Despite the aridness of the veld, the temperature ranging from 7°C to 24°C during the day, and a stiff breeze blowing, I managed to observe several different species of birds during our recent day trip to the Addo Elephant National Park.
I have already shown you the portrait of a Cape Weaver at the Domkrag waterhole, where we also spotted a Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Egyptian Geese, Moorhens, Little Grebes, and a Spoonbill that spent a lot of time preening itself.
It was at Ghwarrie Dam later on that we observed Blacksmith Plovers, Red-billed Teals, South African Shelducks and two pairs of Stilts.
Driving through the Park provides a wonderful opportunity to see a variety of birds – although it is not always easy to photograph them! On this trip I made a special effort to capture the ubiquitous Pied Crow
As well as a Black-shouldered Kite.
Our picnic lunch was enlivened by a curious Boubou Shrike that inspected all the food on the table.
Some Red-necked Spurfowl worked their way through the gravel on the lookout for any fallen titbits while we were getting ready to leave.
My full bird list for the day is:
Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Turtle Dove
Greater Double-collard Sunbird
South African Shelduck