Friday, 27 February 2015

Polokwane Game Reserve: 16th & 17th February.

Polokwane Game Reserve.

I arrived here at around 3 pm & found accommodation. The place is in a time warp! It is exactly how I remember it from over a decade ago!

Drove & walked around the reserve until dusk. It is a very pleasant place to bird; a mixture of thornveld, grassland & general bush land. The weather was great, not too hot.

Many Storks come to loaf around on the lake
 in the afternoon.
Marabou & White Storks.

I was up at dawn & into the reserve. A beautiful day, wonderful weather & some good birds. Drove & walked around the entire reserve.


Mammals included White Rhino; Nyala; Giraffe; Blue Wildebeest; Impala;  Black-backed Jackal & Slender Mongoose.


Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Cardinal Woodpecker.

Red-chested Cuckoo.

Male Diederic Cuckoo courtship feeding.

Groundscraper Thrush.

White-throated Robin-Chat.

Arrow-marked Babbler.

Spotted Flycatcher.

Marico Flycatcher.

Crimson-breasted Boubou.

Southern Masked Weaver

White-winged Widow.

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Best birds were:
Ostrich 3; White Stork 35; Marabou Stork 210; Lesser Spotted Eagle; Ovambo Sparrowhawk 1; Gabar Goshawk 1; Eurasian Hobby 1; Black Cuckoo 3; Acacia Pied Barbet 1; Brown-backed Honeyguide 2;  White-throated Robin-Chat 1;  Kalahari Scrub Robin 2; Icterine Warbler 1; Tinkling Cisticola 4; Fiscal Flycatcher 4; Bushveld Pipit 2; Crimson-breasted Shrike 3; Great Sparrow 2; Scaly-feathered Finch 5; Violet-eared Waxbill  4 & Black-throated Canary 10+.

A nice evening catching up on notes & photographs.

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