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TRIP REPORT

WETO BIRDING TOURS

 

BIRDING TOUR 24th Feb. to 06th March 2011

TO HARARE AND EASTERN HIGHLANDS OF ZIMBABWE

AND THE CENTRAL SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

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 two vehicles, and in our group of 7 were: Ray & Helen Birram, Gloria Heffer and myself. In the second vehicle were Sonja Geldenhuys, Brett Geldenhuys and Johnathan Booyse.

 

Day 1

After crossing into Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge, we  travelled to Masvingo, Seen: Boulder Chat and Amur Falcons.  At  Norma-Jeanes we spent the night.

 

Day 2

Early morning before departure Miombo Double-collared Sunbird.  Seen at Crake Cottage, (Harare) were: Miombo Double-collared-, Variable Sunbird, Senegal Coucal.

At Monavale vlei, feeding on droves of termites after the rain: Black Coucal, Cuckoo Finch, Yellow-mantled Widowbird and three Stripe Crake in pathway. Overhead we had a European Hobby, Marsh Owls, Amur Falcon, in a feeding frenzy. One Amur was caught by Black Sparrowhawk after prolonged chase.

 We spent the night at Crake Cotage.

 

Day 3

We departed early for Monavale vlei with Ian Riddel to meet John with his hounds to help us find the Streaky breasted Flufftail and Crakes.We found four African Crakes and one Corn Crake.

Then we went to Marlbarough vlei where we had: Rossy throated Longclaw, Pale-crowned -, Croaking Cisticola and Marsh Harrier.

Then to Cleveland Lake where we’ve heard the Streaky–breasted Crake and flussed Corn & African Crake.

At Haka Park: Spotted Creeper, Miombo Rockthrush.

Then at Crispen Bank: Collared Flycather, African Oriole & Southern Boubou. We overnight at Crake Cotage.

 

Day 4

Early morning departure for Gosho Park, here we had: Copper Sunbird, Miombo Rockthrush, Miombo Tit, Black-eared Sead-eater and Whyte’s Barbet.

Near Juliasdale we had Bronzy Sunbird, Barratt’s Warble, Tree Pipit and Yellow-bellied Waxbill.

On Nyamingura road we had a mix of  Eleonora’s Falcon & European Hobby feeding on flying termites and they were joined by Mottled and Scarce Swifts in this feast.

Overnight at Aberfoyle.

 

 Day 5

Birding at Aberfoyle produced: Lesser Cuckoo, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Red- necked Francolin.

Black-winged Bishop, Short-winged Cisticola. Later Augur Buzzard on road to Mutare.

Then at Burma valley we had Twinspot Indigobird. At the Vumba: Copper Sunbird, Red-throated Twinspot, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Eastern Saw-wing, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Red-throated Twinspot. We spent the night at the White Horse Inn.

 

Day 6

 

An early departure for the Gorongosa area where we saw the Collared Palm Thrush, Brown-throated Yellow Weaver & Black-winged Bishop at the Pungue river.

Red-winged Warbler,  Cabanis’s Bunting,  Mashona,- Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Rackettailed Roller , Brown-, Grey-headed Parrot & Green-backed Woodpecker. Overnight at Environtrade Camp

 

Day 7

We departed for Catapu where we spent two nights at Mpingwe Camp. The surrounding area produced: Dickonson’s Kestrell, Böhm’s Spinetail.  At Coutada 12 we saw Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Miombo Blue-eared Starlings, Mosque Swallow, Emerald Cuckoo, Livingstone’s Flycatcher,White-breasted Alethe, Plain-backed Sunbird, Black-headed Apalis, Tiny Greenbul, and Lesser Spotted Eagle, to name a few.

We travelled to Caia where we saw the Moustached Warbler, Golden -, Brown-throated- & Yellow Weaver, Black-winged Bishop,  Red-faced Crombeck, Perigrine Falcon & African Marsh Harrier.

 

Day 8

 

Mpingwe Camp the surrounding area produced: Grey-headed Parrot, Böhm’s Spinetail. 

At Coutada 12 we saw Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah, Twinspot Indigobird, Miombo Blue-eared Starlings, Cabanis’s Bunting, Mosque Swallow, Emerald Cuckoo, Orange-winged Pytilia & Honey Buzzard.

 

Day 9

We travelled to the Vumba. En route: Western Banded Snake Eagle, African-, European Oriole   Broad-billed Roller,

At the Vumba: Singing Cisticola, Pallid Honeyguide and several other species were seen. We spent the night at the White Horse Inn.

 

Day 10

In the Vumba area: Copper Sunbird, Red-throated Twinspot, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Robert’s Warbler, Eastern Saw-wings, Orange Ground Thrush.

Then  to The Lion & Elephant inn where we overnight.  

 

 Day 11

Homeward bound. Barred Owllet at Threeway Safaris.

 

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, XAI-XAI, PANDA & PONTO DA BARRA. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR 17th TO 26th March 2011

 

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel:  +27(0)729166103

 

Or visit:                                          www.weto.co.za

 

 

 

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS

 

BIRDING TOUR 16th to 22nd FEB 2011

TO  SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

 

TRIP REPORT

TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

 

 

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the  Southern  Mozambique.  We travelled in one vehicle, and our group of 4 were:  Elmien Adendorf , Tana Coetzer Philip Fry and myself.

 

DAY 1           

 

We left at 06h00 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, African Hobby . 

 

 DAY 2

 

Birding in and around Panda seen Mashona Hyliota, Pale Batis,  Collared Pratincole, Black-eared Canary, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Red-faced Crombeck & Stierling’s Wren Warbler. Overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

 

DAY 3

 

Birding in and around Ponto Da Barra here we’ve seen: Pigmy Goose, White–backed Duck, Brown-headed Parrot.  Wader watching produced:  Crab-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, Great Knot, Lesser Crested Tern, Terek Sandpiper, and Bar-tailed Godwit. Overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

 

DAY 4

 

Early morning Ponto Da Barra, Inhambane. :  Lesser Crested Tern, Terek Sandpiper, Crab-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, and Bar-tailed Godwit. Birding en-route to Massinga Böhm’s- & Mottled Spinetails, & Lemon-breasted Canary.  Overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

 

 DAY 5

 

Birding around Ponto Da Barra: main focus were wader watching: Lesser Crested Tern, Terek Sandpiper, Crab-, Greater Sand- & Lesser Sand Plovers, and Bar-tailed Godwit. Later Square -tailed Nightjar.

 Overnight Makolobay.

 

DAY 6

 

Early morning departure to Xai-Xai, birding en-route and seen: Olive-headed Weaver, Racket-tailed Roller, European-, African Hobby,  Perregrine- & Eleonorus Falcon. Overnight at Honeypot Camp.

 

DAY 7

 

Early morning departure to border post and back to Centurion where we arrived late afternoon. Birding along floodplains we had seen: Black Coucal, Rufous-Bellied Heron, Southern Banded Snake- Eagle & Honey Buzzard.

 

 

OUR NEXT MOZAMBIQUE TOUR WILL BE TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE, 02-08 August 2011

 

For more information, contact:

MAANS BOOYSEN

Tel:  +27(0)729166103

 

Or visit:                                          www.weto.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

WETO BIRDING TOURS

 

BIRDING TOUR 12th to 21st January 2011

TO Cape and  Cruise MSC Melody

 

TRIP REPORT

TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

 

 

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Cape & Western Cape then aboard the 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. We saw lots of Lesser Kestrells roosting 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 too 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 third 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

 

 

10th to 16th February 2010 SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

BIRDING TOUR 10th to 16th February 2010 
TO THE SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

TRIP REPORT
TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to
Southern  Mozambique. We raveled in one vehicle,
 and our group of four were: Jansie Besaan, Lesley
Ryan, Ria Mynhardt and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Mozambique at Komatipoort we traveled along
the Komati river floodplains were we seen Senegal Lapwing, 
European Hobby,  Southern anded Snake Eagle, Tawny Eagle 
and Booted Eagle en route to Xinevane. Then Rufous-bellied Heron
 near Macia. We overnight at Honeypot at 3 de Ferreiro.
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2011 10:52 ) Read more...
 

MARIEVALE, WAKKERSTROOM, WITSIESHOEK AND GOLDEN GATE

22 – 28 JANUARY 2010

BY MAVIS CRUNDWELL

 

 

I drove to Brooklyn Mall where I met June Holmes and we collected our documentation for our

cruise in March – unfortunately the tickets were not available yet.

We had coffee and a light lunch together, then I did some shopping before driving on to Centurian where I spent the night at Pete’s Retreat. Both Pete and his wife Hester were very friendly. I had a very comfortable and quiet room and a good sleep.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:07 ) Read more...
 

Southern Mozambique - D MacGillivray

I have just returned from a seven day trip to Southern Mozambique organized
and led by Maans Booysen of WETO tours. I won't provide a comprehensive bird
list but will rather attempt a narrative of the trip.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2010 12:04 ) Read more...
 

Zim-Moz 3-13 DEC 2009

BIRDING TOUR 3rd to 13th DECEMBER 2009

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 two vehicles, and in our group of 8 were:  Dan Sonnenberg, Pieter Pieterse, Lesley Ryan and Ria Mynhardt travelling together. In the second vehicle were Magriet Karstel, Chrisna Joubert, Lydia van Rooyen and myself.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2010 12:02 ) Read more...
 

WETO Birding Trip report 13 -20 June 09

Our group were Louis & Charnelle du Toit, Jan & Lizl Niemand and Maans Booysen. We visited Southern Mozambique for a 7 day trip. We left Pretoria on 13th June 06h30. At 12h00 we crossed the border at Komatiepoort and followed dirt road adjacent to river via Moamba to Xinavane where we join the EN1 to Xai Xai..Species seen enroute were Senegal Lapwing, Tambourine –, Emerald Spotted Wood –dove and Grey Rumped Swallows. We overnight at Honeypot camp at 3 De Ferreiro 20 km South of Xai Xai. Then via Limpopo floodplains where we seen Rosy Throated Long claw, Black Tern, Rufous Bellied Herron, Lanner Falcon to name a few then to Xai Xai to Inharime and to Panda.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2009 17:03 ) Read more...
 


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Newsflash

Text and photographs by Dan Nuttall 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding February 1998 Vol.3, No.1)

A first sighting is a rare pleasure, something that lingers in the minds of most birders. Today is no exception. What makes this particular sighting so indelible is my awareness that very few people have seen this species. But here, literally in hand, are 12 Olive-headed Weavers - an intriguing and rarely seen species. Courtesy of Robert Prys-Jones, I am sitting amidst the vast avifaunal collection of the Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, England. The collection forms a part of the larger faunal collection of the British Natural History Museum.