Pictures from a trip to South Africa (09/15-10/06/2016)

With a lot of time at hand, I took a spring Rockjumper East South Africa trip with Cape extension for a total of 3 weeks. I chose to go fully guided because of safety concerns. Well, it was a heck of a trip! with 455 bird species (209 photographed) and many other critters including South Africa’s “The Big 5” and “Ugly Big 5”. My absolutely favorite was a Giraffe which got startled by some nearby lions and ran towards our truck using the truck as a shield.

There is no trip report (I’m waiting for the official Rockjumper one), but many pictures:

Birds (relatively good quality):

Birds (poor quality):

Other critters:

Here are a few of the highlights. Enjoy!

Giraffe at Kruger NP

African Penguin at Stony Point near Cape Town

African Penguin at Stony Point

Bateleurs at Kruger NP

Bateleurs at Kruger NP

Bokamakierie at lower Sani Pass

Bokmakierie at lower Sani Pass

Drakensberg Rockjumper at Sani Pass

Drakensberg Rockjumper at Sani Pass

Red-headed Weaver at Kruger NP

Red-headed Weaver at Kruger NP


A whirlwind trip for a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (near Othello, WA, 08/11/16) – and the coast

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a bird that I missed 11 or 12 years ago when one was near Moses Lake, WA, so I had to give chase. The spot several miles west of Othello was right along the road, with virtually no place to pull over. Trucks were barreling by, so did not linger for a good picture.


After that I went all the way west to the central WA state coast via Robinson Canyon where I camped. Common Poorwill and Common Nighthawk were still calling, Common Nighthawk was even displaying!

The highlight at the coast was a well-timed visit to Bottle Beach which yielded a Bar-tailed Godwit (also later seen back in Westport), a Willet, 1 Black and 2 Ruddy Turnstones and lots of the usuals. Red Knot was missed, but there is still time.

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These Bar-tailed Godwit pictures were taken handheld with my iPhone through the scope, so it’s no surprise that the quality is lacking.

At Midway Beach I found a single Red-necked Phalarope and an American Bittern, Tokeland was pretty bleak with only 8 Willets and many Purple Martins. I also found Purple Martin at the Hoquiam STP, but missed the Franklin’s Gull in 3 separate attempts. Interesting there also was an otter taking a gull (was not able to id the victim) and dragging it into dense vegetation. 6 Wandering Tattlers were in Westport near float 20.