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STEVE PECK IN THE KRUGER NP - PART 1

Posted on the 30th August 2017

(Steve and Lee Peck visited Kruger for the first and returned with a wonderful selection of images - enjoy. - Ed.)

KNP August 2017 Part 1

Even though Lee and I didn’t need an excuse to go to the Kruger National Park, a rather important birthday made the perfect excuse to book a ten day trip there!

We are still learning about the Park, so tend to book into several rest camps (much to Anton & Elaine’s astonishment!). This way, although there is a fair bit of travelling, we do get to know the different areas better and develop a taste for those we want to return to and spend more time at in the future (all of them!)

Birding, I always find is difficult from a car, especially one that you can’t get out of along the way and, therefore, getting quality photographs is almost impossible. However, having said that, we managed over 200 species and 15 ‘lifers’ for me, so maybe it wasn’t so bad after all!

By far the best way to bird is in the camps, themselves. You can roam around, without fear of being eaten (hopefully), and even have the sun behind you for a better photo!

So, with this in mind, it was up at 5.30ish and a good old explore before breakfast and the day’s drive ahead.

I am not listing the camps visited nor the numerous species seen, but am just including a few of the better images captured to whet your appetite for your own visit to the Park.

As I said at the beginning of this report, this visit was due to a special birthday, and on that special day we spent the night in a hide in the bush. This is a story (with birds!) of its own, so it deserves a report all of its own too!

So KNP 2017 Part 2 on its way soon!

Black-collared Barbet
Crested Barbet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey-headed Bush-Shrike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-crested Korhaan
African Wattled Lapwing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Scops Owl

 

Brown Snake-Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-billed Oxpecker
Mocking Cliff Chat female

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Ground Hornbill

 

 

 

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple-crested Turaco

 

 

Giant Kingfisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-backed Cameroptera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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