South Africa Ornithology - Bird Watching in South Africa

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Bird Watching in South Africa

The Country supports about 900 bird species(a tenth of world population) and of these more than 130 are endemic.This great diversity is supported by phenomenal environmental range - desert and grassland, forests, mountains, cliffs, lakes, lagoons, and coastline rich in marine life. The regional variation is huge so keen birdwatchers should aim to cover a range of habitats. Kruger National Park is particularly renowned

Maria Maroka National Park

The Maria Maroka National Park offers 3400ha of enchanting scenic beauty. Its wide-open plains are cupped in natural amphitheatre formed by majestic Thaba Nchu (Black) mountain, and other smaller hills.
Bird watchers, too, will find plenty to occupy themselves with at Maria Moroka. Over 200 species of bird have been identified in the area.

Austin Robert Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary was established by the city council in 1955 on the site of a brick factory. It's great flocks of herons and egrets return at dusk every evening to roost in this leafy nature reserve in the middle of Pretoria's built up eastern suburbs, Many other birds that forage in and around the city by day find shelter in the sanctuary about 170 species have been recorded and it is also home to several small types of antelope.

Ndumo Game Reserve

This is a superb selection of birds and scenic varieties are chief drawcards of this wetland paradise. Ndumo is one of the smallest of Kwazulu Natal's many reserves where about 420 different avian species have been identified within the reserve - almost as many as you will find in the whole vastness of Kruger National Park. The Sanctuary is also for white rhinos, buffalloes, giraffes, Leopards and varoius antelope.

Lesser Flamingo

Distinguished from great flamingos by their smaller size and red bill, often congregate in large flocks.

Hartlaub Gulls

Endemic to the west coast and forage for food along the shore in the early morning hours.

The Curler

Their long curved bill enables it to probe the mud for small crustaceans.