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Creighton birding trip
In November 2009 I went birding in the Creighton Area ...

17 November Vernon Crooks :

I arrived at Durban Airport just after 9am and drove directly to Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve.

It had been raining heavily so the dirt road to the reserve in a little Chev Spark was entertaining .

Birds found were : African Firefinch, Black Cuckoo, Brown Snake-eagle, Cape Longclaw, Common Waxbill, Crowned Hornbill,Dark-capped Bulbul, Fan-tailed Widowbird,Natal Francolin, Pintail Whydah, Rufous neped Lark, Starling, Yellow Billed Kite, Yellow fronted Canary but to name a few.

 

Arrived at Button Birding around 3pm

18 November Donnybrook :


5am rise and shine , a little bit of sunshine outside and we moved onto Donnybrook along with other birders in search of Cape Parrot.

 

18 November Umzimkulu :


For the midday and afternoon shift it was off to Umzimkulu in search of the Blue Swallow. Malcolm neglected to mention that we would be walking a marathon on the hillsides, only to find the Blue Swallow on the way back .

Lifers : Blue Swallow, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Wing-snapping Cisticola

18 November Creighton :
Evening birding lead us on the trail of Cape Eagle-owl, we headed just out of Creighton to some hillsides and looked for the Cape Eagle-owl. We found 2 which were taking shelter from the Rain.

Lifers : Cape Eagle-owl

Cape Eagle-owl
Cape Eagle-owl

19 November Creighton :

The rain kept comming down so birding in the rain it was and we did some more birding in the Creighton surrounds.

Lifers: Broard-tailed Warbler, Orange-breasted Waxbill

20 November Insekeni :

Yet another 5am start in the rain to Insekeni .

Lifers: Eastern Long-billed Lark, Bush Blackcap, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Striped Flufftail

21 November Creighton :

Up at 4am to get to Donnybrook for the Orange Groung-thrush before sunrise.
We arrivered there at 4:43 am and got the bird at 4:45 am , within 15 minitues they were gone again.
we had some coffee and watched the Cape Parrots fly by.

Back at Malcolms house the resident Buff-spotted Flufftail had been keeping away from my camera for to long , so I put in some quality time to find it and get a photograph.

Lifers:Orange Ground-thrush, Buff-spotted Flufftail

22 November Creighton :

Last chance for Black-rumped Buttonquail and the really BAD shot below is all i could get, I suppose next time we will nail it.

Lifers: Black-rumped Buttonquail

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