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Zululand Birding Route – Mtunzini District, Zululand, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

With its raffia palm groves, swamp and coastal dune forest, estuarine mudflats, mangroves and open grassland, Mtunzini is home to one of South Africa’s rarest breeding birds, the Palmnut Vulture. They can be seen in the Mlalazi Nature Reserve from the Boardwalk Trail, the beach and the mudflats.

The reserve stretches southwards from the Mlalazi estuary.  African finfoot and spotted ground thrush are the “specials” to look for in winter but also keep a lookout for the mangrove kingfisher.  Other species include green coucal, African crested flycatcher, black-throated wattle eye, white-eared barbet, lemon dove, scaly-throated honeyguide, olive and grey sunbirds, gorgeous bush shrike, narina trogon, forest weaver, green twinspot, sooty falcon (in January and February), southern banded snake eagle, half-collared kingfisher, trumpeter hornbill and red-capped robin-chat.  Kwa-Zulu Natal Conservation Services. Permission is required. Boardwalk and hiking trails.

Mtunzini is on the N2 southwest of Empangeni, which is on the N2 northeast of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. AUZudist.

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

 

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Last update: 2009-07-12 02:45
Author: Alan McIver
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