Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Art. # 292

(21.06.’14 – 12.07.’14)

Text and photos from Stefan Rust

(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belong to Stefan Rust)

Dear birding friends, 

as birdwatching is a relatively new and one of the fastest growing and a most popular pursuit, it attracts people of all ages around the world. There can hardly be a better place than southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa) to nurture an interest in birds as it supports almost 1000 bird species, which is about 10 per cent of the world's entire bird. Taking birding to new heights, Hobby-Ornithologist Stefan Rust together with BirdsConTour represents some of the ontour bird sightings and several other interesting birding aspects to showcase the fun of birding, promote citizen science, highlight conservation, indicate where to view what birds and raise awareness of southern Africa's (sometimes international) birds and their habitats.
All countries that BirdsConTour is involved with are mentioned in these Birding Reports, such as Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.


Have a quick look if your name or business is included in this scientific informational work (alphabetically arranged):

Bwabwata NP., Namibia
Camp Chobe, Namibia
Casa Piccolo, Namibia
Chamäleon Reisen
Chobe NP., Botswana
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Etosha Safari Camp (Gondwana Collection), Namibia
Gauchas Farm (Argo Rust), Namibia
Ghaub Guestfarm, Namibia
Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe
Gondwana Collection (Etosha Safari Camp), Namibia
Kapps Farm (Steinmeister Plot), Namibia
Lianshulu Bush Lodge, Namibia
Little Sossus Lodge, Namibia
Mudumu NP., Namibia
Nunda River Lodge, Namibia
Popa Falls, Namibia
Rust Argo, Farm Gauchas
Sea Breeze Guesthouse, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia
Steinmeister Plot, Namibia
Swakopmund, Namibia
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls NP., Zimbabwe
Walvisbay Lagoon, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia

Sites and countries visited during this period incl. amount of species per site:
(0-0 - Haven’t been there myself)
(single letter – indicates several sites per day)

21.06: (A) Road from Windhoek to Steinmeister Plot (6 species), (B) Steinmeister Plot
           (26 species)
22.06: (A) Road from Windhoek to Farm Gauchas (26 species), (B) Farm Gauchas (37
23.06: (A) Farm Gauchas (6 species, additional to yesterday)
24.06: (A) Farm Gauchas (14 species, additional)
25.06: (A) Farm Gauchas (1 species, additional)
26.06: (A) Farm Gauchas (2 species, additional), (B) Road from Farm Gauchas to    
           Windhoek (1 species, additional to 22nd)
27.06: (A) Windhoek (11 species), (B) Road from Windhoek to Hosea Kutako Airport (9  
01.07: (A) Casa Piccolo & Windhoek (7 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Road from
           Casa Piccolo to Little Sossus Lodge (26 species), (C) Sossus Vlei (11 species), (D)
           Little Sossus Lodge (7 species)
02.07: (A) Little Sossus Lodge (7 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Road from Little
           Sossus Lodge to Sea Breeze Guesthouse (26 species), (C) Walvisbay Lagoon (6
           species), (D) Sea Breeze Guesthouse & Swakopmund (12 species)
03.07: (A) Sea Breeze Guesthouse (2 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Road from
           Sea Breeze Guesthouse to Etosha Safari Camp (22 species), (C) Etosha Safari
           Camp (7 species)
04.07: (A) Etosha Safari Camp (9 species, additional), (B) Etosha National Park (40
05.07: (A) Etosha Safari Camp (4 species, additional to previous day), (B) Etosha NP.
           (25 species, additional) (C) Road from Etosha Safari Camp to Ghaub Guestfarm (5
           species) (D) Ghaub Guestfarm ( species)
06.07: (A) Ghaub Guestfarm (4 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Road
           from Ghaub Guestfarm to Nunda River Lodge (21 species), (C) Nunda River
           Lodge (47 species)
07.07: (A) Nunda River Lodge (7 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Road from Nunda
           River Lodge to Lianshulu Bush Lodge (19 species), (C) Lianshulu Bush Lodge &
           Mudumu NP (59 species)
08.07: (A) Lianshulu Bush Lodge & Mudumu NP. (13 species, additional)
09.07: (A) Lianshulu Bush Lodge (1 species, additional), (B) Road from Lianshulu Bush
           Lodge to Camp Chobe (22 species), (C) Camp Chobe (52 species)
10.07: (A) Camp Chobe & Chobe NP (27 species, additional)
11.07: (A) Camp Chobe (2 species, additional), (B) Road from Camp Chobe to Gorges
           Lodge (13 species), (C) Chobe NP. (41 species), (D) Victoria Falls NP. (7
           species), (E) Gorges Lodge (3 species)
12.07: (A) Gorges Lodge (15 species, additional)

Total Distance traveled:

3 723 km

Personal Highlights:

GOLIATH HERON (Prey of hippo)

21.06.’14  Steinmeister Plot, Kapps Farm, Windhoek  Helmeted Guineafowl (8) In some parts of the world guineafowl are used to control ticks.

22.06.’14  Rehoboth, Namibia  Southern White-crowned Shrike (2) Classified as a near-endemic species to southern Africa, these two birds spotted in Namibia, 12 km south of Rehoboth, live on the southernmost distribution area within Namibia.

22.06.’14  Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Nature Conservation Measures  The purpose for this excursion to Farm Gauchas is for BirdsConTour to deputize for Mr. Argo Rust while he is on short leave. With cattle on this 2 500 ha sized farm an environmental management grazing system is followed in which a high concentration of cattle graze on an area as small as possible for a short period before being moved to the next one, mimicking the way large herds of game once moved from one area to another – only returning to an area after the necessary recovery time for the vegetation.

23.06.'14  Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Double-banded Courser (2) With its reluctance to fly, it is easily overlooked. This bird eats a high percentage of harvester termites, ants and beetles.

23.06.’14  Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Anti-Poaching Crusade  Poaching seems to know no boundaries. BirdsConTour removed 7 wire slings on the southern border fence of farm Gauchas. Poachers secure these shaped wire slings on wires where game often passes under the fence. Once a wild animal passes under the fence the noose closes around the animal and holds it in place by the sling that is attached to the fence. Most such animals die a painful death because the poachers do not immediately discover them.

24.06.'14  Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Speckled Pigeon (1) Since occupation by Mr. Argo Rust, this is the first spotting of a Speckled Pigeon on Farm Gauchas. They make extensive and regular daily movements from roosts to foraging sites.

25.06.’14 Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Karoo Scrub-Robin (2) On Farm Gauchas, situated on the northern border of this specie’s distribution area, the Cercotrichas coryphoeus abbotti subspecies only lives in woodland which lines a dry river bed.

25.06.’14  Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Animal Friendly Habitat  A bird friendly garden results in a pest free garden. That is why the bird feeding station in the farm Gauchas garden was optimized today. This station attracts all different kind of birds and automatically they scan the garden for food, keeping insects at bay.

26.06.’14 Farm Gauchas, Kalkrand, Namibia  Helmeted Guineafowl (31) Before 1900 this species probably never occurred south of the Orange River. This flock counts 31 members, being the only one on about 2 000 ha. They roost in trees and some roosts are used for many years. Females tend to walk flat-footed whereas the males walk erect on toes.

26.06.’14  Corner B1/D1254, Namibia  Clean World  Today the corner of the B1 and D1254 was cleaned.
Read more in the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.blogspot.com) article 286.

27.06.’14  Windhoek, Namibia  Support Awards, Words of Feather  BirdsConTour announces its new Greeting Cards campaign to promote welfare, conservation and tourism by BirdsConTour. To the recipient of this greeting card directly from BirdsConTour, by purchase or as a thank you, BirdsConTour confirms his or her support of welfare, conservation and / or tourism.

27.06.’14  Windhoek, Namibia  Support Award  Read more in the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.blogspot.com) article 284 how BirdsConTour supports Pack Safari with the upcoming award assessment by Eco Awards Namibia.

30.06.'14  Windhoek, Namibia  Grey Heron (1) Range expansion has most probably occurred through agriculture and construction of man-made water bodies.

01.07.'14  Sossusvlei, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Namibia  Spotted Eagle-Owl (2) Often a host for ticks. They bath and drink regularly if water is available but they can survive in areas without water such as in Sossusvlei.

02.07.'14  Little Sossus Lodge, Namibia  Cape Eagle-Owl (1) Although classified as an uncommon species, it might occur more often than records suggest.

03.07.'14  Ngatuve Vatere Orphanage, Namibia  Aiding Wings and Support Award  On the occasion of a two penguin rated Welfare & Tourism Support 2014 Award presentation and knowing that Namibia's children are in FIFA World Cup fever, often being better informed about for example German strikers as is many a German citizen, BirdsConTour has given a brand new soccer ball and four not to be overlooked goalposts to the children of the Ngatuve Vatere orphanage.
Read more in articles # 289 and 290.

04.07.’14  Etosha National Park, Namibia  Shaft-tailed Whydah (5) Breeding males have mainly December till June four rectrices greatly elongated with a long slender racket at tip. Now in July they still have their breeding plumage.

05.07.’14  Etosha NP, Namibia  Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark (50) Their movements are poorly understood. Currently plenty of them are present in the Etosha NP.

05.07.’14  Klein Okevi Waterhole, Etosha NP, Namibia  Hartlaub’s Gull (1) One individual totally out of range. Usually only a coastal bird.

06.07.’14  Ghaub Guestfarm, Namibia African Scops-Owl (1) Occasionally these tiny owls are killed by hornbills during nest box competition.

07.07.’14  Bwabwata NP., Namibia Wahlberg’s Eagle (2) A pale and a dark morph. The population density of this species is almost two times higher in protected areas as in adjacent unprotected areas. This intra-African breeding migrant arrives August till September and departs to Nigeria up to Sudan by March until April. It is recorded that some birds remain south of Equator, a few as far south as Zimbabwe, in this case Namibia as well.

08.07.’14  Lianshulu Bush Lodge, Namibia Rufous-bellied Heron (1) Classified as an uncommon species in southern Africa. Only along the Okavango, Linyanti and Chobe River and associated wetlands in Caprivi (Namibia) and northern Botswana it occurs quite often.

09.07.’14  Lianshulu Bush Lodge, Namibia Goliath Heron (1) Possibly this species falls prey to hippopotamus quite often. An encounter with an incidence of a hippo chasing a Goliath Heron during take off gave this thought. After the huge heron took off because of the approaching boat, a hidden hippo leaped out of the Kwando River in an attempt to snap the low-flying heavy bird. The hippo fell into the water and jumped out of the water a few meters onwards, mouth wide open, trying to catch the bird, unsuccessful. Was this chase a territorial defense or a deliberate hunt trying to catch the Goliath Heron for food? Adult hippos can run rapidly on the bottom of a river and hippos are selective grazers, but do they sometimes supplement their diet with flesh? Whether territorial defense or deliberate hunt, this remarkable observation provides the first hard evidence of such a phenomenon.

10.07.’14  Camp Chobe, Namibia Nature Conservation Measures, Animal Friendly Habitat  The conservation conscious managers of Camp Chobe, Mrs. Charmaine and Mr. Riaan Beeslaar, pointed out a unique observation to BirdsConTour; a pair of Lesser Striped Swallow is not roosting as usual in nests or similar, but in a rodent hole. This rodent hole is situated only about one meter away from the busy restaurant of Camp Chobe, in the lawn on the level ground. The entrance hole has a diameter of 3.5 cm and then leads about 13 cm vertically into the moist soil before it makes a sharp bend and forms a horizontal chamber. About 18:10 they pass the hole in low flight while chirping, almost as if they are locating the exact entrance via “radar”, almost as bats use to do, before the swallows then basically vanish by dive-bombing into the hole for roosting during the night. Another explanation for this low flight behavior, lasting about 10 minutes, might be to make sure no other small animal took occupation of “their” roosting hole or even to chase a possible inhabitant out, before entering.
To avoid guests and staff members stepping onto this tiny hole, Riaan and BirdsConTour set up a signpost, to avoid damage to this now “scientifically famous” rodent hole on the property of Camp Chobe.
Read more in the next issue of the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.com) (click news) in article 300.

11.07.’14  Gorges Lodge Lodge, Zimbabwe Travel & Help, Support Award  By traveling directly with BirdsConTour or making use of a guide from BirdsConTour you support welfare, conservation and tourism. To say THANK YOU, every tour participant receives a Support Award at the end of the tour.
Today eight German and five Swiss guests were rewarded with one penguin-rated Tourism Support 2014 Awards.
Read more in the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.com) (click news) in article 71 and 274.

12.07.’14  Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe Verreauxs’ Eagle (2) Pair members stay close together for 75-95 % of the day. At first light and dusk they are most active and their distribution closely follows that of the rock hyraxes.

Index to bird species observed in this period:
(English names and date when seen)
(*  - See text about species on according date above)
(A or B – Appears when species is recorded at different sites on same day, specifying where on according date beneath species list)

-Acacia Pied Barbet   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(D) / 03.7.(B) / 05.7.(B) / 10,7,(A) /
-African Black Swift   12.7.(A) /
-African Darter   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-African Fish-Eagle   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-African Golden Oriole   05.7.(D) /
-African Green-Pigeon   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-African Grey Hornbill   22.6.(A) / 05.7.(D) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 09.7.(B) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(B) /
-African Hoopoe    02.7.(B) / 10.7.(A) /
-African Jacana   06.7.(C) / 09.7(C)(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-African Marsh-Harrier   09.7.(C) /
-African Mourning Dove   06.7.(C) /
-African Openbill   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-African Palm-Swift   30.6.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 06.7.(B) / 07.7.(C) /
-African Pied Wagtail   06.7.(C) /
-African Pipit   05.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-African Pygmy Goose   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-African Red-eyed Bulbul   21.6.(A)(B) / 22.6.(A)(B) / 30.6.(A) / 01.7.(A)(D) / 04.7.(A)(B) / 05.7.(D) /
-African Sacred Ibis   09.7.(C) /
-*African Scops-Owl   06.7.*(A) / 07.7.(C) /
-African Spoonbill   09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-African Stonechat   07.7.(C) /
-African Wattled Lapwing   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Ant-eating Chat   22.6.(A) / 01.7.(B) / 05.7.(B) /
-Arrow-marked Babbler   06.7.(C) /
-Ashy Tit   25.6.(A) /
-Barn Owl   05.7.(A) / 07.7.(A) / 11.7.(A) / 12.7.(A) /
-Barred Wren-Warbler   24.6.(A) /
-Bateleur   05.7.(B) / 09.7.(B)(C) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Black-backed Puffback   10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C) / 12.7.(A) /
-Black-chested Prinia   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(C) / 04.7.(B) /
-Black-chested Snake-Eagle   03.7.(B) /
-Black-collared Barbet   07.7.(C) / 11.7.(E) /
-Black Crake   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Black-crowned Tchagra   10.7.(A) /
-Black Cuckooshrike   10.7.(A) /
-Black-faced Babbler   10.7.(C) /
-Black-faced Waxbill   23.6.(A) /
-Black-headed Heron   05.7.(B) /
-Black-headed Oriole   06.7.(C) / 11.7.(D) /
-Black-shouldered Kite   30.6.(B) / 01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) /
-Black Stork   12.7.(A) /
-Black-throated Canary   23.6.(A) / 04.7.(B) / 05.7.(A) /
-Black-winged Stilt   09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Blacksmith Lapwing   04.7.(B) / 06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B)(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Blue Waxbill   07.7.(A) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C)(D) /
-Booted Eagle   02.7.(B) /
-Bradfield’s Hornbill   07.7.(B) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(C) /
-Bradfield’s Swift   02.7.(B) /
-Brown-crowned Tchagra   06.7.(B) /
-Brown Snake-Eagle   05.7.(C) / 10.7.(A) /
-Brown-throated Martin   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Brubru   24.6.(A) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) /
-Burchell’s Courser   01.7.(C) / 02.7.(B) /
-Burchell’s Starling   22.6.(A) / 03.7.(B) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.)B) /
-Cape Cormorant   02.7.(C)(D) /
-Cape Crow   02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-*Cape Eagle-Owl   02.7.*(A) /
-Cape Glossy Starling   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 30.6.(B) / 01.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 05.7.(C)(D) /
-Cape Sparrow   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(C) / 02.7.(A)(D) / 03.7.(A) /
-Cape Teal   05.7.(B) /
-Cape Turtle-Dove   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(D) / 02.7.(B) / 03.7.(C) / 04.7.(B) / 05.7.(D) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B)(C) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Cape Wagtail   21.6.(A) / 30.6.(A)(B) / 02.7.(B)(C) / 03.7.(A) / 09.7.(B) /
-Capped Wheatear   22.6.(A) / 05.7.(B) /
-Cattle Egret   01.7.(A) / 06.7.(C) / 09.7.(B)(C) /
-Chat Flycatcher   22.6.(A)(B) /
-*Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark   04.7.*(B) / 09.7.(C) /
-Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) /
-Chinspot Batis   07.7.(C) / 12.7.(A) /
-Chirping Cisticola   09.7.(C) /
-Cinnamon-breasted Bunting   03.7.(C) / 12.7.(A) /
-Collared Pratincole   09.7.(C) /
-Comb Duck   07.7.(A) / 09.7.(C) /
-Common Fiscal   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A) / 01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) /
-Common Ostrich   01.7.(B)(C) / 02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Common Quail   24.6.(A) /
-Common Scimitarbill   22.6.(A)(B) / 06.7.(B) /
-Common Waxbill   07.7.(C) /
-Coppery-tailed Coucal   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Crested Barbet   08.7.(A) /
-Crimson-breasted Shrike   21.6.(B) / 23.6.(A) / 10.7.(A) /
-Crowned Lapwing   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Dark-capped Bulbul   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(D) / 12.7.(A) /
-Dark Chanting Goshawk   05.7.(B) /
-Dickinson’s Kestrel   06.7.(B) / 09.7.(B) /
-*Double-banded Courser   23.6.*(A) /
-Double-banded Sandgrouse   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(A) /
-Dusky Sunbird   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 02.7.(A)(B) / 04.7.(B) / 07.7.(C) /
-Egyptian Goose   21.6.(B) / 02.7.(D) / 04.7.(B) / 07.7.(A)(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove   05.7.(B) / 06.7.(C) / 09.7.(B) / 12.7.(A) /
-Familiar Chat   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 01.7.(A) / 04.7.(A) / 06.7.(A) /
-Fiery-necked Nightjar   23.6.(A) / 07.7.(A) /
-Fork-tailed Drongo   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A)(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(A)(B) / 05.7.(D) / 06.7.(B) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(C) /
-Gabar Goshawk   22.6.(A)(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Giant Kingfisher   08.7.(A) /
-Golden-tailed Woodpecker   09.7.(C) /
-Golden Weaver   06.7.(C) /
-*Goliath Heron   07.7.*(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Great Egret   09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Great Sparrow   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A) / 23.6.(A) /
-Greater Blue-eared Starling   07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Greater Flamingo   02.7.(C)(D) /
-Greater Kestrel   01.7.(C) / 02.7.(B) /
-Green-winged Pytilia   24.6.(A) /
-Green Wood-Hoopoe   07.7.(C) /
-Grey-backed Camaroptera   24.6.(A) / 06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C) /
-Grey-backed Sparrowlark   01.7.(B) / 02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Grey Go-away-bird   21.6.(B) / 30.6.(B) / 01.7.(A)(B) / 03.7.(C) / 05.7.(B)(D) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C) /
-Grey-headed Gull   05.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-*Grey Heron   30.6.*(A) / 05.7.(B) / 06.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Grey-rumped Swallow   10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C) /
-Groundscraper Thrush   01.7.(B) / 07.7.(B) / 10.7.(A) /
-Hadeda Ibis   07.7.(C) / 10.7.(A) /
-Hartlaub’s Babbler   07.7.(C) /
-*Hartlaub’s Gull   02.7.(B)(C)(D) / *05.7.(B) /
-Hamerkop   07.7.(C) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(C) /
-*Helmeted Guineafowl   21.6.*(B) / 22.6.(B) / 05.7.(B) / 06.7.(A)(B) / 07.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-House Sparrow   21.6.(B) / 02.7.(C)(D) /
-Kalahari Scrub-Robin   22.6.(B) /
-*Karoo Scrub-Robin   24.6.*(A) /
-Kelp Gull   02.7.(B)(C)(D) /
-Kittlitz’s Plover   05.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) /
-Kori Bustard   02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Lanner Falcon   11.7.(C) /
-Lappet-faced Vulture   01.7.(C) / 04.7.(B) / 11.7.(C) /
-Lark-like Bunting   22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(B) / 02.7.(A)(B) /
-Laughing Dove   21.6.(A) / 22.6.(A)(B) / 30.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(A)(B)(D) / 02.7.(D) / 09.7.(B) / 03.7.(B)(C) / 05.7.(C)(D) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Lesser Jacana   09.7.(C) /
-Lesser Striped Swallow   07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(B)(C) / 11.7.(B) /
-Lilac-breasted Roller   01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 05.7.(C) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Little Bee-eater   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Little Egret   02.7.(B) / 06.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Little Grebe   05.7.(B) /
-Little Swift   22.6.(A) / 30.6.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah   05.7.(B) / 06.7.(B) /
-Ludwig’s Bustard   02.7.(B) /
-Magpie Shrike   07.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 09.7.(B)(C) /
-Malachite Kingfisher   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Marabou Stork   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(C) /
-Marico Flycatcher   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 05.7.(B) /
-Meves’s Starling   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B) /
-Meyer’s Parrot   05.7.(D) / 06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(D) /
-Monteiro’s Hornbill   24.6.(A) / 26.6.(B) / 05.7.(B) /
-Mountain Wheatear   01.7.(B) / 02.7.(B) /
-Namaqua Dove   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 01.7.(D) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 06.7.(B) / 12.7.(A) /
-Namaqua Sandgrouse   22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(B)(D) / 02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Natal Spurfowl   12.7.(A) /
-Northern Black Korhaan   22.6.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Northern Grey-headed Sparrow   12.7.(A) /
-Orange River Francolin   04.7.(A) /
-Orange River White-eye   02.7.(D) / 07.7.(A) /
-Osprey   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Pale-winged Starling   21.6.(B) / 30.6.(A) /
-Pearl-spotted Owlet   05.7.(D) / 08.7.(A) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Pied Crow   30.6.(B) / 01.7.(C) / 02.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(B) / 11.7.(E) /
-Pied Kingfisher   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Plain-backed Pipit   10.7.(A) /
-Pririt Batis   22.6.(B) / 04.7.(A) /
-Purple Roller   05.7.(D) /
-Pygmy Falcon   22.6.(A) / 26.6.(A) /
-Rattling Cisticola   05.7.(B) / 10.7.(A) /
-Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver   01.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(B) /
-Red-billed Firefinch   07.7.(C) / 12.7.(A) /
-Red-billed Hornbill   06.7.(B) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 10.7.(A) / 11.7.(B)(C) /
-Red-billed Oxpecker   07.7.(B) / 11.7.(C) /
-Red-billed Quelea   24.6.(A) / 04.7.(B) / 07.7.(C) / 10.7.(A)
-Red-billed Spurfowl   24.6.(A) / 04.7.(A) / 05.7.(D) / 06.7.(B)(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Red-billed Teal   05.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) /
-Red-capped Lark   04.7.(B) /
-Red-crested Korhaan   22.6.(B) / 03.7.(C) / 04.7.(B) /
-Red-eyed Dove   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(B) / 10.7.(A) /
-Red-faced Mousebird   24.6.(A) / 01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 06.7.(C) / 08.7.(A) /
-Red-headed Finch   22.6.(B) / 30.6.(A) / 04.7.(B) /
-Red-headed Weaver   10.7.(A) /
-Red-winged Starling   11.7.(D)(E) /
-Reed Cormorant   06.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Rock Kestrel   01.7.(B) / 02.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Rock Martin   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 01.7.(B)(D) / 02.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Rosy-faced Lovebird   01.7.(B) / 02.7.(B) /
-Rüppell’s Korhaan   02.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) /
-*Rufous-bellied Heron   07.7.*(C) / 10.7.(A) /
-Sabota Lark   22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Scaly-feathered Finch   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(C) /
-Scarlet-chested Sunbird   12.7.(A) /
-Secretarybird   01.7.(C) /
-Senegal Coucal   06.7.(A)(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-*Shaft-tailed Whydah   24.6.(A) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.*(B) /
-Sharp-tailed Starling   07.7.(B) /
-Short-toed Rock-Thrush   01.7.(B) / 05.7.(A) /
-Sociable Weaver   22.6.(A)(B) / 01.7.(B) / 02.7.(A)(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-South African Shelduck   02.7.(B)(D) / 05.7.(B) /
-Southern Black Tit   04.7.(A) / 07.7.(C) /
-Southern Grey-headed Sparrow   22.6.(A)(B) / 05.7.(A) / 10.7.(A) /
-Southern Ground-Hornbill   11.07.(C) /
-Southern Masked-Weaver   21.6.(A)(B) / 22.6.(B) / 30.6.(A) / 02.7.(A) / 04.7.(B) / 07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(B)(C) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Southern Red Bishop   21.6.(A) /
-*Southern White-crowned Shrike   22.6.*(A) / 03.7.(B) / 06.7.(B) /
-Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A) / 24.6.(A) / 05.7.(B)(D) / 06.7.(B) / 07.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 09.7.(B) /
-*Speckled Pigeon   21.6.(B) / 24.6.*(A) / 01.7.(A) / 02.7.(A) / 05.7.(C)(D) / 06.7.(B) /
-Spike-heeled Lark   22.6.(B) /
-*Spotted Eagle-Owl   01.7.*(C) /
-Spotted Thick-knee   04.7.(A) / 06.7.(C) /
-Spur-winged Goose   07.7.(A) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Squacco Heron   06.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) /
-Stark’s Lark   04.7.(B) /
-Swainson’s Spurfowl   03.7.(B) / 05.7.(D) / 08.7.(A) /
-Swallow-tailed Bee-eater   22.6.(B) / 01.7.(B) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(B) /
-Swamp Boubou   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Swamp Nightjar   11.7.(A) /
-Tawny Eagle   22.6.(A) / 01.7.(B) / 05.7.(B) / 06.7.(B) / 07.7.(B) / 09.7.(B)(C) /
-Tawny-flanked Prinia   07.7.(C) / 10.7.(A) /
-Terrestrial Brownbul   11.7.(D) /
-Tropical Boubou   07.7.(C) /
-Verreaux’s Eagle   22.6.(A) / 01.7.(B) /
-Village Indigobird   07.7.(C) /
-Violet-eared Waxbill   22.6.(B) / 03.7.(B) /
-*Wahlberg’s Eagle   07.7.*(B) /
-Water Thick-knee   08.7.(A) / 09.7.(C) /
-Wattled Starling   04.7.(B) / 09.7.(C) /
-Whiskered Tern   09.7.(C) /
-White-backed Mousebird   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) / 30.6.)A) /
-White-backed Vulture   21.6.(B) / 05.7.(B) / 08.7.(A) / 12.7.(A) /
-White-breasted Cormorant   02.7.(D) /
-White-browed Robin-Chat   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) / 11.7.(C)(D) /
-White-browed Sparrow-Weaver   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(A) / 30.6.(A) / 01.7.(A) / 03.7.(B) / 04.7.(A)(B) / 11.7.(B) / 12.7.(A) /
-White-crested Helmet-Shrike   08.7.(A) /
-White-faced Duck   07.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-White-fronted Bee-eater   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-White-fronted Plover   02.7.(D) /
-Wire-tailed Swallow   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(B)(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Yellow-bellied Eremomela   26.6.(A) /
-Yellow-bellied Greenbul   10.7.(A) /
-Yellow-billed Egret   06.7.(C) / 07.7.(C) /
-Yellow-billed Oxpecker   09.7.(C) /
-Yellow-billed Stork   06.7.(C) / 09.7.(C) / 11.7.(C) /
-Yellow Canary   21.6.(B) / 22.6.(B) /

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Enjoy Birding, 
Stefan Rust
Please note: Most scientific information has been taken from Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, V11th edition!
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