Addo - Birding at Addo Elephant National Park

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Birding in Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is just as much a birder’s paradise as it is home to the internationaaly famous Addo Elephants.

Addo Elephant National Park has a great diversity in vegetation  and consequently is home to a really large variety of birds. You will find excellent habitat contrasts between dense thickets of spekboom interspersed with open grassy areas and wooded kloofs (particularly in the Zuurberg region).

The inclusion of Darlington Lake , Woody Cape , the coastal islands and the Alexandria Forest ,into Addo Elephant National Park has meant that a variety of other habitats have swelled the birding potential of the park.

Near the main Addo rest camp Karoo Scrub Robin and Cape Robin-Chat , Bokmakierie, Southern Tchagra, Bar-throated Apalis and Cape Bunting are prominent, with Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Drongo, Spectacled Weaver, Malachite and Greater Double-collared Sunbirds also easily found.

A trip into the game viewing areas of Addo Elephant National Park may not produce a large number of birds, but you are sure to spot Bokmakierie.

Martial Eagle, Black Korhaan, Blue Crane, Denham's Bustard, Black-headed Heron and Secretarybirds could also make it onto your checklist.

In the wooded kloofs of the Zuurberg, African Crowned Eagles breed. Forest species typical of the Eastern Cape, such as Olive Bush Shrike, Yellowthroated Woodland-Warbler and Cape Batis can also be spotted.

Alexandria Forest has many forest species, such as Knysna Turaco, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Chorister Robin-chat, Dark-backed Weaver and the spectacular Narina Trogon. The Black Cuckoo is a frequent summer visitor.

Denham's Bustard and Black-winged Plover are to be seen in the coastal grasslands south of Alexandria Forest.

The coastal islands have impressive breeding colonies of Cape Gannet and African Penguin and it is one of the few South African breeding locations for the Roseate Tern.

In the summer months at the Sundays River Mouth there are large tern roosts that include Swift, Sandwich and Common Terns as well as the diminutive Damara Tern which breed in the nearby sand dunes.

The Karoo vegetation around Darlington Lake is home to many Karoo endemics such as Pririt Batis, Rufous-eared Warbler and Karoo Chat. The Darlington Dam hosts Goliath Herons, Lesser Flamingos, fresh-water terns and Greyheaded Gulls.

Addo Elephant National Park is a must for all serious birders.

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