Babblers....I wanted to see them AND one gets what they pay for, so to speak, as then they wouldn't leave. They WERE a disease. If there are more noisy or irritating birds in the this world, I haven’t seen them yet. These guys once found, ended up at the feeders at the place we were staying and could become quite annoying, so much like a disease, once you had them, you just couldn’t get rid of them.
So here we are, Pretoria, staying at a place owned by Lofty and Amanda Lunge. They like birds, their neighbors like birds, they feed the birds, they feed the impala, and say they got over 200 species at their house(s). I had my doubts.
I had three lifers getting out of the car, three more pouring the bird seed. I even saw an ostrich on the farm.
And those are Blesbok feeding by the bridge on the way to the little shop and pub
There were also black crake here, seen just to the left of the picture above
After finding a local guy named Vim to drive us around, we went to the maze of roads they call the Dinokeng Preserve next door just to get different birds (where a woman was mauled by a lion recently when she decided to walk with the big cats). There was a rumor of cheetahs....sadly no cats, but we saw....BIRDS!
So no cheetahs, lots of birds........scads of birds. I'm still processing pictures and entering eBird checklists.