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Zululand Birding Route – Greater St Lucia Wetland, Hluhluwe, Maputoland, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

This vast wetland area, extending parallel to the coast for 80-km, is a fine example of South Africa’s ecological heritage and boasts one of the largest numbers of birds.

o Livingstone’s lourie is abundant at both caravan parks. Also look for brown scrub-robin, olive bush shrike, grey sunbird, white-eared barbet and yellow-bellied greenbul. At Iphiva you can add Woodward’s batis, green coucal, yellow-spotted nicator, grey waxbill and gorgeous bush shrike to the list. At Sugarloaf, add pink-backed pelican, black-throated wattle eye and green twinspot that may be seen feeding below the casurina trees (mainly in winter).
o The lake is the largest estuarine system in Africa and along its shoreline you might see large flocks of lesser and greater flamingo, woolly-necked, yellow-billed and saddle-bill stork, pink-backed and white pelicans, ruff, ruddy turnstone, ringed and grey plovers and white-winged and whiskered terns, to name a few.  Look in the reed beds for redheaded quelea and, at the southern end of the Lake, for mangrove kingfisher (April through September). red-chested flufftail are found on the edge of the lake and buff-spotted flufftail in the adjacent dune forest thickets.
o At Charters Creek, Fanie’s Island and False Bay: African broadbill, white throated robin, Neergaard’s sunbird, pink-throated twinspot together with yellow-spotted nicator, yellow white-eye, brown and bearded scrub-robin and crested guineafowl.

Hluhluwe is on the N2 northeast of Empangeni, which is on the N2 northeast of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. AUZuhluhluwe

Contct:   Hamish McLaggan
Box 266 Eshowe 3815
+27 (3547) 41234 telephone office
+27 (3547) 42531 telephone home
e-mail: zulubird@iafrica.com
web: www.birding.co.za/zulubird/

 

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