The West Coast National Park for seabirds by the thousand, spring flowers by the million, a few hundred antelope, and a sun-lit lagoon.

The West Coast National Park for seabirds by the thousand, spring flowers by the million, a few hundred antelope, and a sun-lit lagoon.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve (between Tswane and Johannesburg) - SA Tourism site has useful information including "African fish eagle, half-collared and giant kingfishers, and purple gallinule. You’ll also find grassland specials like the grass owl, spikeheeled lark, buffy pipit and orange-throated longclaw."

Male Southern Red Bishop, or Red Bishop, Euplectes orix at Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa, by Derek Keats on.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve, in the North West Province has a "variety of habitats, ranging from grassland, woodland, mountains and ravines to bushveld and a huge dam" . Situated in the crater of an extinct volcano. According to SA Tourism's site it is home to over 300 species

Pilanesberg Game Reserve, in the North West Province has a "variety of habitats, ranging from grassland, woodland, mountains and ravines to bushveld and a huge dam" . Situated in the crater of an extinct volcano. According to SA Tourism's site it is home to over 300 species

Wakkerstroom border of Mpumalanga and KZN. Rudd’s Lark, Bothas Lark, Yellow Breasted Pipit, Blue Korhaan and Southern Bald Ibis,  blue and crowned cranes,  the white-winged flufftail"  "Situated in the Grasslands Biosphere Reserve – South Africa’s largest grassland biome, covering 27% of the country and ranked alongside the Russian steppes, North American prairies and South American pampas." http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-birdlife-south-africa

Wakkerstroom border of Mpumalanga and KZN. Rudd’s Lark, Bothas Lark, Yellow Breasted Pipit, Blue Korhaan and Southern Bald Ibis, blue and crowned cranes, the white-winged flufftail" "Situated in the Grasslands Biosphere Reserve – South Africa’s largest grassland biome, covering 27% of the country and ranked alongside the Russian steppes, North American prairies and South American pampas." http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-birdlife-south-africa

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State - 175 species of birds including  buzzards, kestrels, Verreaux's eagles, Lanner Falcons, threatened Bearded Vulture. According to SA Tourism's website "two threatened endemic species – the Yellow-breasted pipit and Southern bald ibis – are present. Other local birds with a limited distribution found here include the blue korhaan and the handsome Drakensberg rock-jumper."

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State - 175 species of birds including buzzards, kestrels, Verreaux's eagles, Lanner Falcons, threatened Bearded Vulture. According to SA Tourism's website "two threatened endemic species – the Yellow-breasted pipit and Southern bald ibis – are present. Other local birds with a limited distribution found here include the blue korhaan and the handsome Drakensberg rock-jumper."

Another useful website with overview of birding in South Africa.

South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world, offering an unbeatable combination of variety of birds, well-developed transpo.

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - birding, hiking, game viewing, flowers. Spring-Summer time of year

Situated just off the highway and within easy driving distance from Johannesburg, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is the ideal getaway for hiking, mountain

File:Marievale Bird sanctuary flyer.pdf

File:Marievale Bird sanctuary flyer.pdf

Pelagic species in South Africa - South African Tourism site has a helpful overview of where to go.

Expect beautiful and warm winter days. This is a view of Lion's Head and Signal Hill.

Marievale Bird Sanctuary, about 1 hour south of Jhb - species found there: "Little Bittern, Slaty Egrets, Black and Squacco herons, african rails, crakes, moorhens, cormorants and snipes, also relatively easy to see the Goliath heron, Fulvous duck and African Shelduck. Marievale sometimes ..extremely rare vagrants... sightings of buff-spotted flufftails, buff-breasted sandpiper, SA Tourism's website has lots of useful information for planning a visit.

Marievale Bird Sanctuary, about 1 hour south of Jhb - species found there: "Little Bittern, Slaty Egrets, Black and Squacco herons, african rails, crakes, moorhens, cormorants and snipes, also relatively easy to see the Goliath heron, Fulvous duck and African Shelduck. Marievale sometimes ..extremely rare vagrants... sightings of buff-spotted flufftails, buff-breasted sandpiper, SA Tourism's website has lots of useful information for planning a visit.

Bird Island Nature Reserve, off the Western Cape coast. " something of a local hangout for the area’s pelagic birds, the island is also home to roosting terns, cormorants, gulls and a colony of African penguins." according to South African Tourism site.

Bird Island Nature Reserve, off the Western Cape coast. " something of a local hangout for the area’s pelagic birds, the island is also home to roosting terns, cormorants, gulls and a colony of African penguins." according to South African Tourism site.

Overview of where to go birding in South Africa - South African Tourism's website is a useful starting point.

An endangered saddle-billed stork, feeding in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

CapeBirdingRoute

CapeBirdingRoute

African Hoopoe calling its mate - YouTube

African Hoopoe calling its mate

BIRP Site summary | Marievale Bird Sanctuary (SA021)

BIRP Site summary | Marievale Bird Sanctuary (SA021)

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