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BAHATI CARAVAN PARK & GAME FARM CAMPING WEEKEND (2ND TO 4TH NOVEMBER 2018)

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Bahati is a privately-owned game farm set in superb bush environment in the heart of Zululand, close to the town of Hluhluwe. The camp sites are nestled in among the trees and boasted a nesting Grey-tit Flycatcher just above us and a very vociferous and elusive Nicator that called all day. Several sites have their own lapas next to them and we were fortunate to have one of these. Mike and I went up on the Wednesday to scout out the area and plan our walks etc as we had not been there before. The weather had other ideas and Thursday dawned wet and cold, so we did our birding from under the shelter of the Lapa plus a couple of forays out into the surrounding bush between showers. Later in the afternoon we did a drive around which proved challenging as part of the property is sticky black mud and…

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Outing to Glenholme N.R. Wednesday 21 November

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This was a new venue for many of the participants. The reserve is at the Kloof SPCA and run and maintained by WESSA. The trails through the  grassland are well kept and regularly cut and WESSA  have a monthly walk led by Jean Senogles. The SPCA Peacocks have definitely increased in numbers over the years and we could hear their harsh calls all morning!

The weather forecast showed heavy rain all morning, but fortunately for the 11 birders there wasn’t a drop of rain, although the cloudy skies and gloomy conditions made bird ID a little challenging at times.

First of all we explored the grassland trails and some of the species we recorded were Knysna and Purple-crested Turacos, White-eared and Black-collared Barbets, Black Cuckooshrike, Sacred Ibis, Rock Martin, African Black Swift, Neddicky, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Amethyst and Olive Sunbirds, Violet-backed Starling, Olive Thrush. We saw  a Common Buzzard, two White-necked…

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