Hello fellow bird lovers.
I have just returned from a great trip to South Africa to see family and enjoy a bit of a break from the cold in London . We were based in Durban in the province of Kwazulu Natal and as it’s about a 2 hour drive from the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, I thought it would be rude not to pay it a visit. I only booked in for 4 days and the main focus was to get some new photographs of some of the local wildlife with the greener and more lush backgrounds that occur because of the abundant December rain.
The Reserve has listed around 400 bird species that can be seen on your trip and I was lucky enough to get around 130 in the 4 days without really looking. The main character I wanted to photograph was the Crested Guineafowl with its feathery wig and I got a great photo opportunity on the third day.
I also got some photos of the lovely Trumpeter Hornbill which was a lifer for me. Here are some of my favourites from the trip.
To view some photos of the mammals I encountered please take a look at the Hluhluwe trip report
Wayne, what stunning pictures, dont know how you do it! Love the Crested Guineafowl. The images are so sharp… wow
Hello Charles. Thanks for the comment mate. Keep well and Merry Christmas
You are not kidding when you said you were after birds, thats a lot of birds. I like the oxpecker the most.
Lol…I did say that. thanks for the comment mate.
Super set of images Wayne, it’s on my list to visit this part of South Africa so it was a great intro to the birdlife. Especially like that bathing Starling!
Thanks Tom. It is a great Birding place along With St Lucia which is nearby.
Hi Wayne, truly beautiful photographs. We visited the park over the past weekend – it was my sixth visit in 2 years and for the first time ever we saw the European Bee-eaters. If you visit again, Mkuze and Ithala are lovely for birders as well. Just a quick one though – is your 3rd kite not a black kite by any chance? 🙂
Many thanks for the comments. I love the park as it is a little gem albeit very green this time round. I have been to Ithala, but many years ago.
I had a long debate on a forum over the kite and was told its a juvenile Yellow billed, although there were few dissenting voices. So I left it like that. I orginally had it as a Black kite…oh well I didn’t get a DNA test… 😉
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Incredible pictures, would it be possible to upload some to our site and we will also link to your website.