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Hornbills of South Africa

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But for now, I still have the hornbills I saw in South Africa a few years ago. It is now almost exactly two years that I last was outside of China. At some point, my stock of memories of birds seen outside of China will be used up, I am afraid. I’ll always have Paris”, I guess.

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Birding the Drakensberg, South Africa

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One in November 2018 included a one-day birding trip in the Drakensberg area, a mountain range in the border area between South Africa and Lesotho. Originally restricted to Africa, it is now also well-established in parts of Europe and South Africa. But of course, it is also nice to remember past birding trips.

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Birding the Ndumo area, South Africa

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Ndumo Game Reserve lies in the Easternmost part of South Africa, close to the border of Mozambique and Eswatini. I am sure it has some value, but would I really want to spend a few months or even years on “Ticks on Crested Francolins and on the vegetation on a farm in Limpopo Province, South Africa “ ?

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Birding the Eshowe area, South Africa

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The reason to come to Eshowe as a birder is to see Dhlinza Forest, a subtropical forest important for its biodiversity. The Dhlinza Forest has a boardwalk stretching 125 metres through the forest understory to a 20 metre high viewing platform.

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Crested and Proud

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Crested Myna (Shanghai, China) Black Crested Bulbul (Nonggang, China) Crested Barbet (Letaba, Bateleur, Kruger Park, South Africa) Crested Bunting (Nonggang, China) Crested Dove (somewhere in Australia) Crested Finchbill (Tengchong, China) Crested Flameback (Taman Negara, Malaysia) Crested Francolin (Ndumo, South Africa) Crested Goshawk (Shanghai, (..)

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Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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And so, I went on the American Birding Association Safari to South Africa. That was easily fixed by adding a post-Safari trip to Eastern South Africa, led by dashing Rockjumper guide Clayton Burne, to my itinerary. The small group was a good counterpart to the large, convivial ABA Safari group of 98 birders.

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Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

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The history of Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is a slightly unusual one. It is a good place for South African birders, as several species are found here and nowhere else in South Africa, and it holds a small number of endemics that it shares with the Mozambique lowlands.