On Saturday the 11th July we took on an exciting expedition to the vulture restaurant at the Mockford Farm, (a piggery farm) about 20KM on the R101 route from Polokwane to Mokopane. We met at the farm's gate in the morning at 8:00, with some of the usual suspects and the Van Tonder twins. On our arrival, the pleasant smell of pigs made their statement, no mistake about that, but without a hassle we were permitted entrance. Peral and Peter, first time birders, got lots of lifers and learned much in the process.
At the restaurant the main course is pork with an occasional impala, wildebeest, and beef. For the birds of course… We were privileged to spot 4 of the vultures; the Hooded (lifer), Cape, White-backed and Lapped-faced vultures. The grey-headed sparrows were also having an interesting bloody breakfast of pigs.
We later took a stroll to a nearby pond, and spotted several other birds. The African Fish Eagle, Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard, Pearl-breasted swallow and Little Grebe were the stars of the show. We saw a couple more other interesting birds too, with our failing attempt to call out the Ovambo Sparrowhawk, believed to be nesting closer in one of the blue gum trees (Eucalyptus). We hoped to have had a chance to feed the rhinos, somewhere in the property, but unfortunately they have migrated. Above all else, the
trip was a success and we learned new stuff.