Birds of Krantzkloof

2016-12-06 06:01
Photo: Narina Trogon One of the beautiful birds of Krantzkloof.

Photo: Narina Trogon One of the beautiful birds of Krantzkloof.

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LAST month we introduced readers to the Crowned Eagle, one of the more iconic species to be found in the gorge but this is only one of the 299 bird species which as been recorded. We cannot cover all of them here but will suggest some of the more interesting species and where you may find them.
We are fortunate that the gorge provides numerous habitats which are host to different species so providing a range of interest for all enthusiasts.

The raptors are the most glamorous and in addition to the already mentioned Crowned Eagle you will find the Wahlberg’s Eagle, Martial Eagle, Long Crested Eagle, African Harrier Hawk and a number of falcons including the lightning fast Peregrine to mention but a few. Most of these will be spotted in the main gorge as they fly using the thermals rising from the gorge or next to the steep cliff faces where some species nest. The Beacon Trail with the view sites near Windsor Road and at The Cellar near Uve Road are ideal spots.

The riverine forests bring a range of many other species including what is arguably the most beautiful bird in the reserve, the Narina Trogon. You are likely to find this elusive and other riverine birds in the vicinity of the Kloof Falls picnic site and along the Longshadow Trail. If you are lucky you may encounter the rare (for our area) Spotted Ground Thrush which has been seen in the vicinity of the Ronald’s Kloof Weir.

The reserve is fortunate to have some relatively good sections of grasslands so visitors can also be treated to birds such as the Cape Rock Thrush and Yellow-throated Longclaw which enjoy the open spaces. Good spots are the Ntombeni Grasslands near the Uve Entrance or the area around the Nkutu Picnic site.

Security: Walking in the reserve is safe – normal precautions apply when walking in isolated areas.

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