How can I end a round-up of our trip to the Kruger National Park without mentioning birds? I will only illustrate ten, although the list at the end shows that there were many more to see.

Crested Francolins welcomed us at our first campsite and pecked their cryptically coloured way throughout the park.

crested francolin

The beautiful colours of the White-fronted Bee-eaters were such a contrast to their drab surroundings.

white-fronted bee-eater

This Wattled Plover has a wise look in its eye.

wattled plover

As does the Cape Glossy Starling.

Cape glossy starling

It was such a pleasant surprise to see a Scarlet-chested Sunbird in the middle of what looked like barren land.

scarlet-chested sunbird

I simply have to show off the Bataleur again!


To see a Red-breasted Swallow perched right next to me was a real privilege.

red-breasted swallow

African Mourning Doves began and ended each day with a song in Satara.

African mourning dove

This colourful Crested Barbet almost climbed in through the window of our vehicle.

crested barbet

I was delighted to see a Brown-headed Parrot in the same tree that I had seen them in at Satara in April last year!

brown-headed parrot

My list of birds seen in the Kruger National Park is:

African Fish Eagle
African Green Pigeon
African Grey Hornbill
African Jacana
African Mourning Dove
African Openbill
African Pied Wagtail
Arrow-marked Babbler
Black-backed Puffback
Black-bellied Bustard
Black-collared Barbet
Black Crake
Black Cuckoo
Black Heron
Black-eyed Bulbul
Black-headed Heron
Black-headed Oriole
Blacksmith Plover
Blackwinged Stilt
Blue Waxbill
Brown-headed Parrot
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
Buffalo Weaver
Burchell’s Starling
Cape Bunting
Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Robin
Cape Turtle Dove
Cattle Egret
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
Comb Duck
Crested Barbet
Crested Francolin
Crowned Plover
Curlew Sandpiper
Double-banded Sandgrouse
Egyptian Goose
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
European Bee-eater
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Fork-tailed Drongo
Giant Kingfisher
Goliath Heron
Great Egret
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Grey-headed Sparrow
Grey Heron
Grey Lourie
Ground Hornbill
Hadeda Ibis
Helmeted Guineafowl
Hooded Vulture
House Sparrow
Klaas’ Cuckoo
Kori Bustard
Kurrichane Thrush
Lappet-faced Vulture
Laughing Dove
Lesser-striped Swallow
Lilac-breasted Roller
Little Egret
Magpie Shrike
Marabou Stork
Martial Eagle
Natal Spurfowl
Paradise Flycatcher
Pied Crow
Pin-tailed Whydah
Purple Turaco
Red-billed Hornbill
Red-billed Oxpecker
Red-billed Woodhoopoe
Red-breasted Swallow
Red-eyed Dove
Red-necked Spurfowl
Redwinged Starling
Sacred Ibis
Saddle-billed Stork
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Speckled Mousebird
Square-tailed Drongo
Streaky-headed Canary
Tawny Eagle
Three-banded Plover
Variable Sunbird
Water Thick-knee
Wattled Plover
White-backed Vulture
White-bellied Sunbird
White-fronted Bee-eater
White-rumped Swift
Woolly-necked Stork
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-fronted Canary

6 thoughts on “THERE WERE BIRDS TOO

    • Richard, we are so fortunate to have a wide variety of bird species in South Africa. As you can imagine, the various geographical regions host a different variety of birds, which makes travelling around the country all the more interesting.


  1. That is true. Whenever visiting another part of the country, I always take my bird guide and camera with me because I know that I’ll encounter new species of birds.
    Your photos are so beautiful.


  2. These birds are all new to me, thought we have different kinds of them over here in India. The most common Sunbirds that I see around my house are Purple-rumped Sunbirds and Loten’s Sunbirds.
    Thanks for sharing. Lovely pictures!


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