Birds – Balule NR

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Balule offers great overall birding with more than 250 species recorded. The perennial Olifants River, which runs through the center of the park, attracts many waders and other water-associated birds. The magnificent fig trees along the river’s bank attract many species such as trumpeter hornbill, purple-crested turaco and plum-colored starling. The area is also excellent for raptors (eagles, in particular). Owl species regularly seen include Verreaux’s eagle owl, pearl-spotted owl and scops owl. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Balule NR
African fish eagle
Common
African pied wagtail
Common
Chinspot batis
Common
European roller
Common migrant
Hamerkop
Common

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Birds in Balule NR
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

November to April is prime bird watching time in Balule. This is when migratory birds from Europe and north Africa are present. Generally, bird watching is good year-round, and wildlife viewing is best during the Dry season (June to September).

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Birds in Balule NR
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr