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5 April2018

by Riaan Fourie

Royal Malewane has over 300 species of birds. From the tiny Grey Penduline Tit to the immense Lappet Faced Vulture, there are all manner of weird, wonderful and colourful birds in between.

It is that time of the year when the migratory birds are slowly leaving our shores for the more favorable conditions further north. We thought it appropriate to pay homage to these amazing birds, and their extraordinary feats.

Southern Carmine Bee-eater

These beautiful birds breed in a narrow band from southern Angola to the Chobe reserve in Botswana. From December onwards, they move approximately 650km southwards into South Africa and Swaziland. Carmine bee-eaters are prolific in the area around Royal Malewane during January and December. – Ryan Jack

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Wahlberg’s Eagles are infra-African migrants that arrive on our shores around August/September each year. Pairs stick together, and usually return to the same nest sites year after year. – Rudi Hulshof

Amur Falcon

Amur Falcons breed in North-eastern Mongolia, eastern Siberia, Manchuria, northern Korea, and eastern China. They embark on one of the most daunting migrations of any species, traveling 11000km, and arriving in South Africa two months later in November each year- Rudi Hulshof

Yellow-billed Kite

These beautiful raptors are widely spread, and one of the most common non-breading vistors to South Africa. They tend to be nomadic, following localized rain patches, and the subsequent emergence of termites. – Juan Pinto

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