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ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICA

Thursday 20th September - Monday 15th October 2012

Simon Harrap

African Broadbill (Simon Harrap)

African Broadbill (Simon Harrap)

The 2012 Birdquest to South Africa continued our long run of successful trips to this classic birding destination. We saw a whole host of fantastic birds, including Southern Bald Ibis, Lammergeier, Black Harrier, Taita Falcon, Orange River Francolin, Blue and Wattled Cranes, six species of bustard, Senegal Lapwing, Cape Parrot, African Grass Owl, Knysna Woodpecker, African Broadbill, no less than 24 species of lark, including lots of Sclater’s larks, Barlow’s Lark, Black-eared Finch-Lark and Short-clawed Lark, Blue Swallow, three endemic tits, Bush Blackcap, Spotted and Orange Ground Thrushes, a zillion chats, both Rockjumpers, Namaqua Warbler, Barratt’s, Knysna and Victorin’s Warblers (all of which showed well), Rudd’s Apalis, Karoo Eremomela, Yellow-tufted and Yellow-breasted Pipits, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Southern Tchagra, both sugarbirds, Cape and Drakensburg Siskins, Black-headed Canary and Green and Pink-throated Twinspots. On the mammal front highlights were the expected White Rhinos and two unexpected treats, a lovely Serval and a herd of around 2- African Elephants.

Orange Ground Thrush (Simon Harrap)

Orange Ground Thrush (Simon Harrap)