Lammergeyer stake out

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Sunday, June 4, 2006

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We luckily managed to get in on a cancellation at a bird hide in the Giants Castle section of the park. Normally there is a 6 month waiting list for this.

It was a very long 2 hour drive to get to the hide and we didn't get there until 10am. Apparently we should have got there for 7:30! Oh well we didn't end up paying the $100 in the end as the office was closed when we went down to pay.

In front of the hide the National Park staff members scatter bones in the hope that a lammergeyer will come along. We did see plenty of Lammergeyers flying close by, but none of them unfortunately came in to land for the bones. The thieving white necked crows unfortunately did keep sneaking in to steal the bones though.

Some other great spots were a jackal buzzard that came in to land a few times and about 7 cape vultures who kept cruising the skies around where we were.

On top of the big birds we also saw orange throated long claws, cape rock thrush, streaked chat, stone chat and red winged starlings.

The hide, that was perched on a cliff that also gave great views across to the Giants Castle and that area of the Drakensbergs. It looked like a fantastic area for hiking - If only I had another 6 months!

We did our bit for the community again, picking up some locals for what must have been the most pothole strewn road I've ever traveled.

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