Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

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Southern Ground-Hornbill. Photo © Adam Riley Southern White-faced Owl. Photo © Adam Riley Birding with vervet monkeys at Kruger National Park. Photo © Keith Barnes 46 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 South Africa uous when vocalizing, this charismatic species possesses an incredible ability to disappear among the boulders. Rocky outcroppings and slopes also support Verreaux's Eagle (which preys predomi- nantly on the abundant rock hyrax), Rock Kestrel, the strange Ground Woodpecker, and Sentinel and Cape rock-thrushes. Nearby, thick mountain Fynbos is the fa- vored habitat of the beautiful Victorin's Warbler, among other Fynbos specialties. Tankwa Karoo • Roughly three hours' drive inland from Cape Town, the Karoo is the semiarid central plateau of South Africa and offers endless vistas and stark beauty. The open fats are home to spe- cies such as Karoo and Spike-heeled larks; Tractrac, Sickle-winged, and Karoo chats; the elusive Karoo Eremomela; the delight- ful Rufous-eared Warbler; and Yellow and White-throated canaries. Pale Chanting Goshawks may perch conspicuously on any vantage point. It is worth stopping to listen for the distinctive fight calls of Namaqua Sandgrouse or the strange croaking of Karoo Korhaan. If you're for- tunate, Ludwig's Bustard, Black-headed Canary, and Black-eared Sparrow-Lark may be found here. Rocky canyons har- bor Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, White- backed Mousebird, Acacia Pied-Barbet, Pririt Batis, and Namaqua, Layard's, Chestnut-vented, and Fairy warblers. A 2.5-hour fight from Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport will whisk you to a much differ- ent, subtropical world. Kruger National Watching elephants in Kruger National Park. Photo © Keith Barnes 7-South Africa.indd 46 3/4/14 1:12 PM

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