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Home News & Events Trip Reports WETO Birding Trip report 13 -20 June 09

WETO Birding Trip report 13 -20 June 09

Our group were Louis & Charnelle du Toit, Jan & Lizl Niemand and Maans Booysen. We visited Southern Mozambique for a 7 day trip. We left Pretoria on 13th June 06h30. At 12h00 we crossed the border at Komatiepoort and followed dirt road adjacent to river via Moamba to Xinavane where we join the EN1 to Xai Xai..Species seen enroute were Senegal Lapwing, Tambourine –, Emerald Spotted Wood –dove and Grey Rumped Swallows. We overnight at Honeypot camp at 3 De Ferreiro 20 km South of Xai Xai. Then via Limpopo floodplains where we seen Rosy Throated Long claw, Black Tern, Rufous Bellied Herron, Lanner Falcon to name a few then to Xai Xai to Inharime and to Panda.

At Panda at the normal birding spot we stopped and found Racet-tailled Roller, Olive Headed Weaver, Southern Hyliota, Pale Batis, Red faced Crombeck and White-Breasted Cuckooshrike.

Then we went on to Hyliota Camp where we overnight for two nights 14th & 15th June. The next morning we went to Lebombo Ironwood forest. Here we seen Plain Backed Sunbird, Woodward Batis and in open clearing Mascarene Martin, Short-winged Cisticola, Neergard Sunbird and Pink-Throated Twinspot. At Lake Shakoz we had Rudd’s Apalis, Brimestone Canary and Black-Eared Seedeaters flying over. Flock of Greater Flamingo’s at Lake Njakolango at Hyliota Camp. Ground Hornbill and Crowned Eagle on the road in Miombo forest on our way back to the main road to Panda.

After Panda we went to the Barra peninsula near Inhambane 17th-19th June. High tide were at midday and very little waders around only a few, Whimbrel, White -Fronted Plover, Three -Banded Plover, Little Egret, Sanderling and Greater Flamingos on Mudflats. Black Throated Wattle Eyes, Mangrove Kingfisher and Juvenile Cuckoo Hawk in Mangroves. At a local pan very productive; Lesser Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, Little Bittern, Pigmy Goose, White Backed Duck, Shelley’s Francolin and many more. We overnight at Makolobay Lodge.

Near Maputo Palmnut Vulture on our way back on the 20th June. It was a very relaxing and productive trip and enjoyed it.

Maans Booysen

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2009 17:03 )  


Text and photographs by Johann Grobbelaar 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding April 2003 Vol.8, No.2)

I'm staring at a nest 12 meters up a tree. The scary part is that I am at eye-level with it … not very comforting unless you're used to being at a height equivalent to that of a four-storey building. Sweat is running into my eyes as I peer through the viewfinder. It's hot outside, but that's nothing compared to the heat trapped within my small hide. Not even the honey bee that has just crawled down my sock into my right boot can distract me.