Up for a bit of bird watching this spring or summer? The perfect point of entry into the natural world – millions of people across the country watch birds. Inspiring and addictive – people even plan holidays and family trips around the migration path of their favourite bird species. And one place they love to visit is the Kruger Park. Blessed with thriving wildlife reserves, rich culture and tradition, there is no other place on Earth that can offer you a safari birdlife adventure like the Kruger National Park. Renowned as one of the world’s greatest game parks, the Kruger Park is home to the world’s most striking birds. Here’s a list of the Big Five birds of the Kruger Park.
#1 The Kori Bustard – the largest and heaviest flying bird of native Africa that can weigh up to 19 kilograms, the kori bustard is a land bird with a long neck and long feet ending in three fingers with light brown or grey plumage. An omnivore that flaunts a white stripe over each eye, the kori bustard does not migrate as much as other birds, unless food is scarce.
#2 The Lappet-Faced Vulture – an exquisite bird distinguished as a threatened species, as well as the largest resident vulture in the Kruger Park, the lappet-faced vulture spends its day soaring, gliding and congregating at carcases.
#3 The Martial Eagle – weighing up to 6.5 kilograms, the martial eagle is the largest of the African eagles, and is an incredibly powerful bird that can easily knock an adult man off his feet and break his arms.
#4 The Pel’s Fishing Owl – a unique reddish-brown bird, with a round head, large, dark eyes and a dark beak, Pel’s fishing owls boast an unmistakable eerie call that sounds like the “cry of a lost soul”. A nocturnal beauty that is mercilessly preyed upon by the African fish eagle in the day, this beautiful owl hunts at night and only calls after midnight and just before dawn again.
#5 The Saddle-Billed Stork – an endangered species that seems to be vanishing slowly, the saddle-billed stork is a uniquely coloured bird that breeds slowly and irregularly. Nesting in large trees, these birds are very sensitive to human disturbances and will not nest if they are under any form of stress.
With a total number of 172 migratory species in the Kruger Park, bird watching in the during spring and summer is without a doubt a birdwatcher’s delight. Whether you’re a newbie bird watcher or a seasoned spotter, you’re guaranteed to leave the Kruger Park with some of the most exquisite photographs. To enquire about bird watching in the Kruger Park, contact us at Lukimbi Safari Lodge.