Fourteen club members, Andy, Conrad, Deo, Dudley, Hilde, Jody, Julia, Marcia, Mark, Perrel, Peter, Saartjie, Sandrie and Willie plus our host and guide Richter van Tonder, attended a most interesting and for some most worthwhile bird viewing outing to the picturesque Last Post Nature Reserve east north-east of Bandelierkop. Our sincere thanks go to Richter for his patience with us rookies; a task I am sure he cannot relish. The 90km trip from Polokwane started just after 06h00 and for a large portion was undertaken in very heavy mist which is not surprising as the area near to Bandelierkop was known as the Limpopo Mist Belt. Arriving at the Mocking Bird Camp convinced the participants that a week-end outing to this stunning camp should be planned and laid the foundation for a very successful day. The group undertook 4 separate short walks separated by short drives in the area that included Pentad 2315_2955.
In total 60 bird species were seen during the outing but only 51 thereof were within the said Pentad and for some of us lifers were seen. Some of the birds seen were, in alphabetical order, Bush-Shrike, (Gorgeous & Orange-breasted) + Flycatcher, (Ashy & Pale) + Goshawk,(African) + Greenbul, (Yellow-bellied) + Guinea-fowl, (Crested) + Harrier-Hawk, (African) + Kingfisher, (Striped) + Owl, (Barn) + Scimitarbill, (Common) + my lifer the Scrub-Robin, (Bearded). Naturally to those of us who saw lifers, the day was especially memorable even though seeing the Barn Owl at the second camp visited was to some persons a highlight.
The morning outing ended in glorious weather, making the homeward bound trip somewhat of a bind. Thanks again to especially Richter and also to Sandrie, Jody and Marcia who helped in making the day so special.