Nature Notes

September 14, 2008

Birding Knysna and Wilderness areas: South Africa

Filed under: Birds,South Africa — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet

Several hours of driving up the South coast brings you to the Knysna and Wilderness areas. During the drive, which comes out of Sir Lowry pass into a vast plain, you will find such species as the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird, and the African Stonechat, which has been split from the Eurasian Stonechat species. Knysna and Wilderness are both holiday areas, boasting an assortment of beaches and good restaurants.

Visiting birders will want to visit The Heads, an area of coastal scrub, home of the endemic Knysna Warbler. The nearby Woodbourne Lagoon has a wide assortment of water birds, including African Spoonbill, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Cape Shoveler, and an assortment of Sunbirds, including Mouse-colored, Southern and Greater Double-collared, and Orange-breasted.

The Pledge Nature Reserve is worth a visit as it is a great place to see the Knysna Turaco, a gorgeous bird. Additionally, look for Olive Thrush, African Paradise Flycatcher, and Speckled Mousebird.

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