The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive “crown” of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae.
There are 9 sub-species and I have seen 3 of them, all in Africa.
They were very easily seen in Satara Restcamp in Kruger National Park, Ankarafantsika in Madagascar and several places in Tanzania. The Wikipedia map shows just how widespread they really are!
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Great close up action and you can hear the sound he makes!
Following on from my review of the restcamp, I thought the birds deserved their own post as there were so many! Just get up at first light and wander around, you will probably see these birds as they were found all over the camp. I started in the circle where our hut was, then followed my ears as more birds made their presence known.
Cape Glossy Starling
The African Hoopoe was one of my favourites, I loved watching him manipulate his crest!
I got lucky with a Hail Mary shot of a bird flying overhead, it was a Brown-headed Parrot!
A gorgeous Crested Barbet
Going by the photo in the Sasol book, I think this one is a Greater Blue-eared Starling.
Grey Go-Away Bird
Here you can see our car and our cabin and how close it is to the bush.
Cape Buffalo just outside the camp
I know I missed some, if anyone can help me out, please comment!
You really can’t go wrong with any of the well-kept SANPARKS Restcamps in Kruger National Park. They all have lots of options from tent sites to large family sized cabins. I recommend reading the briefing on each camp to see what sort of wildlife is found in the area and choose based on that. My choice of Satara Restcamp was based on several trip reports of people saying they have seen Brown-headed Parrots in the camp.
Satara is pretty much right in the middle of Kruger National Park. The best access gate is Orpen Gate and you should try to make it through the gate by 3pm so you can enjoy a leisurely game drive enroute to the camp.
AROUND THE CAMP
Our cabin circled in pink. The yellow circled areas I found especially good for birding. The green dot is where I saw the Brown-headed Parrot flying overhead. The yellow smudge down by the reception is where the Scops Owl lives.