Eastern Cape Birding

African Safari Bird Watching Birding

The  European Rollers (Coracias garrulus) have been in evidence in various parts of Sibuya, flashing down from conspicuous perches to feast on various insects, frogs & lizards. Their rather sluggish habits obliging guests with ideal photographic opportunities. These beautiful Palaearctic migrants  will soon be winging it back to Europe, the Middle East or Asia where they'll breed & rest before hopefully heading back on their incredible journey to South Africa... arriving again in Mid-December.


European Roller

Guests at River Camp were fascinated by a unique experience... a breeding pair of Green Wood-Hoopoes (Phoeniculus purpureus) who made their nest in a hole in a dead tree stump adjacent to the Lapa deck. Guests could literally have a "bird's eye view" of the daily proceedings. These loud-cackling gregarious birds provided an endless show as they busily fed their young or warded off guests who got too close or nosy! The group (usually 3-9),  generally includes only one breeding pair who are loudly assisted by the other members... sometimes even the young of previous broods... a real family affair! The loud cackling, starting off slowly, then rising to a crescendo with several birds in unison bobbing back & forth was a spectacular experience. This loud display earning them the name of "Intlekibafazi" (Laughter of Women) in both Zulu & Xhosa.


Green Wood-Hoopoe



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