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Tor zu Afrikas Tierwelt: South Luangwa Nationalpark/ Sambia

BindenfischeuleEndlich wird die Ankunft auf dem kleinen Mfuwe Flughafen über Bordlautsprecher angesagt. Hier gibt es vielleicht die letzte Gelegenheit zum Geldwechseln. Die Abholung durch den Tour Operator erfolgt zuverlässig. Nach etwa 20 km, vorbei an kleinen Ansiedlungen und sehr afrikanisch anmutenden Straßenläden, steht man endlich an der Pforte ins Reich der Tiere. Um 30 US-Dollar pro Person und 15 Dollar je Fahrzeug wird man am Parkeingang ärmer. Achtung. Es gibt auch eine Gebühr für „Commercial Filming & Sound Recording“, die ebenfalls 60 US-Dollar/Person/Tag beträgt. Mit aufwändiger Kameraausrüstung sollte man also eine gewisse Zurückhaltung an den Tag legen und sich nur als gewöhnlicher Tourist ausgeben. Aber auch andere afrikanische Nationalparks lassen sich Profitätigkeiten sehr teuer bezahlen.

Diesseits der Grenze des Nationalparks und des Luangwa-Flusses gibt es zahlreiche Lodges; auch wenn auf der offiziellen Karte auf Anhieb nur die Kapani Lodge ausgewiesen wird. Dazu gibt es einfachere Camps und Campingplätze in traumhafter Lage am Luangwa-Fluss. Die werden garantiert – meist nachts – auch von Elefanten- und Hippos besucht. Am anderen Flussufer sonnen sich Krokodile, tummeln sich Paviane und Impalas. Der Ruf des Schreiseeadlers (Haliaeetus vocifer) ist dann der endgültige Beweis. Das ist Afrika!

Eine absolute Empfehlung ist das Croc Valley Camp mit Continue reading Tor zu Afrikas Tierwelt: South Luangwa Nationalpark/ Sambia

Nationalpark Pilanesberg: a heaven not only for Kingfishers

GraukopfliestIn the surrounding bushes of the Tidodi Dam there is  loud bustle already. In the gallery forest around, numerous birds such as the Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) enjoy the first sun beams. Haze floats above the water. It is morning shortly after sunrise. The surrounding trees of the dam form a small gallery forest, which attracts many birds such as Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas), Grey-headed Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris), Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii), Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) and Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus).

An alternative is the Malatse Dam along the Dithabaneng Drive. This dam offers the opportunity to photograph the African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) and other birds such as Ibisse and Spoonbills at their sleeping retreat.

Not far from the Malatse dam is the Dithabaneng dam. If the water is high, you can go by car directly to the shore. The light is perfect for taking photos in the morning and in the evening. It is worth driving to the Ruighoek waterhole in the afternoon. At this small dam is a relatively low-lying hide.

From the frog’s perspective you can take pictures at the waterhole of the Kwa Maritane Lodge. The waterhole of the Kwa Maritane Continue reading Nationalpark Pilanesberg: a heaven not only for Kingfishers

Flying Raptors over the Cape Province of South Africa

KaffernadlerOne of the top birds for a European traveler to the RSA is the Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii). A pair of these beautiful eagles is said to be present on the forested slopes and rocky cliffs of the Cape Peninsula. A number of more pairs of Verreaux’s Eagle pairs still nest in near surrounding of the mountains. Their distinctive silhouettes can be seen circling the skies anywhere along the Peninsula’s mountain range forming a rugged spine. The Cape Peninsula has a lot of vegetation to offer. These are greenbelts, golf courses, and large leafy gardens, cemeteries and public recreation areas.

Raptors on offer during a patient visit to the slopes of the southern part of Cape Town are Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus), Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) (in summer), African harrier-hawk or Gymnogene (Polyboroides typus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the Rock Kestrel (Falco rupicolus). In 2014 there are 4 pairs of African fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) on the Peninsula, but they nest in trees generally as far away from human habitation and activity as is possible on the cape peninsula. The patches of indigenous forests and Continue reading Flying Raptors over the Cape Province of South Africa

African specialities on Bird-Lens

On the southern edge of the western palearctic, in Egypt, south of the Sahara, in southern North Africa are living some strange bird creatures which touch the borders of the western palearctic only. Sometimes they occur as a rare breeding species in countries like Morocco or Egypt or you can see them as a strangler on the Canaries, in southern Europe or Northern Africa. Unlike Nearctic species, which are put on the wall especially in fall, because then there is a high influx of birds from Northern American, you do not see the southern specials on a regular basis. But for the keen birdwatcher of western palearctic birds these species are highly though-after mega birds.
To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer birds of the western palearctic from science & public customers Bird-Lens is proud to present a wide range of pictures shot in Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia and the Republic of South Africa (RSA). Are you interested? A first impression you will find in the gallery here. There you will find 42 pictures of various bird species. Continue reading African specialities on Bird-Lens