Our Birdspotting Guide to South Africa
South Africa is known all over the world for its amazing wildlife and stunning wonders of nature. As a bird watching destination, this country stands out as one of the best places in the world. The national checklist comprises around 850 species and includes the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and what is reputedly its bulkiest flying species, the kori bustard.
Birding in South Africa or birdwatching is a recreational activity of observing birds in their natural habitat. Birds are observed with the naked eye, or with the use of binoculars, cameras or telescopes. They can also be identified by ear, listening for bird sounds. Birdwatchers or “birders” study the birds by distribution, identification, molt, migration timing, and habitat usage.
Perfect Place for Bird Watching
There are several spots in South Africa where a skilled birder can easily tick off 100 species in a day, so it is no surprise that South Africa is now the world's top bird watching destination.
Of particular interest to birders are the 35 species more-or-less endemic to South Africa. Avian variety is greatest in the southern summer, which is from November to March when several resident species assume a colorful breeding plumage and dozens of migrant species arrive from Europe or elsewhere in Africa. Some of the most iconic birds found in South Africa are the Southern Red Bishop, Secretarybird, Cape Vulture, The Cape Parrot, and The Martial Eagle
What You'll Need
There are some basic tools you will need if you're considering taking up bird watching as a hobby or simply want to experience it during your trip to South Africa. Binoculars, a good camera, and a notepad. Investing in a good bird guide won't only make identifying different species' easier, but it can also help you where you can find the best bird watching spots in your area. This guide can also provide you with some interesting facts.
African bird watching is a great quest to go on. Get to know the beautiful, colorful and majestic creatures of the sky and strap yourself in for a once in a lifetime experience.