Sunday, 4 September 2011

Outing report-Mkhuze Weekend Away 26th-28th August 2011

Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Doug & Angie Butcher, Stan & Val Culley, Stanley & Asothie Gengan, Belinda & Hilton Ions, Margaret Jones, Cathy Lee, Sandy Olver, Herbie & Jeanette Osborne, Hazel Parry, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Ian Upfold, Ron & Elaine Whitham (20 attendees).

Friday 26th Aug

After gathering at the Mantuma Camp for a welcome get together, we all retired to our various accomodation for the evening.

Saturday 27th Aug

After a morning at leisure, we met at Muzi Pan, just outside the reserve, for a picnic lunch. The overcast weather worked in our favour enabling us to spend a pleasant couple of hours scanning the pan and enjoying each others company.
Amongst the birds seen were Squacco Heron, African Openbill, Black Crake, Whiskered Tern, Wood Sandpiper, Painted Snipe and Kittlitz's Plover. An African Purple Swamphen made periodic appearances from within the reeds.

Sunday 28th Aug

This Verreaux's Eagle-Owl nesting in a Fever Tree
was pointed out by the guide on the way to the 'Fig Forest Walk'
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

With the Pel's Fishing Owl gone from the Fig Forest at Mkhuze, Doug, Angie, Hazel and Margaret still decided to do the guided walk.

Sunday's 'River Walk'
(Photo Ron Whitham)

Others met at Mantuma Camp for a morning's birding along the 'River Walk'. A brief glimpse of Eastern Nicator, as we started the walk, was a highlight for those fortunate enough to see it.

Sunday's lunchtime gathering at Nsumo Pan
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Nsumo Pan was the location for our lunchtime get together. Large numbers of Great White Pelican and African Spoonbill were present, the pelicans giving a spectacular display as scores lifted off and flew into the distance. The resident Hippos also gave us an entertaining time.

Andy looking decidedly uneasy as the gang surprise him
with a birthday cake and sing 'happy birthday' for his
upcoming 50th.
(Photo Ron Whitham)

As yet another delightful weekend away drew to a far too quick end, everyone assembled at the Mantuma lapa in the late afternoon for a final 'au revoir' get together.

General photos

Impala relaxing behind an Impala Lily
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

The scorched landscape provides a dramatic setting
for these Zebra
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Although elusive at first Giraffe appeared in numbers
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Crowned Lapwing on the airfield
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Good numbers of nesting White-backed Vultures were seen.
This bird gracefully launches into the air.
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Yellow-bellied Greenbuls were very tame around the camps
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Female Pink-throated Twinspots
(Photo Ron Whitham)

More photos to follow hopefully.

Birds recorded: (187 bird species were recorded during the weekend)

Great White Pelican
Cape Turtle-Dove
Green-backed Camaroptera
Pink-backed Pelican
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
Rattling Cisticola
White-breasted Cormorant
Tambourine Dove
Reed Cormorant
African Green-Pigeon
Tawny-flanked Prinia
African Darter
Purple-crested Turaco
African Dusky Flycatcher
Grey Heron
Burchell's Coucal
Ashy Flycatcher
Black-headed Heron
Spotted Eagle-Owl
Grey Tit-Flycatcher
Purple Heron
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
Southern Black Flycatcher
Great Egret
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Pale Flycatcher
Little Egret
Little Swift
Fiscal Flycatcher
Cattle Egret
Speckled Mousebird
Chinspot Batis
Squacco Heron
Red-faced Mousebird
Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher
Pied Kingfisher
African Paradise-Flycatcher
Woolly-necked Stork
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
African Pied Wagtail
African Openbill
Striped Kingfisher
Cape Wagtail
Yellow-billed Stork
White-fronted Bee-eater
African Pipit
African Sacred Ibis
Little Bee-eater
Bushveld Pipit
Glossy Ibis
Lilac-breasted Roller
Common Fiscal
Hadeda Ibis
African Hoopoe
Magpie Shrike
African Spoonbill
Green Wood-Hoopoe
Southern Boubou
White-faced Duck
Trumpeter Hornbill
Black-backed Puffback
White-backed Duck
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Egyptian Goose
Crowned Hornbill
Brown-crowned Tchagra
Yellow-billed Duck
Black-collared Barbet
Black-crowned Tchagra
Red-billed Teal
Acacia Pied Barbet
Gorgeous Bush-Shrike
Spur-winged Goose
White-eared Barbet
Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike
White-backed Vulture
Red-fronted Tinkerbird
Grey-headed Bush-Shrike
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Common Myna
Black-shouldered Kite
Crested Barbet
Wattled Starling
Wahlberg's Eagle
Scaly-throated Honeyguide
Cape Glossy Starling
Long-crested Eagle
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Black-bellied Starling
Martial Eagle
Cardinal Woodpecker
Red-billed Oxpecker
Brown Snake-Eagle
Bearded Woodpecker
Marico Sunbird
Black-chested Snake-Eagle
Sabota Lark
Purple-banded Sunbird
Wire-tailed Swallow
White-bellied Sunbird
African Fish-Eagle
Red-breasted Swallow
Olive Sunbird
Lizard Buzzard
Lesser Striped Swallow
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Little Sparrowhawk
Brown-throated Martin
Amethyst Sunbird
African Marsh-Harrier
Black Saw-wing
Collared Sunbird
African Harrier-Hawk
Black Cuckooshrike
Cape White-eye
Crested Francolin
Fork-tailed Drongo
House Sparrow
Natal Spurfowl
Square-tailed Drongo
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
Helmeted Guineafowl
Black-headed Oriole
Yellow-throated Petronia
Crested Guineafowl
Pied Crow
Dark-backed Weaver
Black Crake
Southern Black Tit
Spectacled Weaver
African Purple Swamphen
Dark-capped Bulbul
Village Weaver
Common Moorhen
Terrestrial Brownbul
Southern Masked-Weaver
African Jacana
Sombre Greenbul
Lesser Masked-Weaver
Greater Painted-snipe
Yellow-bellied Greenbul
Yellow Weaver
Kittlitz's Plover
Eastern Nicator
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Three-banded Plover
Kurrichane Thrush
White-winged Widowbird
Crowned Lapwing
Mocking Cliff-Chat
Green-winged Pytilia
Senegal Lapwing
African Stonechat
Pink-throated Twinspot
Common Sandpiper
Red-capped Robin-Chat
African Firefinch
Wood Sandpiper
White-throated Robin-Chat
Jameson's Firefinch
Pied Avocet
White-browed Scrub-Robin
Blue Waxbill
Black-winged Stilt
Bearded Scrub-Robin
Pin-tailed Whydah
Spotted Thick-knee
Dark-capped Yellow Warbler
Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah
Water Thick-knee
Yellow-breasted Apalis
Dusky Indigobird
Whiskered Tern
Rudd's Apalis
Yellow-fronted Canary
Red-eyed Dove
Long-billed Crombec
Golden-breasted Bunting
Additions to list: Greater Honeyguide, Common Scimitarbill, Yellow-throated longclaw, White-crested Helmet-shrike

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