cisticolas, Black-winged Bishop, Red-backed Mannikin, Green-headed-, African Golden, Variable Sunbird, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbuls, Chirinda Apalis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Red-faced Crimsonwing, White-starred Robin, Mosque Swallow and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon. We slept again at Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa.

Day 12, 14 November 2014: Gorongosa to Vumba. Variable Sunbird, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbuls, Chirinda Apalis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Red-faced Crimsonwing, White-starred Robin, Buffspotted Flufftail, Southern Hyliota, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Red-faced Crombec, Cabanis’s Bunting, Mottled Swift, , Overnighted at Seldomseen, Vumba.

Day 13, 15 November 2014: Vumba to Lion & Elelephant Inn. We went up to Mutare Cabanis’s Bunting, Miombo Rock-thrush, Striped Pipit, Miombo-, Cinnamon Breasted Tit and  Whyte’s Barbet. At Runde Boulders Chat.

Day 14, 16 November 2014: Lion & Elelephant Inn to Centurion. An early morning departure for the border, uneventful crossing at Beitbridge. We drove back home after a very successful tour.

We will try to accomplish the same on our next tours to the same region: At 1 - 14 December 2014 and 30 January – 13 February 2015.

Regards

Maans Booysen

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT 06 – 20

January 2014

AN EXCLUSIVE 15 DAY BIRDING TOUR TO

SOUTHERN and CENTRAL  MOZAMBIQUE

INCLUDING CAIA AND TETE, AS WELL AS HARARE,

ZIMBABWE

The first breeding Böhm’s Bee-eaters (4 adults and 2

juveniles) and also the first Red-backed Shrike

encountered in in Southern Africa

At 04h30 on 6 January 2014our group, consisting of André Stapelberg, George Cox, Jansie Besaans and Maans Booysen, met at the Bosvelder Restaurant, Centurion, and headed for the border at Komatipoort.

There were no problems crossing the border and we birded our way across the floodplains to Xai-Xai. Along the floodplains Rufous-bellied Heron and various species of water fowl were seen, all in large numbers.

We overnighted at Honeypot near Xai-Xai where we had great views of Wood Owl.

On day 2, 7 January 2014, after an early morning departure to Ponto do Barra, Inhambane, via Panda,we had European Hobby, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Plain-backed Sunbird, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Southern Hyliota and Olive-headed Weaver.At Ponto da Barra, we had Greater-and Lesser Sand Plovers, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Crested Tern, and Bar-tailed Godwit. We overnighted at Makolobay Lodge.

On day 3 we left Ponto da Barra for Uguana where we had great views of the Green Tinkerbird.

On the way to Uguana we witnessed an interesting interaction between an Eleonora's Falcon and a Dickinson’s Kestrel.We also saw Böhm’s- and Mottled Spinetails, Red-throated Twinspot and Rufous-bellied Heron.  We overnighted at Makolobay Lodge again.

On day 4,9 January 2014we travelled from Ponto Da Barra, heading to Inhassoro via Uguana. We had even better views of the Green Tinkerbird,also seeing Green Malkoha, Tiny Greenbul, Woodward’s Batis, Red-throated Twinspot and Narina Trogon. We stayed at Seta Hotel, Inhassoro.

On day 5, 10 January 2014 we travelled from Inhassoro to Gorongosa. Again an early morning departure. En-route we had various raptors, Red-faced Crombec, Pale Batis, Arnot’s Chat, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Red-winged Warbler, Red-backed Mannikin. We slept at Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa.

On day 6 we went up Gorongosa Mountain where we had Dark-capped Yellow-,  Broad-tailed-and Moustached Grass Warblers, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Eastern Saw-wing, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Short-winged- and Singing Cisticolas, Black-winged Bishop, Magpie- and Red-backed Mannikin, Green-headed-and African Golden Orioles, Variable Sunbird, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbuls, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Chirinda Apalis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Red-faced Crimsonwing, White-starred Robin, Mosque Swallow and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon. We slept again at Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa.

On day 7 we left Gorongosa for Catapu.  Birding en-route: Eurasian- and African Orioles, Red-winged Warbler, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Cabanis’s Bunting, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Tiny Greenbul, African Broadbill, Kirk’s Francolin, Racket-tailed Roller, African- and European Hobbies, African- and Ayres’s Hawk-Eagles and Crowned Eagle.  Overnighted at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

Day 8, 13 January 2014: At Coutada 12 we birded lowland forest and dambos and saw:  Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Grey-headed Parrot, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Zambezi Indigobird, Broadtailed Paradise Whydah, White-chested Alethe, East Coast Akalat, Red-winged Warbler, Green-backed Woodpecker, Black-headed Apalis, Green Malkoha, Tiny Greenbul, Plain-backed Sunbird, Narina Trogon and African Broadbill. We heard Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo. Overnighted at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

On day 9 we went from Catapu to Chemba in Zambezi Valley, via Caia. Chemba then became the highlight of the trip when we discovered the first breeding Böhms Bee-eatersin Southern Africawith 4 adults and 2 juveniles!

Shortly after this exciting find, on a drive, we discovered the first Red-backed Shrike (a female) in our region! What a privilege, two super megas within 2 hours of each other!

We also had Black-eared Seedeater, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Böhms- and Mottled Spintetails, Collared Palm Thrush, Yellow Wagtail, Harlequin Quail and in the evening, Square-tailed Nightjar.  Overnighted at Chemba.

Day 10,15 January 2014: Tete and Zambezi Valley. Blue Quail, Red-winged Warbler and African Oriole.

We planned to explore further west along the Zambezi River, but after crossing a few flooded rivers, our progress was ultimately halted when we could go no further.  We were forced to retrace our steps all the back to Sakkie’s Camp, Gorongosa, where we slept over.

Day 11 and 12, 16 and 17 January 2014: Tete and Zambezi Valley. We saw Thick-billed Cuckoo, African Oriole, Red-throated Twinspot, African Hobby, Black-eared Seedeater and Red-winged Warbler. We spent both nights on island in the Cahora Bassa dam.

Day 13, 18 January 2014: Harare, miombo woodland and dambo birding: Southern Hyliota, Red-faced Crombec, Cabanis’s Bunting, Miombo Tit, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Black Coucal, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Rosy-throated Longclaw and Basra Reed-Warbler. Overnighted at Crake Cottage, Harare.

Day 14, 19 January 2014: Harare to Louis Trichardt. An early morning departure for the border, uneventful crossing at Beitbridge.

Day 15,20 January 2014: Louis Trichardt to Centurion. We drove back home after a very successful tour.

We will try to accomplish the same on the next tour to the same region: 1 - 14 November 2014.

Regards

Maans Booysen

 

 

Birding in Mozambique

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS

TRIP REPORT BIRDING TOUR 12th - 25th March 2013

TO CENTRAL SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE AND EASTERN

HIGHLANDS OF ZIMBABWE

Compiled by : Maans Booysen

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the South Central Mozambique and the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. We travelled in one vehicle, and our group of 4 were: Flick Mskenzie, Heather Taylor, Andre Staplelberg and Maans Booysen tour leader.

Day 1

We left at 04h30 for the Komatipoort border where we crossed into Mozambique. We birded en-route to Honeypot Camp near Xai-Xai, where we stayed.

Specials seen: Rufous-bellied Heron, Rufous-winged Cisticola, Senegal Lapwing.

Day 2

Birding around Panda area we had seen African Hobby, Mashona Hyliota, Pale Batis, Collared Pratincole, Black-eared Seedeater, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Red-faced Crombeck & Stierling’s Wren Warbler.

Then Wader watching at Ponto Da Barra produced: Crab-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, Sanderling, Lesser Crested Tern. Overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

Day 3

Birding in and around Ponto Da Barra here we’ve seen: Wader watching produced: Crab-, Grey-, Common Ringed-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, Little-, Swift-, Common-, Lesser Crested Tern, Common-, Terek Sandpiper, Little Stint, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greater Flamingo, Mangrove Kingfisher and Perregrine Falcon Overnight at Makolobay Lodge, Ponto Da Barra.

Day 4

Early morning from Ponto Da Barra, near Inhambane, African Hobby, Broad-billed Roller then at Unguana we found Green Tinkerbird and en-route Böhm’s- & Mottled Spinetails. Overnight at Seta Hotel Inhassoro.

Day 5

Early morning departure from Seta Hotel Inhassoro to Beira we had Brown-, Grey-headed Parrot later Red-Necked Falcon, Dickonson’s Kestrell at Save river, Honey Buzzard, Whalberg’s Eagle, Mosque Swallow en-route and Bat Hawk in Dondo. Overnight at Motel Bispo

Day 6

In Rio Savanne area we had Tiny Greenbul, Trupeter-, Crowned Hornbill, Fish Eagle at Nest in the Forrest Patch.

A very wet floodplain had various Herons and Egrets, African Openbilled-, Saddle-billed-, Yellowbilled Stork, Wattled Crane, Malachite Kingfischer, European-, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and Flappet Lark.

Then at the Rio Savanne Estaury we had: Grey-, Common Ringed-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, Little-, Swift-, Common-, Lesser Crested Tern, Common-, Terek Sandpiper, Little Stint, Sanderling. Overnight at Motel Bispo

Day 7

We departed for Catapu. We had Red-necked Falcon and Black Coucal on Pungwe Floodplain.

Then Cuckoo Hawk, Crowned Eagle, African Goshawk, Böhm’s Spinetail and Twinspot Indigobird in Lowland forrest.

African Mourning Dove, Golden -, Brown-throated- & Yellow Weaver, Black-winged Bishop, Various Ducks, Herons and Egrets and African Marsh Harrier at the Zambezi floodplain at Caia.

Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

Day 8

At Coutada 12 we saw, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, White-breasted Alethe, East Coast Akalat, Twinspot Indigobird, Red-faced Crombeck, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Woodward Batis, Red-backed Mannikins, Crested Guinefowl. Overnight at Mphingwe Camp, Catapu.

Day 9

Early morning departure from Mpingwe we had enroute: Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah, Twinspot Indigobird, Miombo Blue-eared Starlings, Bateleur, Brown-, Black Breasted Snake-eagle, Twany Eagle in Lowland forrest.

Then we had Southern Brown-throated-, Golden-, Yellow Weaver & Black-winged Bishop at Gorangoza town.

Later we had Red-winged Warbler, Mashona, Hyliota, Stierling’s Wren-warbler and Arnott’s Chat in the Miombo Woodland. Overnight at The Van Zyl’s Camp Gorongoza.

Day 10

At Gorongoza Mountain we had seen European Hobby, Harlequin Quail, Singing-, Short-winged-, Croaking Cisticola, Green-headed-, African Golden Oriole, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Broad-tailed Warbler, Cuckoo Finch, Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Red-throated Twinspot, Red-necked Spurfowl and Corn Crake.

Around the camp in Miombo woodland we had Red-winged Warbler, Red-faced Crombec, Pale Batis, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Stierling’s Wren-warbler, Arnott’s Chat, Green-backed- & Speckle-throated Woodpecker, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and Black-eared Seedeater,

Overnight at The Van Zyl’s Camp Gorongoza.

Day 11

Early morning departure from Gorongoza. Efortless through border posts, at the Vumba we had: Variable-, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Yellow-streaked-, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Chirinda Apalis, White-tailed Flycatcher, Robert’s Warbler, Narina Trogon and Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill in Montane forrest.

Overnight at Seldomseen Vumba

Day 12

Early morning departure to Cicel Kop whith the local guide Buluwezi, we had seen African Oriole, Southern Hyliota, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Cinnamon-breasted-, Miombo Tit, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Black-eared Sead-eater, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Cabanis’s Bunting and Whyte’s Barbet.

Later by on our own we had Variable-, Bronzy Sunbird, Olive Bush-Shrike, Chirinda Apalis, Yellow-streaked-, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, White-tailed Flycatcher, Robert’s Warbler, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Swynnerton’s Robin, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Eastern Saw-wing at Seldomseen where we Overnight.

Day 13

Early morning departure to Beitbrige via Lake Mutirikwi produced Scaly-feathered Finch, Greater Blue-eared-, Meve’s-, Buchell’s Starling, Yellow-mantled Widowbird and Lanner Falcon. We overnight in Louis Trichart.

Day 14

Early Morning depature for Pretoria and home by Midday.

Our Next Trip will be 23rd April – 6th May 2013

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

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Birding Weto Tours to Caprivi / Panhandle / Kunene / Walvisbay

 

August 10 – 28 / 2011

The Group were Elmien Adendorf, Tana Coetzer, Lenie Gouws, Celia van Heerden, Flick McKenzie & Maans Booysen tour leader.

Dust, Sand, and 6500 Kilometers of excellent birding by Flick McKenzie

We drove out of Centurion in the dark - 5 women with our guide, Maans Booysens of Weto Birding. Each of us had differing expectations and varying length ‘wish lists’.

With anticipation we headed north towards the Caprivi, Botswana’s Panhandle, and Northern Namibia

From the outset Maans made it his business to ensure that each of us saw as many of the regions specials, plus birds on our personal ‘want to see’ lists. We kicked off with Boulder Chat in the rocky hills near Francistown. We camped at Kasane and birded the surroundings and swampy areas, with elephant, warthog and waterbuck backdrops. It was here I first saw Shelley’s Sunbird, a special memory. I considered myself fortunate as we walked along the river towards a heronry and watched the locals, fishing. My fist view of a Western Banded Snake-Eagle was from a boat on the Zambezi and seeing Schalow’s Turaco was stunning - what a magnificent crest, even if it does topple forward! We enjoyed sunset near Kalizo Lodge, watching Luapula Cisticula in some rank growth along a marshy edge. Maans bashed on my door, late one night at River View Lodge, to get me up to view an African Barred Owlet. At dinner the following night a fellow enquired if we were the ladies running around in pyjamas the previous night. Behavior birders consider normal might appear strange to others. During the trip Maans had various reactions from the male public about being swamped by five women. Some offered help, others sympathy, others simply observed.

At Drotsky’s Cabins lifer lists began to lengthen as we visited Popa Falls, Mahango Game Reserve and took a boat trip on the Okavango. A few of the specials seen were Painted Snipe, Dwarf Bittern, African Skimmer, Pels Fishing Owl, Greater Swamp Warbler, Brown Firefinch and Chirping Cisticula.

At an early stage I became aware of Maans’s uncanny ability in the bush. He tunes into signs and sounds that the average is blissfully unaware of and the result is sightings most would miss. What an asset in a guide! Apart from the birding, a highlight for me on the Panhandle was the privilege of watching a female Sitatunga browsing in the floating papyrus. As she moved about we were able to observe her split hooves and the strange adapted gait required for mobility. Sightings of groups of Sable and Roan Antelope in the wild were also special and are stored in my memory bank.

At Shamvura, we spent two nights in comfortable safari tents, and Sousa’s shrike and the western race of the Rufous-bellied Tit were on the agenda and got ticks from all of us. We were so focused and delighted with the latter that we almost ignored a pair of Arnots Chat flitting about in the same area. At Sachenheim we had a great moment with good views of a group of the shy secretive Black-faced Babbler. The long hauls by road were broken by stops and ‘about turns’ chasing into the bush, after birds too numerous to list. From Rachet-tailed Rollers to Bradfield’s Swift to Augur Buzzard - I could go on and on.

The northern part of Namibia has had an extraordinary amount of rain in the last year which has left the roads in a fairly, to say the least, exciting state. Maans and the Toyota Quantum coped well but I traveled most of the last section to Kunene River Lodge with “oogies toe” Translate that as you wish - either ‘eyes shut’ or ‘in a state of prayer.’ .I was forced to open my eyes for the likes of Bare-cheeked Babbler, Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Monteiro’s Hornbill and Violet Wood Hoopoe. A bonus when I did open my eyes was a thickset, bottle shaped shrub, Pachypodium. Many were in full bloom and the beautiful showy, white flowers starkly contrasted with the arid rocky hillsides. We finally set up camp in the shade of some large trees and bamboos on the banks of the Kunene River. With sleeping quarters organized we happily set off to wine and dine at the lodge. In my tent, in the morning, I woke to the sound of rain. My heart sank. I then realized we had unwittingly pitched tents under a Quelea roost and I was not hearing rain! This was not ‘Was my face red?’ but ‘Was my tent white?’ The best plan was to ignore all this and get on with the birding. The targeted Cinderella Waxbill was seen by two of the group and the Grey Kestrel by all at a distance. To my delight the Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush behaved like common a garden bird around the camp and the White-tailed Shrike was frequently spotted while in the area.

On the final leg of this trip we overnighted comfortably at a hutted camp at Kamanjab and then headed for a cottage on the lagoon at Walvis Bay. On route we saw Herero Chat, Ruppell’s Korhaan, Larks, and Sandgrouse. At the saltpans we saw Common Redshank, Red-necked Phalarope and a Damara Tern. The latter, when it walked, reminded me of the way I was beginning to feel after all I had eaten on this trip. Its short legs forced a rolled waddle. To cap an already memorable trip, one final highlight before we headed home was to locate a Dune Lark pair. The male repeatedly displayed against a backdrop of blue sky and red dunes. Another of those ‘take the moment with you’ to savor when life’s road gets rocky.

An excellent trip was coming to an end. Maans successfully targeted our wish lists and the many of the local specials. He ensured that everyone had a good view and maintained a pace that all could manage. His ability to tune into the bush and keen eye kept us enthralled and ensured sightings that many would have missed. I certainly plan to do a trip with him in his regular guiding area, namely Mozambique and Eastern Zimbabwe.

Many photos taken by Maans are published on Roberts on Line and Roberts VII Multimedia. Should anyone require info on Maans and Weto Tours, I refer you to www.weto.co.za

 


Birding in Mozambique

 

Trip Report 27 September – 10 October 2012

Compiled by : JAPIE CLAASSEN
KAROO BIRDING SAFARIS

*We recently returned from a trip in conjunction with Maans Booysen's
Weto Tours to Mozambique and Eastern Zimbabwe. *

*Day 1 was a lot of driving from Pretoria to Honeypot near Xai-Xai. We
went quickly through the border post and on the Moz side saw inter alia
Saddle-billed Stork, Wahlberg's Eagle, Grey-rumped Swallow, Red-faced
Cisticola, Lizard Buzzard and Shikra.*

*Before dark we went to the Limpopo floodplains to look for
Rosy-throated Longclaw, but the floodplains were very dry and no RT
Longclaw. We actually spotted a Grass owl, Rufous-bellied Heron and
Openbill Stork.*

*Honeypot had a Wood Owl in camp and some people were lucky to see it.
Fiery-necked Nightjar was also calling through the night. *

*Day 2 took us to Inhambane via Panda. Along the road to Inharrime we
added African Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo Hawk and towards Panda Whiskered
Tern and Collared Pratincole. *

*Around Panda a lot of the indigenous forest is chopped down by the
locals. What will happen in future, you never know. We looked for
Olive-headed Weaver but couldn't find it. We, however, saw Pale Batis,
Neergaard's Sunbird, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Southern Hyliota and
Grey-rumped Swallow. It was extremely hot when we reached Panda and a
couple of people struggled with the heat.*

*We continued to Inhambane, had lovely views of Dickonson's Kestrel
along the way, and arrived just before dark at Barra.*

*Day 3 was wader bashing and the lagune hosted thousands of waders.
Strolling early morning through the mud and water, produced thousands of
Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Mongolian Sand Plover,
Greater Sand Plover, Common Whimbrel, Common Ringed Plover, Greater
Flamingo and Lesser Crested Tern. In the dune vegetation we saw
Brimstone & Lemon-breasted Canary, Collared & Scarlet-chested Sunbird
and Spectacled Weaver. A pond produced White-backed Duck, Pygmy Goose
and Purple Heron. Some people had luck in seeing a flying Sooty Falcon
but we couldn't track it down again.*

*On Day 4 we drove from Barra to Inhassoro. Large parts have been burned
down by the locals and that makes the finding of birds much more
difficult. Early morning we saw a flying Palm-nut Vulture and at the
first baobab trees, flying Bohm's and Mottled Spinetails. A detour to
Vilanculos gave more White-faced and White-backed Ducks, Pygmy Goose and
Arrow-marked Babblers. We found some Madagascar Bee-eater in town.*

*In Inhassoro we stayed at the Seta Hotel again and inside the hotel
grounds we saw Village Weaver, Grey-headed Bush Shrike and Southern
Boubou. *

*Day 5 took us from Inhassoro to Beira and along the way added Jameson's
Firefinch, Bearded Scrub-robin, Trumpeter Hornbill, Pale Batis, Cabanis
Bunting, Mosque Swallow, Dark Chanting Goshawk, European Honey Buzzard,
Southern Banded Snake-eagle, African Golden Oriole and Racket-tailed
Roller.*

*Day 6 was spent birding around Beira and towards Rio Savanne. The Bat
Hawks seem to be still happy in their tree and survive amongst the
citizens. Along the gravel road to Rio Savanne we saw Black-winged
Bishops and some Wattled Lapwing. In the forest patch along the road we
had good views of Eastern Nicator, Green Malkoha and Black-headed
Apalis. A walk to flush some bird produced Black-rumped Buttonquail and
a couple of Short-tailed Pipit. Where we parked a Pale Batis had a nest,
while Tropical Boubou played in the trees. On the grass was also
Temminck's Courser.*

*We moved deeper into the miombo veld and arrived at a pan where we
found Collared Pratincole, Rufous-bellied Heron, lots of African
Quailfinches, Flappet Lark and a Wood Pipit.*

*A drive past the airport gave Lesser Jacana, Village Indigobird,
Pink-backed Pelicans and Greater Honeyguide.*

*Day 7 and we drove from Beira to Catapu via the gravel road which
follows for most of the time the railway line. Some of the more unusual
birds along the way were Rufous-bellied Heron, Klaas's Cuckoo,
Red-winged Warbler, Broad-billed Roller, Black-eared Seed-eater, Western
Violet-backed Sunbird, Retz' Helmet-shrike, Grey-hooded Kingfisher,
Racket-tailed Roller Cabanis Bunting, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill and
Crowned Eagle.*

*On Day 8 we headed for the Catada bush in search for the "big birds".
On the way there we had Mosque Swallow, African Goshawk, Striped
Kingfisher and Shikra. Arriving at Catada one or two had flashing views
of a White-breasted Alethe after which we only heard it, but seen...
No!!! We had good views of East Coast Akalat and thereafter found
Bateleur, Crested Guineafowl, Plain-backed Sunbird, Tiny Greenbul,
Woodward's Batis, Livingstone's Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Apalis and
Bohm's Spinetail.*

*The waterholes at Mphingwe Lodge had brilliant birding from your chair
with 4 species of honeyguides, Greater, Scaly-throated, Lesser and
Pallid, lots of Red-backed Mannikins, Miombo Glossy Starling, Melba
Finch, Black Sparrowhawk, Tambourine Dove and Cuckoo Hawk.*

*Day 9 we went to the Zambezi River at Caia and had Sth Brown-throated
Weaver, Comb Duck, Goliath Heron, Afr Mourning Dove, Rufous-winged
Cisticola and Moustached Grass-Warbler. We couldn't find any Anchieta's
Tchagra as all the vegetation was burned down.We drove to Vila de Sena
looking for some rarities, but without any success. We saw Short-winged
Cisticola, Collared Palm-Thrush and Brimstone Canary.*

*On Day 10 we were heading south to Gorongosa and Environtrade Camp. We
had good views of Afr Hawk-eagle and Brown-hooded Parrot. A stop along
the road turned up Ashy Flycatcher, Grey-tit Flycatcher, Red-faced
Crombec and a Thick-billed Cuckoo which disappeared very quickly.*

*Late afternoon we went to Gorongosa Nat Park and convinced the gate
official that we can go towards the main gate. We saw some game like
Oribi, Kudu, Yellow Baboon, Sable and Suni along the road. There were
not many birds. At the look out on the Pungwe River we saw some Scarce
Swifts.*

*On Day 11 it was very early up to get to Mount Gorongosa. It was time
to look for Green-headed Oriole. The walk up the mountain didn't deliver
many birds. Once inside the forest we suddenly had a lot of birds with
Swynnerton's Robin, Livingstone's Turaco, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon,
African Golden Oriole, Red-faced Crimsonwing and Olive Sunbird. We had
lovely views of a pair of Green-headed Orioles and although you have to
lie on your back, the views were brilliant.*

*Going back from the forest, a Western Banded Snake Eagle circling along
the mountain and we saw Singing Cisticola, Pale Honeyguide, Anchieta's
Tchagra and Croaking Cisticola. *

*On Day 12 we were on our way to Zimbabwe and en route we had Red-faced
Crombec, Bearded Woodpecker, Cabanis' Bunting, Miombo Glossy Starling,
Broad-billed Roller and Arnot's Chat. In Zimbabwe we stayed at
Seldomseen in the Vumba.*

*Once in Zim we added Eastern Saw-wing, Gurney's Sugarbird,
White-starred Robin, Robert's Warbler and Chirinda Apalis to just name a
few.*

*Day 13 was spent in Vumba and we were guided by Peter and Avasi. We
started off with Olive Bush-shrike, Barrat's Warbler, Yellow-bellied
Waxbill and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird. Other birds included Red-throated
Twinspot, Bronzy Sunbird, Mottled Swift and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul.*

*On Day 14 we headed through many road blocks to Lion & Elephant Motel
at Bubi. Old Bob has appointed a lot of his youth league as policemen
and we had about 35 road blocks from Mutare to the motel. Most of the
time they were very polite and not giving us to much trouble. Good birds
along the way to add to our list include Black Stork, Peregrine Falcon,
Comb Duck and White-eared Barbet.*

*Day 15 we made it for Pretoria to end the tour. We ended up with 337
species of which a lot were lifers to our clients.*


 

Posted on by roncorylus

How does one put two weeks of birding in Mozambique into a few short paragraphs?  Well, its just impossible.  Renee and I flew to Johannesburg on Sunday 17 July and joined Maans Booysen of WETO at 04h30 next morning in Centurion for the start of our journey to our eastern neighbour.  With us were Japie and Ralie Claassen of Karoo Birding Safaris in Beaufort West, through whom we had arranged the trip, along with Dries Herbst from Pretoria, Sita Rootman, also from Pretoria, Cherry Mills from Hermanus, Dawid and Jean Roussouw from Prince Albert, Leonie Fouche from Graaff Reinet, and Hilda De Wit and Maria Andela from Beaufort West.  We travelled in three vehicles, each with a guide, and we were in the lead vehicle with Maans.

The journey to the border was uneventful and we started to get to know each other at petrol and pit stops.  At Komatipoort we were struck by the ladies who sat at the side of the road, ready to take our Rands in exchange for Meticais at whatever rate they could extract from us.  Then came the border with its standard fare of bribery and threats, but we got through relatively unscathed and proceeded into Mozambique.  We did not go as far as Maputo, but turned off to the north and took a gravel detour to Xai Xai, our first stopover.  The camp, named The Honeypot comprised a collection of wooden buildings which we managed to move into just prior to the power failing, after which we had no more lights, but nevertheless managed to get a good meal prepared over a small gas stove – just how, we never quite worked out!

Next day we set off early (as we did every day – standard rising time was 05h00 unless we had an earlier departure, in which case it was 03h30!) and made our way to the Limpopo floodplains for our first dose of special birds.  Thanks to Maans’ wonderful eyesight and incredible birding skills the lifers started to mount up and even he saw three on that first day!

We then drove on to Panda, where our principle objective was the Olive-headed Weaver, and we were not disappointed.  In a patch of brachystegia woodland we found it in a bird party along with Racket-tailed Rollers, Grey Penduline Tits, Red Faced Crombecs and many others.  And so it went on the birding front.  I will not attempt to name every bird we saw.  Suffice it to say that I personally noted 333 species of which 83 were lifers, bringing my total to 691.  This might not be huge by Mozambiquan standards, but one must remember that it was winter and the migrants were not present – otherwise we would have had far more.  What we did have was good weather on no mosquitoes, which was wonderful!  Maans was, as I have said, the finest guide one could wish for and I refer you to his website at www.weto.co.za for further information on the birds and his tour options.  I would also refer you to www.karoobirding.wetpaint.com, Japie Claassen’s site, should you be interested in Karoo birding trips.

Our next night was at Zavorra near to Inharrime.  Here we stayed in a resort comprising a couple of bungalows with a restaurant.  Once again the lights went out early, leaving us stranded in the dark.  We were beginning to think this was the norm.  Our cottage was on the beach and we were thrilled to see a Western Reef Heron flying low over us next morning as we prepared to depart.

Another day of intense birding and many more lifers brought us to Ponta de Barra, where we stayed for two nights in a resort near Barra Lodge called Makolo Bay, occupying two beach bungalows.  We had our first swim in the warm Indian Ocean and watched the dhows fishing in the flat, clear water.  Our birding comprised searching the mangrove swamps and adjacent beaches as well as the endless coconut palm covered plains and wetlands, and we missed the absent waders.

By now we were a coherent group and had got to know each other quite well – a good thing too as the walls in our cottages did not go right up and all sounds travelled with ease!  Eating arrangements were becoming entrenched – dinner at a restaurant at our overnight stop, with breakfast and lunch eaten on the road and normally comprising a bread roll and banana, bought from a stall at the side of the road.

Inhassoro and the Hotel Seta was our next stop, thankfully for only one night.  The hotel was quite okay, but the noise from the adjacent night club never ceased and they were still going strong as the sun rose.  We had our first (and last) sit-down breakfast!  On the road in, we passed through Vilankulos, but were disappointed in the town.  The birding, however, never ceased to amaze and the lifers continued to pile up every day.

After a long day on the road we arrived in Beira – and what a let-down that was.  It was sad to see how poverty stricken Mozambique is and this was nowhere more in evidence than in Beira.  Our hotel was on the outskirts and we could not believe that the track we turned onto would lead us to our digs for the next three nights.  Fortunately it led to a small oasis (in the Mozambiquan sense of the word) which was comfortable and where the lights stayed on all night.  Our birding whilst there was to the north, on the floodplains of the Rio Savane and the adjacent patches of dense forest where Greenbulls, Malkohas and Apalises abounded.  On the plains we saw new species of Waxbills as well as Pipits, Larks, and many others.

Early on Tuesday 26th, we set off for Catapu, just south of the Zambezi River.  I have thusfar omitted to say anything about the roads, which were very potholed in parts, especially the highway from Zimbabwe to Beira.  Others, like the EN1 which is the main north-south highway were, for the most part, pretty good.  Unfortunately, the same could not be said of the unpaved roads.  We were lucky to be there in the dry season and one could only imagine what they would be like in the wet!

At Catapu, we spent two nights in the very comfortable Mphingwe Camp.  This is situated in beautiful forest and our circular drive the next day included some very intense birding in the surrounding forests.  We were after the elusive East Coast Akalat and were not disappointed.  We failed to see the White-chested Alethe, despite long periods of sitting quietly in the dense undergrowth calling it, but were happy with a large flock of Silvery-cheeked Hornbills.

Then came the highlight of the trip, when we arrived in Piet and Ria’s van Zyl’s camp in the area adjacent to Gorongosa Park.  It was a very rustic set-up with a huge homestead and boma made of branches and reeds – quite unlike anything we had ever seen, and our accommodation was in tents under similarly rustic grass and reed covers.  We had two nights there (unfortunately the water supply was somewhat intermittent) and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality offered by our hosts.  Their daughter Gerbre, aged 16, guided us up onto the lower slopes of Mount Gorongosa on Friday.  It was an unforgettable experience.  After a nearly three hour drive up a very poor track, we walked the last few kilometres until we reached the rain forest, where we we greeted by sighting of the elusive Green-headed Oriole, a very special bird for South African birders.  Gerbre, one of four very talented children of the van Zyls, speaks English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, two local languages, as well as some Spanish.  She knows the names of all the birds in English, Afrkaans and Sena and was a very knowledgable guide, even describing some of the local geology.  And here’s the best part – she is self-taught, having been home schooled along with her equally talented siblings, whose only assistance has been some occasional input from their mother!  They are a truly remarkable family!

From Gorongosa with its special African aura, we travelled through Chimoio and Manica to Mutare in Zimbabwe for the last part of our trip.  We spent the night in the White Horse Inn in the Vumba (Renee and I had stayed there in 1969 and found it little changed).  Once again we were beset by electricity shortages, but had a good meal and a comfortable night.  The birding concentrated on Swynnerton’s Robin and we were lucky to have one approach to within a metre.  We also saw the elusive Buff-spotted Flufftail and some Red-throated Twinspots – all special birds for most of us, and we were ably assisted in our search by Peter, the long time guide at Seldomseen.  The Vumba region appeared little changed, compared with the rest of Zimbabwe, which has gone downhill rapidly since our last visit in 1992.

Next day saw us travelling to Lake Kyle and then on to the Lion and Elephant Inn on the Bubi River.  What had once been beautiful ranches with healthy herds of cattle was now a desert with nothing more than a few scrawny goats.  It was a shock to see and made us want to weep.  The country must now be at an all time low and, like so much of Mozambique, is broken by war, greed and misguided ideology.

On Monday 1st August we drove the 60km left to the Beit Bridge border post and crossed into South Africa again, well satisfied with our birding experience and sorry that it was over.  It was our first trip to Mozambique and it was an eye-opener.  The country has been laid bare by the ravages of war and its people have been brought to their knees.  One could measure the extent of the problem through birds – in two weeks I did not see a single Egyptian Goose, but I did see a bundle of live queleas on their way to market!  Now that really does say something about hunger.  For all that, the people were friendly and one sees the beginnings of new development in the region.  One can only keep one’s fingers crossed and hope that the country will go forward and regain some of its former economic independence.  The potential is certainly there.

Finally, I can only commend Maans for providing us with an unforgettable experience.  He has the most incredible ability to see and identify birds that most of us would never find.  One would have to go a long way to find a better guide.

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT

12th to 21st January 2011

TO Cape and Cruise MSC Melody


TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Cape, Western Cape then MSC Melody with Ian Sinclair to Walvisbay and back to Capetown. Then back to Pretoria via Brandvlei. We travelled in one vehicle, and our group of 4 were: Andre Stapelberg, Lesley Ryan, Ria Mynhardt and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Northern Cape we took a detour and travelled to a overflowing Gariep dam, birding en route. We saw lots of Lesser Kestrells flying to roost at Colesberg where we overnight.

Day 2

Early morning departure for Cape Receive. Blue Khorhaan en route. We had Roseate-, Swift-, Sandwich-, Common Terns & Black Oystercatchers at the roost at Cape Receive.

Day 3

We departed early for Knysna. En route we had Denham’s Bustard. Black- and Yellow-billed Kites. At Ebb & Flow where we overnight, we saw Knysna Turaco, Karoo Prinia, Alpine Swift & Sombre Bulbul.

Day 4

We departed early for Capetown. Near Caledon we had Agulhas Longbill Lark, Largebill Lark & Blue Cranes with young.

Birding at Boulders we saw African Penguin and at Rooi-els ; Cape Rockjumper, Cape Rockthrush, Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird.

Day 5

We departed for Robin Island where we spent two hours with the local parks & marine biologist . We had Chukar Partridge, Peafowl, Black Oystercatchers nesting and with young, Common Starlings, Swift Tern Roost, Cape Gull Breading Colony, African Penguin, Cape-, Crowned-, Bank Cormorant, Rock Kestrell and Common Buzzard. Later We Visit Tokaai were we had Chaffinch & Cape Siskin.We overnight at Kommetjie and saw Chaffinch in Camp.

Day 6-10

We travelled to Cape point where we saw the Hottentot Buttonquail, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird , Orange-breasted Sunbird.

Then we were off to Capetown harbour where we embark on the MSC Melody for a Birding Cruise led by Ian Sinclair. The next four days pass to quick. We had great views of birds in good numbers and information given generously by our host Ian. We shared a great time on deck with lots of fun and laughter.

Day 11

Mid morning departure for Clanwiliam. Birding en route at Westcoast National Park where we have seen Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Cape Penduline Tit, Cape Bulbul, Greyback Cisticola & Cape Spurfowl. Overnight at Clanwilliam.

Day 12

We departed early for Van Wyksvlei. At Clanwilliam we had Protea Seedeater. Then at Botterkloof Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Layards Titbabler, Then near Brandvlei Black-eared -, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Tracktrack Chat, Karoo Chat, Karoo-, Red-, Spikeheeled lark, Karoo Longbill Lark, Karoo Korhaan,Namaqua Sandgrouse& Southern Shellduck. Had heavy rain (30mm) a very wet Karoo.We overnight at Van Wyksvlei

Day 13

We departed early for Pretoria; very wet dirt roads. Near Kimberley Western Redfooted Kestrell with Lesser kestrell & Amur Falcon.

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 December 2015 08:58 )
 

BIRDING TOUR 27th November to 11th DECEMBER 2010

WETO BIRDING TOURS

BIRDING TOUR 27th November to 11th DECEMBER 2010

TO CENTRAL SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE AND EASTERN HIGHLANDS OF ZIMBABWE

TRIP REPORT

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.

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, XAI-XAI, PANDA & PONTO DA BARRA. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR 16th - 22nd FEBRUARY 2011

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:05 )
 

WETO BIRDING TOURS 27th November to 11th DECEMBER 2010

 

 

 

TRIP REPORT

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.

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, XAI-XAI, PANDA & PONTO DA BARRA. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR 16th - 22nd FEBRUARY 2011

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

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

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:49 )
 

WETO BIRDING TOURS TRIP REPORT BIRDING TOUR 12th to 21st January 2011

 

TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

 

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Cape, Western Cape then MSC Melody with Ian Sinclair to Walvisbay and back to Capetown. Then back to Pretoria via Brandvlei. We travelled in one vehicle, and our group of 4 were: Andre Stapelberg, Lesley Ryan, Ria Mynhardt and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Northern Cape we took a detour and travelled to a overflowing Gariep dam, birding en route. We saw lots of Lesser Kestrells flying to roost at Colesberg where we overnight.

Day 2

Early morning departure for Cape Receive. Blue Khorhaan en route. We had Roseate-, Swift-, Sandwich-, Common Terns & Black Oystercatchers at the roost at Cape Receive.

Day 3

We departed early for Knysna. En route we had Denham’s Bustard. Black- and Yellow-billed Kites. At Ebb & Flow where we overnight, we saw Knysna Turaco, Karoo Prinia, Alpine Swift & Sombre Bulbul.

Day 4

We departed early for Capetown. Near Caledon we had Agulhas Longbill Lark, Largebill Lark & Blue Cranes with young.

Birding at Boulders we saw African Penguin and at Rooi-els ; Cape Rockjumper, Cape Rockthrush, Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird.

Day 5

We departed for Robin Island where we spent two hours with the local parks & marine biologist . We had Chukar Partridge, Peafowl, Black Oystercatchers nesting and with young, Common Starlings, Swift Tern Roost, Cape Gull Breading Colony, African Penguin, Cape-, Crowned-, Bank Cormorant, Rock Kestrell and Common Buzzard. Later We Visit Tokaai were we had Chaffinch & Cape Siskin.We overnight at Kommetjie and saw Chaffinch in Camp.

Day 6-10

We travelled to Cape point where we saw the Hottentot Buttonquail, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird , Orange-breasted Sunbird.

Then we were off to Capetown harbour where we embark on the MSC Melody for a Birding Cruise led by Ian Sinclair. The next four days pass to quick. We had great views of birds in good numbers and information given generously by our host Ian. We shared a great time on deck with lots of fun and laughter.

Day 11

Mid morning departure for Clanwiliam. Birding en route at Westcoast National Park where we have seen Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Cape Penduline Tit, Cape Bulbul, Greyback Cisticola & Cape Spurfowl. Overnight at Clanwilliam.

Day 12

We departed early for Van Wyksvlei. At Clanwilliam we had Protea Seedeater. Then at Botterkloof Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Layards Titbabler, Then near Brandvlei Black-eared -, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Tracktrack Chat, Karoo Chat, Karoo-, Red-, Spikeheeled lark, Karoo Longbill Lark, Karoo Korhaan,Namaqua Sandgrouse& Southern Shellduck. Had heavy rain (30mm) a very wet Karoo.We overnight at Van Wyksvlei

Day 13

We departed early for Pretoria; very wet dirt roads. Near Kimberley Western Redfooted Kestrell with Lesser kestrell & Amur Falcon.

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, XAI-XAI, PANDA & PONTO DA BARRA. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR 7 days 16th FEBRUARY 2011

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel: +27(0)729166103

Or visit: www.weto.co.za

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