St Lucia Wetland Park (now iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

St Lucia Wetland Park

St Lucia Wetland Park or now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a wonder and wildlife paradise. It is South Africa’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and the third largest protected area in the region. Located in KwaZulu Natal, the wetland park covers 328,000 hectares of stunning scenery … Read more

Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)

It is a large, morbid-looking stork, with a huge pointed bill, bare, seemingly burned, pink head and neck. This bird flies seamlessly as it searches for food, displaying its conspicuous white belly. As opportunistic feeders, they are often seen near carrions, and kills of terrestrial predators, patiently waiting to grab some scraps. … Read more

Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)

It is a sooty grayish bird with a whitish frontal shield and beak. Its adults grow two tiny reddish horns during the breeding season. However, outside the period, the species may be harder to distinguish from the Eurasian Coot. They occur in open freshwater bodies and can be found in much of … Read more

Rosy-throated Longclaw (Macronyx ameliae)

It is a beautiful pipit-like bird barred brown above and pink below, which separates it from other longclaws. Often retiring and inconspicuous, it prefers tropical and subtropical wet or flooded grasslands. The bird species’ call is a two-note “dhew-dhew” which is either stretched in an extended whistle or a repeated rapidly. Read … Read more

Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus)

It is a small weaverbird, with red eyes, subtly-barred yellowish-green back, and pinkish-brown legs. The males have a conspicuous black mask, while females and immature birds are dull. Prefers semi-arid locations and open savannas. These birds are resident and colonial nesters in trees or branches. Their call is a grating, swizzling note, … Read more

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

It is the largest extant bird species, conspicuous due to its long neck and powerful legs. Males sport a black-and-white plumage, while females have a paler gray-brown tone. Small flocks occur in lightly-wooded county habitats, roaming several kilometers each day. While they are flightless, their wings are not useless as they use … Read more