Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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And so, back to political entities, this field guide covers Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe , the southern half of Mozambique (south of the Zambezi River), South Africa , Lesotho and Eswatini ( Swaziland ). uncommon), as well as when it breeds in the region.

South Africa’s endemic birds

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Drakensberg (or Orange-breasted) Rockjumper is a Drakensberg Mountain species whose range is shared with the tiny landlocked kingdom of Lesotho. One of the Drakensberg Rockjumper ’s most reliable stake-outs is Sani Pass, a winding 4×4 track from the village of Himeville into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Males of this species are more brightly colored in their non-breeding winter plumage. My home country of South Africa can only be described as a birding paradise!

The Storks of Africa

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Yellow-billed Stork portrait (note the pink flush indicating breeding status), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania by Adam Riley The Yellow-billed Stork has a closely-related sister species in Asia known as Painted Stork. During breeding season, their white plumage turns a delicate pink color, a lovely sight indeed. During the intervening years it has spread right down to the far south of the province as well as inland, with hundreds of breeding pairs now in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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The trip itself gave me a chance to experience rural areas of South Africa, bird the tiny country of Lesotho, see a lot of larks and cisticolas (small brownish birds whose identification challenges make sparrow identification look simple), three turacos in one day, and this incredible Narina Trogon (which I had also seen on the Safari, but not half as clear or close). I wanted Penguins. And Sunbirds.

KwaZulu-Natal

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This image shows Sani Pass, a rough 4×4 track leading into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This bird breeds in the forests of the Transkei area and is only a winter visitor to KwaZulu-Natal. “ There is, perhaps, no better place in the world for birds than this country.

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