Archive for the ‘Birding’ category

A Kruger Getaway

August 16th, 2010

Pretoriuskop Camp, Kruger National Park
Near: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
GPS: -25.16949, 31.26876
When: 2007-06-23

Highveld Sunrise

Highveld Sunrise

Driving through a before-sunrise white wonderland of, well, frost, we made our way east to the Kruger National Park. We are very fond of our birthday getaways there and making this the new RAV’s first one, we’re sure that it would be as special and memorable… » Read more: A Kruger Getaway

Mouth open for the Openbill

January 4th, 2010
African Openbill

Openbill vs. Plover

Centurion with its disappearing wetlands and clinging on for dear life little rivers does indeed still have its welcome surprises:

I went mountain biking today, and on my way back drove past a small patch of water close to Eco Park Estate’s entrance. Here I saw a lost, but equally placid with its new Blacksmith Plover friends, African Openbill Stork.

With its large beak and separated mandibles touching only at the tip, it was doing its little bit to catch frogs which might make it strong and help it get of the IUCN endangered animals list.

I could get quite close to take a picture. This is my first time to see one, and I will check up on its welfare every time I cycle here.

Finding the Nothern Pintail Duck

June 23rd, 2007

Diepsloot Nature Reserve
Near: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.93688, 27.98807
When: 2007-06-23
Who: Thinus, Martin, Hannelie

Finding the Nothern Pintail DuckThe early morning’s thinnest sliver of light appeared silently. Several billion trillion tons of super hot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp. There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, when there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath… » Read more: Finding the Nothern Pintail Duck

Marsh Owl in Centurion

May 23rd, 2007

Eco Park Estate
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.87323, 28.18467
When: 2007-05-23
Who: Thinus


Marsh Owl in Centurion This saga unfolds on one of my more frequent ‘outings’. See, Tuesdays and Thursdays are “lets see if we can fit 3 days into one” days at one of the places where I work. Louis, ThinusH and me then try and re-invent the word ‘overtime’ by working till about 1am. Considering that our day starts at around 8am, to the untrained ear this might sound quite hectic. But, around 5pm we go mountain biking together for about an hour in the hills of Centurion and Zwartkops. This means we get out, see the sun and sweat a bit. Actually we have nothing to complain about. (And we don’t). » Read more: Marsh Owl in Centurion

My Birthday in Rietvlei Dam

November 19th, 2006

Rietvlei Dam Resort
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.86937, 28.269236
When: 2006-11-18 to 2006-11-19
Who: Thinus, Naas, Werner, Dries, Marietta, Rudi, Mary-Ann, Corne

My Birthday in Rietvlei DamUsually it rains when we go camping but this time it poured! There were robot crossings where we couldn’t go through because of boulders being washed down the streets. Bad news, as I arranged this date so nicely to coincide with one of the liveliest meteor showers in the year, the Leonid Meteor Shower. It happens right on my b-day, but being November, and our rainy season, not visible every time. » Read more: My Birthday in Rietvlei Dam

Rhemardo Church Camp

October 8th, 2006

Rhemardo Mineral Springs Holiday Resort
Near: Mookgophong (Naboomspruit), Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.447916, 28.609796
When: 2006-10-06 to 2006-10-08
Who: Thinus, Elizna, Carel, Dries, Marietta, Mariaan, Stefan, Martin, Hannelie, church group…

Rhemardo Church CampLimpopo Provinsie hou sover die rekord vir die meeste bestemmings van ek begin tel het. Dis wat gebeur as jy van warm vakansie wil hou – neuk noord! Maar hierdie keer het ons nie die plek gekies nie. Dit was Philadelphia gemeente se jaarlikse kerk kamp, en ons ‘kamp groepie’ het besluit om saam die groot mense te gaan. Hulle het vir ‘n deel namens ons betaal, so ons kon nie nee sê nie :-) » Read more: Rhemardo Church Camp

Birding in Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

September 30th, 2006

Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -
25.88242, 28.26430
When: 2006-09-30
Who: Thinus

Rietvlei Dam Nature ReserveRietvlei Dam Nature Reserve is a 4000 hectare reserve, one of a very few situated in the grassland biome on the highveld of Southern Africa. This means there’s not a rich diversity of bird species, but still it hosts many of the endemics of Southern Africa. About 80 different bird species can be seen in a good morning/afternoon trip. It is also a sanctuary for rhino, buffalo and various antelope species. » Read more: Birding in Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

My Birdlist

September 15th, 2006

Last updated: 2007-06-01
outings.thinusbotha.co.za/birdlist/

As the number of birds on my list picks up, I at last found some time to set up my official list of bird species seen so far. This list will only show the unique species I’ve seen and where I’ve seen them for the first time. (aka my Life List, in birder lingo).

Take a look and leave a comment if you find something interesting, name a cool place to go and explore, or just share something with us all about one of your special birds on your list.