I have recently returned from 7 weeks in South Africa. I spent most of that time at Tswalu game reserve in the Kalahari. It is South Africa’s largest game reserve. I was working on a project looking at the association between Sociable Weavers and Pygmy Falcons. This study aims to determine the nature of the interaction between these two species, and delve into the demography and life history of the Pygmy Falcon. We spent most of my time looking for Pygmy Falcon nests and monitoring the nests we found. We also looked at which other species share their nests. In my spare time we spent time birding and ringing in the area.
For more information on the Pygmy Falcon project see http://users.utu.fi/robtho/index.html
At the end of my stay at Tswalu, I flew down to Cape Town for 3 full days of birding Table Mountain, Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens and the peninsula for more endemics.
In total I managed 216 species of bird. Birds marked in bold are endemic species of Southern Africa.
More photos under the list.