Birding on the Lower South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal


The last couple of days I enjoyed quite a bit of birding in various habitats.  There were the African Black Oystercatchers, Little Egret, Three-banded Plover, Giant Kingfisher, Hadeda Ibis, Banded Martin, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Western Osprey, Blacksmith Lapwings and a Fish Eagle at the lagoon. Some Kelp Gulls were flying in for a cross the ocean.

mar 21 african black oystercatcher1 b kelp gullmar 20 Western OspreyThree-banded Plover

In the coastal forest the best sighting was that of a Knysna Turaco and then there was the Black-collared Barbet, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Bark-capped Bulbul, White-bellied Sunbird, Village Weavers, Cape White-eye, Amethyst Sunbird, Black Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole, Bronze Mannikin, Cardinal Woodpecker, Green Wood Hoopoe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Red-eyed Doves, Black-bellied Starling, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Spectacled Weaver, Thick-billed Weaver and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird also showing up. Not to mention the other bird species hopefully correctly identified from their melodies and sounds in the thickets.

mar 19 green wood hoopoeMar 20 Amethyst sunbird1 cape white eyemar 19 thick billed weaver

With the seasons changing, the Village Weaver males…

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