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Bird Watching

The Karoo is blessed to have many bird species and some of the most beautiful areas to look and watch for birds. Birding is very big in South Africa and this activity can be really rewarding as there are some amazing and beautiful birds in this area. You never know what type of bird you will see, which makes it that more exciting…

 

All you need is a good pair of binoculars, a camera and a bird identification book and you are ready to start your birding quest!

Grey-backed Sparrowlark Black-eared Sparrowlark

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This is an ideal way to see many of the “LBJ’s” – Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Black-eared Sparrowlark and Lark-like Bunting are often conspicuous as they fly around.

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Namaqua Dove Egyptian Goose

Find a water source, particularly at mid-morning, and watch to see what arrives – species could include White-throated Canary, Black-headed Canary, Namaqua Dove and even Namaqua Sandgrouse. Egyptian Goose and South African Shelduck use even the smallest dams.

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Martial Eagle

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Fences and telephone lines are used as hunting perches and often one sees Greater Kestrel, Rock Kestrel, Jackal Buzzard, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Common Fiscal, Pied Crow and White-necked Raven on them. An occasional Martial Eagle is a possibility.

Gabar Goshawk Red-winged Starling

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Farmhouses and cultivated lands are the usual habitat of swallows, sparrows and weavers. The exotic tress in these situations may harbour Gabar Goshawk. Figs and other fruit trees will attract White-backed Mousebird, Red-faced Mousebird, Olive Thrush, Red-winged Starling and Pied Starling.

Karoo Korhaan Grey-backed Cisticola

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In the open veld listen for the calls of Karoo Korhaan, Southern Black Korhaan, Rufous-eared Warbler and Grey-backed Cisticola. Stream-side vegetation could produce Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler, Namaqua Warbler, Fairy Flycatcher , Pririt Batis, Ostriches, and “gom-Pou” and many more…

Secretary Bird and Blue Crane Bird

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The Blue Crane and Secretary bird breads on the farm. During this time lots of small Chicks is all over the farm gazing into the Karoo veldts.

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Kori Bustard (Gompou) and Ostrich