Some Bird Photography Tips

If you’re an amateur bird photographer, the southern African safari is a great option to offer, not only during the peak summer seasons but also during those wintertime months!

Here we review our birding experiences at four of southern African’s most famous game reserves to guide you in deciding where to go.

 

Kruger National Park.

The Kruger Park’s varied habitats are responsible for a bird checklist that includes over 550 species. The abundance of food sources in these habitats guarantees that various species can be found in large numbers.

 

If you edit the photographs then use clipping path tool. The park is particularly suitable for large raptors, which are rarely seen outside of the large conservation areas. A myriad of other endangered and migratory species are drawn to the unspoiled wilderness of Kruger.

The birding experience is excellent across the Kruger; however, the northern part is often the most successful photographic area for birds. One of the most well-known places to bird watch located in north Africa is the Pafuri picnic area, in which you can see a lot of “specials” not available in the rest parts of Kruger Park.

 

Most commonly observed Pafuri specials include the Lemon-breasted Canary and the Wattle-eyed flycatcher. Grey-headed Parrot, Yellow White-eye Mottled Spinetail Crested Guinea-fowl, and African Finfoot. A little less common but often observed are The Dickinson’s Kestrel, Thickbilled Cuckoo, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Goldenbacked Pytilia, Rackettailed Roller, Whitebacked Night Heron, Narina Trogon and Yellowspotted Nicator.

 

Hire clipping path company for editing photographs. These specials must be viewed at by all who travel along the Luvuvhu river, not only at the picnic area. The Pafuri region is a great place to find birding options because it is located close to Mozambique coast and is located along the Limpopo River, which acts as a migration route for birds which are usually located further towards the north and east.

The bridge that crosses the Luvuvhu River and Crook’s Corner can be especially rewarding due to the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl views.

 

The other 16 Picnic places are worth exploring since the birds are accustomed to human beings and allow you to be close to them.

 

11 bird hides are scattered in the park, of which we have located Lake Panic hide near Skukuza camp, and Sweni hide close to Satara camp, which offers the best opportunities for bird photography.

 

The main campus, as well as bushveld camps, are great for birding. Some cottages even have birdbaths in the front, a magnet for many birds. At night, you can be looking for nightjars and owls!

 

When you’re on the roads or seated at your home, you will have the chance to view and capture hundreds of birds, with some of the most popular ones being Rollers, Drongos, Storks, Starlings, Doves, Guinea-fowl Francolins as well as Hornbills, Bee-eaters and Kingfishers. Swallows, Vultures, Eagles, and Owls.

 

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The Pilanesberg is an excellent place for birding, with over 350 species identified. When we first began visiting the Pilanesberg, we saw Raptors, but the eagle and vulture sightings have been sporadic over the past few years. However, the park is excellent for water birds.

Several bird hides are constructed around shorelines of lakes or dams that provide excellent bird photography and game film photography opportunities.

The lake is vast, which means you can capture birds flying as they fly across the shoreline and land on dead trees that are in front of the hide.

Birding can be delightful in areas where you have a greater chance of spotting some birds, like The Crimson-breasted Shrike.

 

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Although the Kgalagadi provides a diverse range of birds (over the 280 species of birds have been documented), it is best known for its prey birds.

There are three primary habitats for birds in the park: the dune roads, Nossob, the Auob riverbeds, and the three main camps. The majority of bird species can be found throughout the park. However, some species are more common in the three habitats.

Examine the trees of the three camps to find Owls and other species in the bush. Our most frequent sightings of raptors have been in the waterholes along those Auob and Nossob rivers.

If you’re in one of these wilderness campsites, you will also get great bird sightings, dependent on the camp you’re at. We’ve observed Secretary Birds, Martial Eagles, Lanner Falcons, Goshawks Sand-grouse, as well as Owls at our cabins on the dune in the camping sites in the wilderness.

 

Etosha National Park

Photography of birds in Etosha can be great in winter, but it is most effective during the summer months, beginning with the rains, usually in October, and continuing through April. More than 412 species of bird have been observed in Etosha.

 

Namutoni Namutoni waterhole isn’t great for mammals, but it does result in some excellent bird sightings like Caspian Plover, Red-billed Queleas, and Greater Painted-snipe.

Be on the lookout for Palm Swift, Sunbirds, Starlings and Barn Owls, and Red-faced Mouse-birds at camp. Fisher’s pan, located close to the center, could produce lovely summer migrants, including the Black-necked grebe, Lesser, Greater Flamingos and the Yellow-billed Stork, African Openbill, and Saddle-billed Stork.

Halali Halali camp is our most loved for birds. There are Bare-cheeked babblers, Violet Wood-hoopoes Tit Southern Yellow-billed Hornbills, and Southern White-faced Scops Owls, all within the center.

 

In the Moringa waterhole, we have witnessed Doves, Pygmy Falcons, Fork-tailed Drongos, and at sunset, huge crowds of Namaqua Sandgrouse with Owls later on in the evening.

Okaukuejo in camp, there’s a Sociable Weaver nest within an old tree that is located right next to the waterhole’s edge. Weavers will keep your attention for long hours. There are many birds in the pool or in the camp.

In the day, look out for Namaqua Sandgrouse and Red-billed Queleas Lanner Falcons, Gabar Goshawks, and Red-billed Teals. Also, Southern Pied Babblers Violet-eared and Crimson-breasted Waxbills,

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