Thursday, November 15, 2012

Around the Ai Aiba Lodge grounds


The Ai Aiba lodge promotes itself both for the wildlife with the park boundaries and the bushman art found on some of the stone walls in the grounds:


We happened upon these out looking for birds!  As well as this walk, we explored a couple of other parts of the quite extensive area of the lodge and both started and ended the day at what smelt like it was a sewerage soak away.  But the birding was great, so here in alphabetical order:

African Hawk Eagle:



Some baboons on the look-out:


Black-cheeked Waxbill:


Black-chested Prinia:



Black-fronted Canary:


Blacksmith Lapwing:


Cape Glossy Starling:





Familiar Chat:


Great Sparrow:


 Marico Sunbird:


Monteiro's Hornbill with Rosy-faced Lovebird:


Mountain Wheatear:


Pale Batis (which just shouldn't be here!):




Pririt Batis (which should!):


Red-billed Quelea:


Red-billed Spurfowl:


Red-crested Korhaan:


Red-face Mousebird:


A rock hyrax just behind our room:


Rock Martins:


A view in the grounds:


A confiding Rosy-faced Lovebird:


Rosy-faced Lovebirds drinking, together with Cape Glossy Starling and African Red-eyed Bulbul:


And here with a Laughing Dove:


A Short-toed Rock-Thrush:


That proceeded to eat a huge insect:



Violet-eared Waxbill:


Warthogs:


A mostly concealed White-browed Scrub-Robin:


White-tailed Shrike:



Willow Warbler:


Yellow-bellied Eremomela:



We really did enjoy our stay at the Ai Aiba Lodge.  On Friday morning it was time to head further north.

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