Avid birder and photographer Jody de Bruyn had an amazing sighting at the ‘Tallest Planted Trees in the World’ near Woodbush Forest in Magoebaskloof, on the Capricorn-Letaba Birding Route, in December 2017.
“I found a raptor perched high up in one of the eucalyptus trees. On closer inspection, I identified it as a female African Cuckoo-Hawk. I was quite chuffed at seeing this difficult-to-find raptor and started taking some photos. A few minutes later I noticed another raptor move in and land about 30 metres from the female. I identified the second bird as a male African Cuckoo-Hawk. Within an instant, and without any forewarning, the male flew over to the female and they mated. The encounter lasted only a few seconds. No sound was made by either of the two birds, but the body language and facial ex
Limpopo Birding Routes, with the support of Limpopo Tourism Agency, was proud to host the Magoebaskloof Birds and Forest Festival at the Magoebaskloof Hotel from 19-22 November 2017. With a fantastic line-up of top-quality presentations by experts in their field, and excursions led by Limpopo’s top guides, the festival really had something for everyone and was extremely well supported, attracting participants from far and wide.The programme began on a high note with a gala dinner on Thursday evening, with an unforgettable keynote speech delivered by Dr Warwick Tarboton. The following two days were packed full with fascinating talks on subjects ranging from orchids to eagles; as well as excursions to South Africa’s best Afromontane Forest birding sites and the critically endangered Woodbush Granite Grassland.
During the weekend Professor Derek Engelbrecht and his colleagues conducted bird ringing sessions in a nearby forest patch, which provided valuable research data on the special forest bird species; and also afforded participants the unique privilege of seeing these elusive birds up close and personal. Nature enthusiasts of all ages joined the family walks on Sunday morning and had fun in the forest while learning about birds and preserving their precious habitats.
The festival was a resounding success with guests enthusing about the enriching and enlightening presentations; the excellent meals, service and warm hospitality at the hotel, and the exceptional experiences of the weekend.
Limpopo Birding Routes once again exhibited at the Limpopo Tourism Agency stand at the Getaway Show in Johannesburg from 23 – 25 September 2017. The spectacular Limpopo stand was well-situated and inviting, receiving many comments and compliments. Our intriguing ‘All eyes on the Limpopo Province’ banner was an eye-catching feature with many interested visitors approaching for a closer look and attempt at identifying the various birds eyes.
The three day event was well attended and there was a constant stream of interested visitors to the Limpopo stand. It was a pleasure to be part of the dynamic Limpopo team and we are most grateful to Limpopo Tourism Agency for the opportunity to participate in this popular tourism marketing event and introducing birding in Limpopo to a wide market.
Limpopo Birding Routes joined other birding-related exhibitors at the second BirdLife South Africa ‘African Bird Fair’ in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden from 9 – 10 September 2017. The venue was stunning, the weather gorgeous and the turn-out impressive.
Independent Bird Guide Samson Mulaudzi was there to talk to birders from around Gauteng and beyond. Many visitors to our stand had already been birding at a Limpopo destination, many more are now planning a trip here soon!