South Africa 2011: Kruger National Park Photo Report 2 – The Birds

Although this is not Kenya or East Africa I couldn’t resist posting these incredible photographs of birds by Mortal Coil in Kruger National Park South Africa.

Enjoy my fellow birders!

– Joe

Mortal Coil

On our self-drive safari adventure in Kruger National Park (see previous entry on the “Big Five” here) we were amazed at the sheer variety and exoticism of the birds we saw. Apparently over 400 species (resident and migratory) call Kruger home, at least for part of the year. The park is really well set-up for birdwatching, with many hides set up next to waterholes and so on, and while I would not in any way call myself a twitcher, I did at least take an interest in what birds crossed paths with me, which is more than I can say at other times in my life.

In any event, we were lucky enough to encounter these fellows during our time in Kruger:

Scops Owl
Scops Owl

Common/Steppe Buzzard, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Common/Steppe Buzzard

Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron

Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Glossy Starling

Southern Masked Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver

Southern Ground-Hornbill with Scorpion
Southern Ground-Hornbill with Scorpion

Common Bulbul, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Common Bulbul in a Bird Bath

Lilac Breasted Roller
Lilac Breasted Roller

Martial Eagle in Flight, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Martial Eagle…

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