Friday, January 31, 2014

Birds. All I Really Want is Birds.

Mom, Jeremiah, this post is for you!

According to a magazine found in the hotel we stayed at in Pretoria, there are some 507 species of birds in Kruger National Park. Not surprisingly, we saw just a small sampling of them -- some 68 that we could identify, plus many more that were too small, too quick or too not-in-the-book for us to identify. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full list, if you dare!)

Here are some of the ones we got decent (sometimes even good!) photos of:


Swainson's Spurfowl (aka "Red-faced Chicken") a daily sighting.

Pearl-Spotted Owlet (aka "tiny owl") seen on our first night drive.

European Roller, commonly spotted along the roadways, this bird is beautiful

Southern Ground Hornbill (aka "the endangered weird-looking bird")

Ostrich (aka "fluffy rock")

Spotted Eagle Owl, as seen on our second night drive

Cattle Egret

Kori Bustard (aka "kori bastard")

Crested Barbet, often seen on the deck at Olifants Restaurants

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork in flight!

Another European Roller
Southern Carmine Bee-eater
Cape Turle-Dove, mid song
White-headed Vulture pair
White Stork, preparing for take-off
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl looking super fluffy
Woodland Kingfisher
Lilac-breasted Roller, so pretty!
Inquisitive Green-backed Heron
White-backed Vulture
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Burchell's Coucal
Red-crested Korhaan
Paradise Whydah

And here are a few more unknowns. Perhaps you can identify them?
Mystery Eagle
Mystery Goshawk?
Tree full of songbirds of indeterminable species
Sky full of vultures awaiting feeding time at the vulture restaurant at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center.


Here's the complete list of birds we identified for anyone who is crazy enough to care:

  1. Egyptian Gose
  2. Comb Duck
  3. White-faced Duck
  4. Green-backed Heron
  5. Goliath Heron
  6. Grey Heron
  7. Cattle Egret
  8. Great Egret
  9. Saddle-billed Stork
  10. White Stork
  11. Marabou Stork
  12. Red-crested Korhaan
  13. Kori Bustard
  14. Crested Francolin
  15. Natal Spurfoel
  16. Swainson's Spurfowl
  17. Helmeted Guineafowl
  18. Cape Turtle-Dove
  19. Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  20. Red-billed Oxpecker
  21. Red-billed Buffalo-weaver
  22. Greater Blue-eared Starling
  23. Cape Glossy Starling
  24. Burchell's Starling
  25. Black-headed Oriole
  26. Red-billed Quelea
  27. Paradise Whydah
  28. Pin-tailed Whydah
  29. Southern BouBou
  30. Three-banded Plover
  31. Southern White-crowned Shrike
  32. Magpie Shrike
  33. Red-backed Shrike
  34. Southern Carmine Bee-eater
  35. Fork-tailed Drongo
  36. Burchell's Coucal
  37. Grey Hornbill
  38. Southern Yellow Hornbill
  39. Red-billed Hornbill
  40. Southern Ground-Hornbill
  41. Water Thick-knee
  42. Crowned Lapwing
  43. Double-banded Sandgrouse
  44. African Hoopoe
  45. Grey Go-away-bird
  46. Woodland Kingfisher
  47. Lilac-breasted Roller
  48. European Roller
  49. Chinspot Batis
  50. Cape Vulture
  51. Hooded Vulture
  52. Lappet-faced Vulture
  53. White-backed Vulture
  54. African Crowned Eagle
  55. African Fish-Eagle
  56. Martial Eagle
  57. Brown Snake Eagle
  58. Walhberg's Eagle
  59. Gabor Goshawk
  60. Black-shouldered Kite
  61. Yellow-billed Kite
  62. Steppe Buzzard
  63. Spotted Eagle Owl
  64. Verreaux's Eagle Owl
  65. Giant Eagle Owl
  66. Barn Owl
  67. Pearl-spotted Owlet
  68. Common Ostrich



  1. Very Nice Pics and greta birds on the list!
    Mystery eagle looks like a young Martial Eagle,
    After That is a Female Amur Falcon.
    The Cattle Egret is probably a Intermediate Egret, not Cattle :)

    1. Thanks Walter for filling in the blanks and for the Egret update! Hope to check out your vulture restaurant later this month.