450 up!

All the time I’ve spent tracking and photographing Wild Dogs recently has also given me the chance to notch up a personal milestone of ticking off 450 birds in Southern Africa…not bad for a casual birder who spends nearly all his time in the bush and not enough time at the coast!

The Limpopo river valley along South Africa’s borders with Zimbabwe and Botswana, notorious among birders, has been exceptionally rewarding as usual and as well as regulars like the Pied Kingfisher and Black Crake, has yielded ‘lifers’ for me such as the Blackcheeked Waxbill and Tropical Boubou.

A rare opportunity to spend some time in KwaZulu-Natal shortly should help to push that tally up towards that 500 mark…

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2 Responses to “450 up!”

  1. artistatexit0 Says:

    That’s an amazing number of birds! How long did it take to see that many species?

    • neilaldridge Says:

      Yeah, probably only been counting for the last 5 or 6 years now. Although it’s only about half the number of birds in South Africa that there are to tick-off so I’ve got some work to do!

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