Limpopo Birding Routes

  • Mapungubwe, Limpopo River Valley - Sarah Venter
  • European Roller - Dalena Mostert
  • Birding at Kurisa Moya - Joe Grosel
  • Mopani Camp Sunset, Kruger National Park - Joe Grosel
  • Klein Letaba River, Giyani - Joe Grosel
  • Crested Guineafowl - Derek Engelbrecht
  • Spoonbill - San3 de Wet

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• Discover many other great things to do during your Limpopo adventure

Upcoming Events

LBJ Identification Workshop

18 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

This two-day course by Joe Grosel deals with a practical identification process for tackling these notoriously difficult groups, including Pipits, Larks, Warblers and Cisticolas. Theoretical and practical instruction will be conducted in the Polokwane Game Reserve, home to a challenging variety of ‘little-brown-jobs’.

The cost of the course is R970/person. This includes course fees and all course material including colour identification keys, guided field outings, park entrance, and lunch on Saturday. Accommodation options are available on request.

| 082 415 5250 | joe@tembele.co.za | www.tembele.co.za |

Beginners Birds

25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

The Friends of Nylsvley and Nyl floodplain are hosting a Beginners Bird course by Geoff Lockwood. This informative course will help new birders to recognise the main characteristics for identifying birds.

The cost is R900 per person, which includes 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and training fees.

Booking is essential, contact Marion: 083 455 1736 / 012 667 2183

| friendsnylsvley@mweb.co.za | https://nylsvley.co.za |

Raptor Course

30 August 2018 - 02 September 2018

SANParks Honorary Rangers Limpopo Region invite you to join leading birding expert and ecologist Joe Grosel on an exciting three day programme which introduces participants to a practical identification system whereby the entire region’s raptor species can be recognised. Apart from the identification aspect, interesting subjects relating to the life histories and ecology of each species is also covered. The event will take place in the Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park, which due to its locality, offers some of the best raptor viewing on the continent. Activities for the weekend will include morning and afternoon bird and game spotting drives on open game-viewing vehicles in the company of Joe Grosel and Park Rangers. All proceeds from the weekend will be for the Honorary Rangers Environmental Fund.

For more information contact Charles Hardy:

| 083 457 1721 | charlois1044@gmail.com |

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Latest News & Sightings

IBA BirdLasser Challenge

02 April 2018

The Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas BirdLasser Challenge focuses on the network of 112 sites identified by BirdLife South Africa’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Programme. These IBAs are critical for the long-term survival of bird species that are globally threatened, have a restricted range or are confined to specific biomes or vegetation types. It is believed that the national IBA network holds more than 750 bird species, the challenge is see how many can be recorded in one year. It is hoped that valuable data about the distribution of birds within the IBA network will be collected. IBA’s in Limpopo are: Mapungubwe National Park, Kruger National Park and adjacent areas, Soutpansberg, Blouberg, Wolkberg Forest Belt, Polokwane Nature Reserve, Waterberg System, Nyl River Floodplain and Northern Turf Thornveld. To find out more about each IBA, go to http://birdlife.org.za/conservation/important-bird-areas/iba-directory

To take part, go to:

| https://www.birdlasser.com/challenges/ibachallenge2018/overview |

Cape Parrot Bags

01 April 2018

Look out for these beautiful Cape Parrot bags which are now for sale at Woolworths. They cost R35 each, R10 of which will be donated to BirdLife South Africa’s IBA Programme. Funds raised through this initiative will go towards helping to safeguard the remaining patches of Cape Parrot habitat, and supporting the annual Cape Parrot census. Read more at:

| http://bags4good.org.za/cape-parrots |

The 2017 Birdlife Polokwane ‘550 Limpopo Challenge’

31 March 2018

This challenge was initiated by Birdlife Polokwane in 2011 with a running list of all the bird species recorded within the borders of the Limpopo Province in a calendar year. Reports of rarities and vagrants are vetted according to the criteria used for the South African Bird Atlas Project.

The highest score recorded until 2016 was 543 in 2015. In 2017, Birdlife Polokwane Members were determined to set a new record and finally managed to achieve an incredible total of 556 species! These included some vagrant species such as American Golden Plover, Caspian Plover and Red-footed Falcon.

Download the full report by Joe Grosel in the Birdlife Polokwane newsletter The Lark 16, March/ April 2018, at:

http://www.birdlifepolokwane.co.za/includes/downloads/newsletters/2018_0304_the_lark_issue_16_march_april_2018.pdf |

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