On Sani Pass we had fifteen birds with additional sightings of smaller numbers in the Cape.
NOTE: Clements has recently elevated the former Cape Bunting subspecies E.c.vincenti of central Malawi to E Zambia to full species status, Vincent’s Bunting (E.vincenti).
Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventris
A brilliantly colored species we had two birds in the Kruger NP, with more in Mkhuze and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi GR.
MAMMAL SPECIES LIST
Note: Names and taxonomical order of the land mammals follow that of ‘ The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals’; additional names are given in parenthesis and are likely to appear other popular field guides. Fruit Bats Pteropodidae Peter’s Epauletted Fruit-Bat Epomophorus crypturus
Fifty of these very interesting creatures were seen at their roost site in Skukuza camp.
This species is fairly common in wilder parts of Southern Africa, occasionally encountered close to human habitation. We saw our first groups in the Kruger NP with further sightings in Mkhuze GR, up Sani Pass and in the Western Cape.
Angulate Tortoises, a very localized endemic, were very common in the West Coast NP. Many Marsh Terrapins were seen at Edeni, with some more in Mkhuze. The colourful Drakensberg Crag Lizard was seen up Sani Pass, with both Southern Rock and Southern Tree Agamas also recorded, both in the Zululand Reserves. Nile Crocodiles were a common sight at Edeni, Kruger and in Mkhuze and St Lucia.