Birding in the Kgalagadi - Dec 2017


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This post aims to highlight the incredible bird watching opportunities the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers to the avid bird enthusiast.

Therefore the annual Kgalagadi camping trip was met with great anticipation due to the opportunity of expanding my bird list and I must say that the Kgalagadi didn't disappoint - it delivered beyond expectation. In my memory, I saw more birds on this trip than any previous trips - especially at Nossob! Wow!

My bird list went from 175 birds to 206! It was incredible!
In addition to the common/regular species that were spotted on previous trips, my Kgalagadi list included new species I have either haven't seen in a while or have never encountered before. How exciting!

Unfortunately for some bizarre reason there was a noticeable absence of raptor encounters through the Park - we only encountered a increase of raptors on the Eastern part of the Park in Botswana.

And don't discount the wildlife of the Kgalagadi either especially at the campsites.

My Kgalagadi bird list consists of:
1. Sociable Weaver
2. Red-crested Korhaan
3. Northern Black Korhaan
4. Common Ostrich
5. Familiar Chat
6. Yellow Canary
7. Laughing Dove
8. Kalahari Scrub Robin
9. Cape Glossy Starling
10. Groundscraper Thrush
11. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
12. White-browed Sparrow-weaver
13. Cape Crow
14. Common Fiscal
15. African Hoopoe
16. Namaqua Sandgrouse
17. Fork-tailed Drongo
18. Kori Bustard
19. Pale Chanting Goshawk
20. Gabar Goshawk
21. Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
22. Crimson-breasted Shrike
23. Cape Sparrow
24. Cape Turtle-Dove
25. Burchell's Starling
26. Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler
27. Black-chested Prinia
28. African Grey Hornbill
29. Common (Greater) Scimitarbill
30. Red-billed Quelea
31. Shaft-tailed Whydah
32. Namaqua Dove
33. Great Sparrow
34. Scaly-feathered Finch
35. Red-eyed Bulbul
36. Lilac-breasted Roller
37. Lappet-faced Vulture
38. White-backed Vulture
39. Yellow-billed Hornbill
40. Red-billed Spurfowl
41. Violet-eared Waxbill
42. Bateleur
43. Greater Kestrel

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