Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Hippos in Kruger National Park. Photo © Gerald Cubitt 49 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel Snipe, White-backed Night-Heron, and Pel's Fishing-Owl. Denser forests along some of Kruger's rivers host other superb birds, including Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, and the aptly named Gorgeous Bushshrike. The availability of sunset and night drives in Kruger has opened up a whole new avenue for birders. Plan to take at least one during a stay in the park. Eleven or more species of owl are possible, with the most likely ones to be encountered including Southern White-faced Owl, Spotted Eagle-Owl, and African Scops- Owl. African Barred and Pearl-spotted owlets are more often found during the day. Other night birds you may see include Square-tailed and Fiery-necked night- jars, Spotted and Water thick-knees, and Bronze-winged Courser. It would be almost criminal—and next to impossible!—to concentrate only on birds in Kruger. Mammals cannot be avoided even by the most hardened bird- ers. It is common to be stuck on Kruger's roads as you wait for a lumbering herd of a thousand Cape buffalo to cross to a drinking point, or to be entertained by the antics of a troop of mischievous chacma baboons as they frolic in the traffc. Even Ground Woodpeckers. Photo © Adam Riley Black Stork. Photo © Adam Riley 7-South Africa.indd 49 3/4/14 1:13 PM

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