Bird sightings started just after turning onto the H14 heading towards Mopani. I spotted a pair of Yellow-billed Hornbills feeding on termites on the side of a termite mound. It was fascinating to watch them gobble up the small termites without so much as a pause.

The Fork-tailed Drongos were probably the birds I saw the most of.

Fork Tailed Drongo   Fork Tailed Drongo

On the Monday I had a wonderful sighting of a Drongo interacting with a Wahlberg’s Eagle. He was dive-bombing the eagle constantly. The eagle ignored the drongo completely.Fork Tailed Drongo_Wahlbergs Eagle Fork Tailed Drongo_Wahlbergs Eagle Fork Tailed Drongo_Wahlbergs Eagle

I saw surprisingly few raptors. I liked this pale form Wahlberg’s Eagle.Wahbergs Eagle

The Brown Snake Eagles always have the most piercing yellow eyes that really stand out against their brown plumage.Brown Snake Eagle

I only saw one Tawny Eagle the entire trip.Tawny Eagle

I came across a couple of White-backed Vultures in the area where the lions were eating the buffalo.

White Backed Vulture   White Backed Vulture

The lack of vultures was one of the disappointing aspects of this trip. I logged White-backed Vultures 3 times and saw a Lappet-faced vulture and a Hooded Vulture once soaring high above. I love Vultures, and wish I could have seen more of them.

Another cool sighting was of a Bateleur and a Cape Starling picking at something on the road just outside Mopani.Bateleur Bateleur

The Starling flew into a nearby dead tree. He was soon chased off by the Bateleur.BateleurBateleur

The Lilac-breasted Roller has to be the most photographed bird in the Park. I saw surprisingly few of these colourful birds.Lilac breasted Roller

I stopped at the Letaba River bridge on the Sunday when I arrived. I spotted an Egret in the distance. A Black-headed Oriole called from behind me.

Letaba River   Black Headed Oriole

I crashed a couple of bird parties during this trip. The first was just north of Mopani. The noise caught my attention, and when I stopped, I noticed quite a number of species. There was a Lilac-breasted Roller, a Long-billed Crombec and a Fork-Tailed Drongo. A cute little Blue Waxbill looked as if he had just had a bath before joining the Party.Blue Waxbill Blue Waxbill

Some of the other guests at the party included a White-browed Scrub Robin, a Green-winged Pytilia and a Golden Breasted Bunting.White browed Scrub RobinGreen Winged Pytilia   Golden Breasted Bunting

The guest of honour at this specific party was without a doubt the Violet-eared Waxbill. It was only my second ever sighting of these pretty little things in Kruger.Violet Eared Waxbill

Green winged PytiliaThe second bird party was just outside Tsendze.

Once again the guests included a Long-billed Crombec and a Green-winged Pytilia.

The other guests included an Arrow-marked Babbler and a Black-backed Puffback.

Arrow Marked Babbler Black Backed Puffback

Pied CrowWhile I was sitting at one of the lion sightings, a Pied Crow flew over. This was another unusual Kruger bird sighting for me.

The area around the the Thongonyeni water hole was extremely dry, but I did find a pair of Ostriches and another Kori Bustard at  water hole.

Kori Bustard

I can’t quite remember where I was when I saw another Red-crested Korhaan.Red crested Korhaan

An adult and young Crowned Lapwing were scratching around near one of the Nshawu pans.

Crowned Lapwing   Crowned Lapwing

I only listed 134 species seen during the trip. I am sure that the early summer season and the extremely dry conditions had something to do with the low numbers. Despite this, the birds sightings were still spectacular.

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