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.
I came across a couple of White-backed Vultures in the area where the lions were eating the buffalo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An adult and young Crowned Lapwing were scratching around near one of the Nshawu pans.
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.