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Reports on the birding trips that we do. To have your own experiences noted here, please email your trip report to us.

Central Southern Mozambique and Eastern Zim Highlands

After the wonderful birding trip which I did with Maans Booysen of WETO during April 2008, he contacted me again earlier this year to advise me that he had place for one person in his vehicle for an 11 Day Birding Trip to Central Southern Mozambique and the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, I jumped at the opportunity !!

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 April 2009 17:48 ) Read more...
 

Xai Xai, Inhambane and Panda - 26th Feb - 3rd March 09

Just come back from Mozambique XaiXai, Inhambane & Panda. A 6 day trip 26th Feb to 3rd March. Our group were Margaret MacIver, my parents Frikkie & Gerda Booysen and I. We had vehicle problem a broken handbrake that jammed the back wheel. After the help of Martiens the best motor mac. that I had encounter resident at Honeypot camp and two hours later we were on our way again. Stayed at Honeypot at 3 De Ferreiro.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2009 10:37 ) Read more...
 

Xai Xai, Inhambane & Panda - 26th Feb - 3rd March 09

Just come back from Mozambique Xai Xai, Inhambane & Panda. A 6 day trip 26th Feb to 3rd March. Our group were Margaret MacIver, my parents Frikkie & Gerda Booysen and I. We had vehicle problem a broken handbrake that jammed the back wheel. After the help of Martiens the best motor mac. that I had encounter resident at Honeypot camp and two hours later we were on our way again. Stayed at Honeypot at 3 De Ferreiro. We had Black Coucal at the Limpopo Floodplain on our way to Ponto Da Barra. There we had 176 Crab Plovers, 300 Lesser Crested Terns, 20 Terrek Sandpipers, Swamp Nightjar, Lemmon Breasted Canary, Collared Palmthrush, Honey Buzzard to name a few. We then headed for Panda. On our way African Hobby -1 immature and two adults. Pied Manikin, White Breasted Cuckooshrike, Olive Headed Weaver, Mashona Hyliota, Pink Throated Twinspot, Pale Batis, Cuckoo Hawk & Black Sparrowhawk.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 August 2009 20:28 ) Read more...
 

Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique 19-29 March 09

We are back after a satisfying birding trip to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique. Our group consisted of John & Elize McAllister, Machiel & Dansie Bester, Mavis Crundwell & Maans Booysen (group leader). We left Pretoria on the 19th of March in the rain and were joined by the McAllister’s at Musina. We drove to Masvingo after crossing into Zimbabwe at Beitbridge, birding en route.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2009 10:35 ) Read more...
 

Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique 19-29 March 09

We are back after a satisfying birding trip to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique. Our group consisted of John & Elize McAllister, Machiel & Dansie Bester, Mavis Crundwell & Maans Booysen (group leader). We left Pretoria on the 19th of March in the rain and were joined by the McAllister’s at Musina. We drove to Masvingo after crossing into Zimbabwe at Beitbridge, birding en route.

The following day we left Masvingo for Seldomseen. Highlights of the day were Sooty Falcons hawking insects near Masvingo, later Eleonora’s Falcon at Nyika. Northern Hobby -, Lanner Falcon at Brichenough Bridge. We also had Miombo specials: Miombo Tit, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird and Scarce Swift. At Seldomseen Bronzy -, Variable -, Malachite Sunbirds, Gurneys Sugarbird, East African Swee, Red-faced Crimsonwings, Red-throated Twinspot, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Swynnerton’s Robin, White-tailed Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Brier’s Warbler, Eastern Saw-wings, Orange Thrush, Scarce & Mottled Swifts to name a few.

Then we left for Gorongosa overnight at Environtrade. The road to the mountain was too wet and we did not look for Green-headed Oriole. We saw Red Winged Warbler, Short Winged-, Singing Cisticola, Red-faced Crombec, Arnot’s Chat, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Moustached Warbler, Collared Palm-thrush, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Red Headed Quelea, and Black–winged Bishop.

Then we were off to Catapu, and overnighted at M’pingwe Camp. We had Twinspot Indigobird, Broadtail Whydah, Southern-banded Snake-eagle, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Tiny Greenbul, Livingstone Flycatcher, Orange-winged Pytilia, African Broadbill, Grey-headed Parrot, Böhm’s Spinetail, Mosque Swallow and at Caia Long-toed Lapwing, Lesser Jacana & Lesser Moorhen.

After two nights at Catapu we went to Beira, there we had Red Necked and Peregrine Falcon, African Marsh Harrier, Wattled Crane, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-headed Apalis, Tiny Greenbul, Red-throated Twinspot, Green-backed Honeybird, Caspian Plover, Mangrove Kingfisher, Blue-spotted Wood-dove, lots of Open-billed Storks, various Egrets and Herons area where flooded lots of water around.  

After two nights at Beira we left for Inhassoro: Pygmy Goose, Cabanis’s Bunting, Pied Mannikin & Lemon Breasted Canary. Then on to Ponto da Barra, Bohm’s - and Mottled Swift, Crab Plovers (178), Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Crested Tern & Bar-tailed Godwit.

Then to Xai Xai here we had Rufous-bellied Heron, Black Coucal & Red-headed Quelea. Then back to Pretoria.  

Our next trip will start on 16 till 26 April we will then go via Masvingo to Eastern Zimbabwe & Seldomseen to Mozambique where we will visit Gorongosa, Beira, Caia & Catapu then back to Pretoria via Zimbabwe to give more birding time and less travel.

More info contact Maans Booysen +27(0)729166103 or visit www.weto.co.za

Regards Maans Booysen

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 August 2009 20:27 )
 


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Newsflash

 

 

Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took: On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best.A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird party feeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler.