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BIRDS of KRUGER photo safari - October 2016

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 4th Nov 2016

Kruger this year has been feeling the effects of quite a severe drought and the park was looking very dry. There was very little grass cover evident throughout the park and of course there was a shortage of water. The Hippo population has been particuarly badly hit and we saw many Hippo carcasses on our journey from the North of the park to the South. However despite the drough the bird encounters remained very good with a total of 185 species seen and photographed.

Northern Kruger again provided some special sightings and we got to see and photograph the Meve's Starling, Trumpeter Hornbill at a nest site and the unusual looking Crested Guineafowl, only found in Northern Kruger.

A few of our other bird highlights were watching a fight between an African Hoopoe and a Greater Blue - eared Starling, two Crowned Hornbills each eating a large locust, a tiny Pygmy Kingfisher, an African Finfoot, the Grey Backed Cameroptera and a Red Headed Weaver at its nest.

Of course we also bumped into a number of great mammal sightings which included a pack of Endangered African Wilddogs, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, a few of Kruger's Big Tusker elephants, White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck and a number of sightings of the rarely seen Sharpe's Grysbok.

Many thanks to Brian and Marian for joining us on this "Birds of Kruger" photo safari, it was great to travel with you and officially set a new "Birds of Kruger" photo record !

Here are some of the images from the safari.

Best wishes

Stu

Black - collared Barbet
Black - collared Barbet
White - fronted Bee - eaters
White - fronted Bee - eaters
European Bee - eater
European Bee - eater
Little Bee - eater
Little Bee - eater
Yellow - Bellied Greenbul
Yellow - Bellied Greenbul
Sombre Greenbul
Sombre Greenbul
Dark - capped Bulbul
Dark - capped Bulbul
Klaas's Cuckoo
Klaas's Cuckoo
Diederik Cuckoo
Diederik Cuckoo
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Turtle Dove
Laughing Dove
Laughing Dove
African Mourning Dove
African Mourning Dove
African Green Pigeon
African Green Pigeon
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
African Fish Eagle
African Fish Eagle
African Fish Eagles
African Fish Eagles
Tawny Eagles
Tawny Eagles
Wahlberg's Eagle
Wahlberg's Eagle
Bateleur Eagles
Bateleur Eagles
Brown Snake Eagle
Brown Snake Eagle
African Harrier - Hawk
African Harrier - Hawk
White Backed Vulture
White Backed Vulture
Hooded Vultures
Hooded Vultures
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
African Paradise Fly - catcher
African Paradise Fly - catcher
Crested Francolin
Crested Francolin
Double - banded Sandgrouse
Double - banded Sandgrouse
Red - crested Korhaan
Red - crested Korhaan
Crested Guineafowl
Crested Guineafowl
Crested Guineafowl
Crested Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
African Hoopoe and Greater Blue - eared Starling
African Hoopoe and Greater Blue - eared Starling
African Hoopoe
African Hoopoe
Green Wood - hoopoe
Green Wood - hoopoe
Yellow Billed Hornbills
Yellow Billed Hornbills
Crowned Hornbills
Crowned Hornbills
Trumpeter Hornbill
Trumpeter Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
Pygmy Kingfisher
Pygmy Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
Brown - Hooded Kingfisher
Brown - Hooded Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Grey Go - away - bird
Grey Go - away - bird
Black - headed Oriole
Black - headed Oriole
Verreaux's Eagle - Owl
Verreaux's Eagle - Owl
Pearl - spotted Owlet
Pearl - spotted Owlet
African Barred Owlet
African Barred Owlet
African Scops Owl
African Scops Owl
Red - billed Oxpecker
Red - billed Oxpecker
Yellow - billed Oxpecker
Yellow - billed Oxpecker
Brown - headed Parrot
Brown - headed Parrot
White - Browed Robin Chat
White - Browed Robin Chat
White - Browed Scrub Robin
White - Browed Scrub Robin
Mocking Cliff Chat
Mocking Cliff Chat
Lilac - breasted Roller
Lilac - breasted Roller
Purple Roller
Purple Roller
Broad - Billed Roller
Broad - Billed Roller
Male Chinspot Batis
Male Chinspot Batis
Female Chinspot Batis
Female Chinspot Batis
Female Puffback
Female Puffback
Male Puffback
Male Puffback
Grey - headed Bushshrike
Grey - headed Bushshrike
Magpie Shrikes
Magpie Shrikes
Fork - tailed Drongo
Fork - tailed Drongo
Burchell's Coucal
Burchell's Coucal
White - crested Helmet - Shrike
White - crested Helmet - Shrike
Retz's Helmet - Shrikes
Retz's Helmet - Shrikes
Blue Waxbill
Blue Waxbill
Golden - breasted Bunting
Golden - breasted Bunting
Southern Black Tit
Southern Black Tit
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
Sabota Lark
Sabota Lark
Cape White - eye
Cape White - eye
Red - headed Finches
Red - headed Finches
Grey - backed Cameroptera
Grey - backed Cameroptera
Long - billed Crombec
Long - billed Crombec
Greater Blue - eared Starling
Greater Blue - eared Starling
Meve's Starling
Meve's Starling
Burchell's Starling
Burchell's Starling
Violet - backed Starling
Violet - backed Starling
Red - winged Starling
Red - winged Starling
White - bellied Sunbird
White - bellied Sunbird
Red - breasted Swallows
Red - breasted Swallows
Lesser Striped Swallows
Lesser Striped Swallows
Lesser Striped Swallow
Lesser Striped Swallow
Groundscraper Thrush
Groundscraper Thrush
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Three - banded Plover
Three - banded Plover
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Little Stint
Little Stint
African Jacana
African Jacana
Black - winged Stilt
Black - winged Stilt
Black Crake
Black Crake
Green - backed Heron
Green - backed Heron
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Yellow Billed Storks
Yellow Billed Storks
Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
African Finfoot
African Finfoot
Water Thick - knee
Water Thick - knee
Egyptian Goose and Gosling
Egyptian Goose and Gosling
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose
Headed Ibis
Headed Ibis
Southern Boubou
Southern Boubou
Red - headed Weaver
Red - headed Weaver
Red - headed Weaver at nest
Red - headed Weaver at nest
Thick - billed Weaver
Thick - billed Weaver
Red - billed Buffalo Weaver
Red - billed Buffalo Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver
Male Lesser Masked Weaver
Male Lesser Masked Weaver
Female Lesser Masked Weaver
Female Lesser Masked Weaver
Brubru
Brubru
Rattling Cisticola
Rattling Cisticola
Tawny - flanked Prinia
Tawny - flanked Prinia
Fish in the Sabi River
Fish in the Sabi River
Leopard Tortoise drinking rain water from the road
Leopard Tortoise drinking rain water from the road
Nile Crocodile
Nile Crocodile
Tawny Plated Lizard
Tawny Plated Lizard
African Wild dogs
African Wild dogs
African Wild dog
African Wild dog
African Wild dog
African Wild dog
Klipspringer
Klipspringer
Zebra Foal
Zebra Foal
Blue Wildebeest
Blue Wildebeest
Zebra running
Zebra running
African Elephant
African Elephant
Spotted Hyaena
Spotted Hyaena
African Buffalo
African Buffalo
Male Nyala Antelope
Male Nyala Antelope
Chacma Baboon
Chacma Baboon
Greater Kudu Bull
Greater Kudu Bull
Common Waterbuck
Common Waterbuck
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Giraffe Drinking  - Shingwedzi River
Giraffe Drinking - Shingwedzi River
Elephants at Redrocks in Northern Kruger
Elephants at Redrocks in Northern Kruger
Cheetah
Cheetah
Big Tusker near Shingwedzi
Big Tusker near Shingwedzi
Hippos
Hippos
Hinged Terrapin
Hinged Terrapin
Cheetah with kill near Satara
Cheetah with kill near Satara
Greater Kudu Bull
Greater Kudu Bull
Male Lions near Satara
Male Lions near Satara
A very dry looking Nsemani Dam near Satara
A very dry looking Nsemani Dam near Satara
Hippo and Crocodile
Hippo and Crocodile
Lions near Skukuza
Lions near Skukuza
African Buffalo in the Sabi River
African Buffalo in the Sabi River
Lions on rocks
Lions on rocks
Male Leopard
Male Leopard
White Rhino
White Rhino
Sharpe's Grysbok
Sharpe's Grysbok

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7 Comments

  • Just been taken right back there,  fabulous photographs Stu.

    Sharron franks - November 04th, 2016 at 9:10am

  • Wow!!  These are great.  Looks like in spite of the arid conditions, you had much success.  Peggy and I are so excited about seeing the shots from the upcoming Kenya Safari, not to mention our trip next year.  Did you take most of the bird photos with your 400 2.8, and full frame Canon?  Thanks, and good luck in Kenya.  Jim

    Jim Betz - November 04th, 2016 at 10:48am

  • Excellent wish I was there I am still dreaming of my trip
    You are the best wild life photographer

    Ulhas Mayekar - November 04th, 2016 at 11:59am

  • Amazing bird s…photos are wonderful and the diversification amazing…thanks for sharing.  Hope we can join you again someday…

    John Huenink - November 04th, 2016 at 12:16pm

  • What an exciting trip!  You’ve shown us some of the birds…but this array is spectacular.  Of course, I love other animals as well.  Great job…as usual!

    Toni Anderson - November 04th, 2016 at 1:13pm

  • Thanks for sharing.  Wish we were there.  Say hello to Mamai for us in Kenya.  We look forward to our 4th safari with Wild 4!.

    Michael Anderson - November 04th, 2016 at 1:15pm

  • Fabulous images Stu as always. I love looking at all your trip reports and wish I could experience them all. The Namibia trip this year was an outstanding experience and I have many beautiful images to bring back many happy memories. Thankyou Wild4 and hope to travel with you again soon. Best wishes, Lesley and Steve Middleton, UK

    Lesley Middleton - November 07th, 2016 at 10:51am

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Testimonials This was the second trip I have booked through Wild4 and one of the most memorable and pleasurable trips I have ever been on in my life. We were blessed with incredible sightings from a frenzy of feeding wild dog to mating black mambas. The list is endless and the memories will linger for ever in the form of some great images shot from the customised vehicles driven by expert drivers. The camps chosen were great and there was a real and genuine feeling of being a part of your surroundings. A truly African experience. Botswana certainly came up trumps when delivering us such great sightings. From the bush to the Chobe river and the specially adapted photographic boats, you could not have asked for more. I must extend an enormous thank you to you Stu, for your endless patience and professionalism in everything you did for us. Thank you. Also a big thank you to Justyna who’s meticulous planning ensured a seamless trip to and in between each of our camps and destinations. Good job!

Stephen Tattersall, UK

Testimonials If anyone is contemplating a photo trip to Africa, then we would have absolutely no hesitation in recomending Stu Porter and Wild4 Photographic Safaris. It doesn't really matter what your level of skill is you will get as much or as little help and advice as you wish to receive. Nothing is thrust down your throat and Stu doesn't spend all his time taking his own photographs as some do. Stu has taken a huge amount of time and trouble in customising and setting up his safari vehicle and the effort he's put in makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Tethered bean bags are provided and secure plate mounts on the side of the vehicle will also take your tripod head ensuring a rock steady platform and Stu most certainly knows where the animals are. Particularly enjoyable was the time we spent at the Big Cat Reserve (part of the 4 night extension) which is an unbelieveable photographic experience. Many thanks WILD4 !

Rob & Sue Brookes, UK