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2020-03-31 | Valda Barratt

St Francis Bay Bird Club - Birding @ Thunzi Bush Lodge

Valda Barratt (Secretary)

Cape Batis - Photo by Colleen Smith

The St Francis Bay Bird Club came to Thunzi Bush Lodge a few months ago and I thought it might be interesting to read about their visit and see some pictures they took. Thunzi Bush lodge is well known for its birding and offers such amazing scenery, we often have bird clubs visit us.

Birders at Ntaka Dam - Photo by Colleen Smith

Dear Tren

Thank you so much for once again making your beautiful venue available to our bird club to do some bird watching.

It was such a pleasant morning and Thunzi was looking so attractive.  There were nineteen members who attended, some of whom had not been before. So it was a thrill for them to be introduced to your beautiful part of the world which is not too far from St Francis Bay.

One is so aware of the drought conditions in our part of the world so we were impressed how attractive the natural vegetation around Thunzi is looking.  It is ideal terrain for spotting bush birds and with the dams nearby it meant we spotted water birds too. There is such an atmosphere of tranquility being close to water and a magical moment was when three of us were sitting on the bench at the water’s edge and watched an African Swamp-hen fly from one dam to the other with nesting material. There were some folk who also explored and did the walk to the top and along the hillside through the ‘forested’ area.  All in all we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area, listening and seeing a good variety of different birds. Interestingly we did not observe many aerial birds or raptors.

 Several of the members are participating in bird atlassing and the records are submitted and being used for the compilation of updated bird distribution information in Southern Africa.

The list of birds seen is attached.

Warm regards


Valda Barratt (Secretary)

St Francis Bay Bird Club

Red-Knobbed Coot collecting reeds for nest building - Photo by Colleen Smith

Dear Trenwyth

When the St Francis Bay Bird Club visited Thunzi Bush Lodge they had a wonderful morning and Colleen Smith, who is a keen photographer took some photographs of the birds and landscape encountered. I shall be forwarding those photos to you in separate e-mails but please know they came from the Bird Club and acknowledge Colleen Smith as the photographer.

All the people commented on how beautifully the area is maintained and they enjoyed their visit immensely. This was our third visit. and we would love to come back again next year.

Yvonne Bosman

Knysna Turaco & Reed Cormorant - Photo by Colleen Smith

Birds List:

African Darter
African Olive Pigeon
African Swamphen
Bar-throated Apalis
Black-bellied Starling
Black-headed Oriole
Burchell's Coucal
Cape Batis
Cape Robin-Chat
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Collared Sunbird
Common Moorhen
Dark Backed Weaver
Egyptian Goose
Fork-tailed Drongo
Greater Striped Swallow
Green-backed Camaroptera
Karoo Prinia
Knysna Touraco
Lazy Cisticola
Little Grebe
Little Rush Warbler
Olive Bushshrike
Olive Thrush
Red-knobbed Coot
Red-winged Starling
Reed Cormorant
Sombre Greenbul
Southern Boubou
Southern Fiscal
Speckled Pigeon
Tambourine Dove
Terrestrial Brownbul
White-necked Raven
Yellow Bishop
Yellow Breasted Apalis

It's amazing to wake up to the sound of birds, especially now with the Covid-19 lockdown, there's no other man-made sounds in the area so it's peacefulness at its best! We're taking time to reflect and enjoy the magnificent surroundings we are in, tourism has been hit hard and will take time to recover but we are determined to keep going and once again offer what we have been for the past 16 years. Can't wait to invite our guests back in to our sanctuary.

Stay Safe and stay home :)

Warm regards, Tren & The Thunzi Bush Lodge Team


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