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Home News & Events Trip Reports Zim-Moz 3-13 DEC 2009

Zim-Moz 3-13 DEC 2009

BIRDING TOUR 3rd to 13th DECEMBER 2009



TOUR LEADER: Maans Booysen

We are back after a satisfactory birding tour to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and South Central Mozambique.  We travelled in two vehicles, and in our group of 8 were:  Dan Sonnenberg, Pieter Pieterse, Lesley Ryan and Ria Mynhardt travelling together. In the second vehicle were Magriet Karstel, Chrisna Joubert, Lydia van Rooyen and myself.

Day 1

After crossing into Zimbabwe at Beit Bridge, we took a detour and travelled to Masvingo, birding en route. We saw lots of Amur Falcons flying to roost at Masvingo.  On the road to the Inn of Great Zimbabwe where we spent the night, we saw various Nightjars: Female Pennant-winged, Square-tailed and Rufous-cheeked.

Day 2

Early morning departure for Seldomseen.  We had Miombo specials like: Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, MiomboTit, Miombo Rockthrush around Lake Kyle.  En route we saw Augur Buzzard and Retz’s Helmet-Shrike. To name a few seen at Seldomseen were: Variable Sunbird, Yellow-bellied Swee Waxbill, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Yellow-streaked- and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Swynnerton’s- and White-starred Robin, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Robert’s Warbler, Eastern Saw-wings, Orange Ground Thrush, Buff-spotted Flufftail and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeons. We spent the night at Seldomseen.

Day 3

We departed early for Beira.  En route we saw Falcons, Eastern Nicator, Green Malkoa, as well as Black- and Yellow-billed Kites. Overnight at Motel Bispo.

Day 4

Birding at Rio Savanne produced: Red-necked Facon, Bat Hawk, African Marsh Harrier, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-headed Apalis, Tiny Greenbul, European Nightjar, Mangrove Kingfisher, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, hundreds of Open-billed Storks, Rufous-bellied Heron, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Locust- & Cuckoo Finch, Red-headed Quelea, various Egrets and Herons in the flooded areas. Overnight at Motel Bispo, Beira.

Day 5

We departed for Catapu where we spent two nights at Mpingwe Camp. The surrounding area produced: European Hobby, African Broadbill, Golden Weaver, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Grey-headed Parrot, Böhm’s Spinetail.  At Coutada 12 we saw Miombo Blue-eared Starlings, Cabanis’s Bunting, Mosque Swallow, Emerald Cuckoo, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Angola Pitta, Black-and-White Flycatcher (Vanga), Plain-backed Sunbird and Booted Eagle, to name a few.

Day 6

We travelled to Caia where we saw the Moustached Warbler, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Swamp Boubou, Brown-throated- & Yellow Weaver, as well as Lesser Jacana.

Day 7

An early departure for the Gorongosa area where we saw the Red-winged Warbler, Mashona Hyliota, Violet-backed Sunbird, Red-faced Crombeck, Speckle-throated- & Green-backed Woodpecker, Collared Palm Thrush & Red-necked Francolin.  Overnight at Environtrade Camp

Day 8

At Gorongosa Mountain: Short-winged & Singing Cisticola, Black-winged Bishop, Orange-winged Pytilia, Moustched Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Pallid Honeyguide, Honey Buzzard, Ayres’s Eagles & Green-headed Oriole. Overnight at Environtrade Camp.

Day 9

We left and travelled to the Vumba. A broad-billed Roller, and several other species were seen. It rained quite a lot. We spent the night at the White Horse Inn.

Day 10

Tree Pipit, Copper Sunbird, Red-throated Twinspot, Whyte’s Barbet, Barratt’s- & Broad-tailed Warbler in die Vumba area, then back to Masvingo. Yellow-mantled Widowbird at Nyika. Overnight at Inn of Great Zimbbwe

Day 11

Homeward bound. Boulder Chat near Rutenga.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2010 12:02 )  




Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took: On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best.A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird party feeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler.