• Lisa Martus

Autumn Birding in Magoebaskloof

An ancient Yellowwood stretches its long limbs towards the open sky... flirting with the clouds. The low booming call of a Samango Monkey close-by causes a head to pop up from the large, rough nest high in the canopy. With its distinctive creamy-white head and chest, between wings patterned with dramatic chestnut and black, a juvenile African Crowned Eagle peers through the dense foliage. Here in Woodbush, one of the finest Afromontane forest in South Africa, many spectacular and sought-after bird species can be seen, including the Cape Parrot, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike and Narina Trogon but butterflies, mushrooms and ferns can enchant you almost as much as the bird sightings.

It is a privilege to be able to bird in these fabulous forests with guides who are professional and passionate about what they do. Top local Bird Guides, David Letsoalo and Paul Nkhumane have years of experience guiding bird enthusiasts and ‘twitchers’ in Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg, Polokwane and Tzaneen as well as further afield. But what make them most passionate are those elusive forest specials like the White-starred Robin, Green Twinspot, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Square-tailed Drongo, Forest Canary, Lemon Dove and the raucous, crimson-winged Knysna Turaco to be spotted along the winding Woodbush Drive.

David and Paul not only impress birders with their unbelievable knowledge and insight but also their sense of humour mixed in with their professionalism. If you are planning a trip to Magoebaskloof this autumn, make sure you book one of these incredible guides and make your birding dreams come true.

Connect with David Letsoalo on 083 568 4678 or Paul Nkhumane on 084 354 9710 to book a guided birding outing or take a look at www.limpopobirding.com for more information.

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