Twin Falls, Karkloof, KZN

Birds are our Story

25th June 2020

Sally’s physiotherapist suggested that we visit Twin Falls to do some birding which has indigenous forest – a farm a few kilometres past Karkloof Conservancy near Howick, KZN.

As the name implies one wanders through indigenous forest following a stream up to two separate waterfalls. It is a South African Natural Heritage site No.68 and apparently is popular with birders.

Sally made the arrangements for our visit with Victor Shaw – Tel: 082 685 8106. On arrival at the farm we were met by Tracy who directed us to the start of the walk. The cost is R50 per person. Tracy opened up one of the cottages and told us that it had tea and coffee inside if we would like some at the end of our walk. There are 2 self-catering cottages on the property.

Tracy also offered us the chance to take a guide which…

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Weenen Nature Reservation

Birds are our Story

Sunday 5th July 2020

On impulse, Sally and I decided to visit Weenen Nature Reserve which was open for day visitors.

We arrived at 07h30 – an hour and a half hour drive from home.

After checking in and doing all the Covid-19 paperwork we headed into the reserve. Almost immediately we saw three special species all together. A common Quail, Chestnut-rumped Warbler (aka Tit-Babbler) and a Fiscal Flycatcher. The latter turned up everywhere we went during the day. Of course as we watched them along came two vehicles and we had to move off. Typical.

Fiscal Flycatcher – Quail and Warbler constantly on the move so no photos of them unfortunately.

The Reserve was very dry and the thatching grass very tall. It was good to go somewhere different and with a variety of habitats. Unfortunately the hides were closed because of the virus.

Despite the hides being closed…

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