BUSH FACTS #21 – BIRDING HOTSPOTS

Overview

Welcome to the 21st edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this special edition we will be sharing exciting news, and share where are the most popular birding sites on Shakati.

 

Inclusion in Birdlife South Africa

BFE logo

It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognized in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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Birdlife South Africa

http://www.birdlife.org.za/

“The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to see a country and region where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. BirdLife South Africa’s mission is to strive to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programmes, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and through encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.  BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit and public benefit environmental organization and produces its own birds and birdwatching magazine, African Birdlife.”

 

Bird List:

We have our own bird list. It has been compiled over 12 years by a university bird biologist, who is also co-owner of Shakati. It contains 270 species.

https://shakati.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/first-blog-post/

 

Chalets

Lodge Birds

At the chalets (in our indigenous garden): It is common to wake up in the mornings to the singing African Paradise Flycatchers, or hearing the chattering of the Green Wood Hoopoe. When you look closely you can see the Ground-scraper and Kurrikane thrush family scanning for easily identified morsels. In the summer months there is as well a Red-Headed Weaver which tries to impress his wife with building a one story mansion of a nest. At night you can be amazed at the creepy sounds of the Barn Owl and the Spotted Eagle Owl. If you are adventurous then you can try to spot the Fiery-necked Nightjar’s with a flashlight.

 

Watering Hole

Waterhole Birds

Frequent visitors are African Grey Hornbills, African Hoopoes, Crested Barbets, Lark-like Bunting, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Southern Masked Weaver, African Pygmy Kingfisher, European Bee-eater and various dove and pigeon species, African Harrier-Hawk, African Hawk-Eagle, Long-billed Crombec. If you have the patience then you will spot a myriad of bird species coming to quench their thirst throughout the whole day. You can also sleep in the 2 beds of the bird hide and experience the night sounds of the African bush. And enjoy an early morning birding.

 

Mokolo River

Mokolo River Birds

Shakati lies on the banks of the Mokolo River, where you can easily spot common birds like the Giant, Pied, and Malachite Kingfishers, Little Bittern, Hamerkop, Common Waxbill, White-backed Night-heron, Green-backed Heron, Wahlbergs Eagle, African Black Duck, White-throated Robin-Chat, Burchells Coucal and many more water related species. If you are lucky then you can see the majestic African Fish Eagle. It is best to visit the river in morning-hours with the sun behind you.

 

Helipad and Savannah

Helipad

The best time to view birds at the Helipad (Koedoes Vlakte) is in the late afternoon until sunset in summer, and the best time of year is to view the summer visitors moving west. You can often spot Barn Swallows, European Bee-eaters, Amur Falcons and other raptors.

 

Blesbok Plain

Blesbok Plain

Shakati installed a small watering hole close to Blesbok plain, where you can view a great gathering of birds. These includes: Black Collared Barbet, Cape Glossy Starlings, Crested Barbets, Dark Capped Bulbulls, Golden Breasted Buntings, Grey Go-Away birds, Yellow Billed Hornbills, Cape Class Eyes, Groundscraper and Kurrikane Thrush, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red Faced Mousebirds and Yellow Bellied Greenbulls

 

Acacia Forest

Acacia Forest

The Shakati Acacia forest hosts a multitude of birds, which are awaiting your discovery. These includes: Fork Tailed Drongo’s, African Grey Hornbill, Crested Barbet, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Larks, White Crested Helmet Shrike and different Owls

 

Conclusion

Shakati Private Game Reserve is proud to host such a gathering of diverse birds, and we are proud to share it with you via Birdlife South Africa. This shows our commitment as well to nature conservation in all the biodiverse habitats found on Shakati.

 

See you next time!

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