17 November 2012

ADVENTURE BIRDING DAY @ Hazyview, Mpumalanga 

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Bird watching in the Hazyview and Sabie valley is a must!

Surrounded by unspoiled indigenous forests and rivers (Mac Mac, Sabie, and Sabaan Rivers) it can only bring forth unimaginable sightings. The man made forest and agriculture activities in the area attract birds from all over. It also provides the perfect ecosystem to attract various bird species. The African Fin-foot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (spotted regularly 2012 NOV), the beautiful Narina Trogon and the Knysna Turaco have been spotted frequently in this area.

Combining this pristine setting with some of our fun filled activities, we bring you the Adventure Birding Day. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome. If you enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and like to mingle with fellow birders, this is the outing for you. Have a look at our unique bird list of rare and interesting sightings.

The day will consist of a morning birding session starting at 7:30 until 11:00. No more sightings may be added after 11:00, and Prize Giving will be done at 11:30-12:00.

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Available activities for the bird watching weekend 


Quad Bike Birding

Quad biking is a fun way to explore areas that cannot be reached by bigger vehicles. Birding on a quad bike? This may give you the feeling that you will chase away the birds. It won’t! In fact it will meet your highest expectations!!! Having a 360 view, the confluence of the three rivers will provide bird life unimaginable. Purple-Crested Turaco, Bee–eaters, Rufous, chested Sparrowhawk’s and Southern Boubou, are some of the few we spot on the trails. The idea is to drive to different “hot spots”; once there you will be able to explore on foot before departing to the next. In this way you can move deeper into the thickets and quicker to where you want to be, seeing a bigger variety in a shorter period of time. Narina Trogon is an almost guaranteed sighting.

Mountain Birding on a bike

You will cycle along the Mac Mac, Sabaan and Sabie Rivers, which will take you through diverse habitats that are excellent for birding. Eagles, Narina Trogons, Turacos, Cuckoo’s and Robins. are ever present,not forgetting the smaller LBJ’s (little brown jobs). Stop where you want to stop, cycle where you want to cycle. We have five (5) well marked routes for you to choose from or just follow the sound of the next bird call.

Birding on foot

Hiking on foot, only hearing the sound of your footsteps, water and bird-life. Perfect setup to find Cuckoo’s,the Mountain wagtail, Bee eaters, Robins and Cameroptera’s, to mention a few right here on the doorstep of Induna Adventures.


River Birding

You will be rafting down the Sabie River with guides that can look after your equipment if necessary.  Paddling down the river gives you the perfect opportunity to spot the Half- collared Kingfisher and African Finfoot. Once you have reached your destination, you will be able to explore the surrounding dry land before departing back to our office via vehicle.

Transfer Birding

This activity allows you to be transferred with a vehicle to the birding “hotspots” in the Hazyview area. Because of the transport you will be able to visit all the different habitats this area has to offer. African Pygmy Goose, Amethyst Sunbird, Olive Woodpecker, White-crowned Lapwing, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Cinnamon Dove,  Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Blue-Mantled Flycatcher, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-Streaked Bulbul, Tambourine Dove, Chorister Robin, Swee Waxbill and plenty more. Depending on the time available you will visit three areas.

 

– All activities start from Induna Adventures and are guided.

– All activities will take place in and around Hazyview, Mpumalanga.

– Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizes will also be handed out for the following:

  1. Most different raptor species identified.
  2. Most different king fisher species identified.
  3. For identifying all the unique species to the area on the list.
  4. Most birds identified
  5. Best photo. (If pictures are taken).

To participate you have to enter as a team (with minimum of two to a maximum of four people). All sightings have to be confirmed with a fellow team member and team members will have to stick together

Come and enjoy the fun filled day with us

Unique Birding list

Alpha sort

Sasol Page No

Roberts 6 Sort

Alphabetical Name

Full Name

Scientific Name

37

260

445

Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Merops hirundineus

51

374

736

Boubou, Southern Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus

65

376

747

Bush-Shrike, Gorgeous Gorgeous Bush-Shrike Chlorophoneus viridis

156

300

540

Cuckooshrike, Grey Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia

175

76

115

Duck, Comb Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos

219

146

229

Finfoot, African African Finfoot Podica senegalensis

295

106

169

Hawk, African Harrier- African Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides typus

316

270

475

Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Scaly-throated Honeyguide Indicator variegatus

323

264

455

Hornbill, Trumpeter Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes bucinator

341

254

432

Kingfisher, African Pygmy- African Pygmy-Kingfisher Ispidina picta

345

254

430

Kingfisher, Half-collared Half-collared Kingfisher Alcedo semitorquata

366

168

255

Lapwing, Crowned Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus

738

274

470

Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus chrysoconus

745

252

427

Trogon, Narina Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina

753

418

835

Twinspot, Green Green Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula

769

362

712

Wagtail, Mountain Mountain Wagtail Motacilla clara

836

278

483

Woodpecker, Golden-tailed Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni

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