November 2012 – African Pitta Safari – Zambia
Join us on this exciting trip to search for the elusive and spectacular African Pitta, found in the birders paradise of South Luangwa National Park.
They arrive from mid to late November, which is the start of their breeding season in the early rains, and immediately start to call..
With the onset of breeding they become far more secretive, so timing is paramount for this trip.
This beautiful bird is on many birders “wish list” –
For more information on our Tour – click on the link African Pitta Tour
This truly wonderful, wild National Park is the home of many other exciting small and large inhabitants, too numerous to mention all, but Buffalo, Kudu, Eland, Bushbuck, Impala, Zebra, African Elephant, Lion and African
Wild dog are regularly spotted. And with some of the largest concentrations of Hippo in Africa, it is certainly the place for a true adventure, especially when led by an expert guide and Scout
Southern Ground Hornbill, Southern Crowned Crane and the Western Banded Snake Eagle each with a distinctive call herald the beginning of a new day.At the beginning of the rains the first green flush triggers the onset of breeding, and migrants begin to flood in, mixing with residents. Broad-billed Roller, Narina Trogon, African Broadbill, White-throated Nicator and Black throated Wattle-eye can be found in the thickets, The drying Lagoons have a resurgence of activity as Yellow- Billed Stork compete with Great White Pelican, Marabou, Saddle-billed Stork and Fish Eagles for the last remaining catfish in the mud. The Dwarf Bittern arrive alongside the new inundated pools soon to breed.The Goliath alongside the Great White Heron begin to show their distinctive breeding colouration, and the African Spoonbill begin to prepare their nests in the roots of upturned tree stumps in the main river bed. Small waders such as White fronted Plover probe the waters edge feeding zones with Black-wing Stilt, seemingly oblivious of the huge number of crocodile basking on the banks.
Activity in the riverbed and along sandbanks will thrill you with the distinctive sounds of the African Skimmer, Water Thick-knee, White Crowned Lapwing, and African Fish Eagle while, Bat-like Spinetail, Horus swift , White Fronted Bee-eater and the Southern Carmine bee-eater who have their breeding homes here, wheel around capturing insects over the water.
One of the “most sought after” birds is Pel’s Fishing Owl here, it’s eerie mysterious call, helps in locating it on night drives along the Lagoons. Night drives are a specialised activity, allowing you to veiw many nocturnal creatures in safety. Alongside numerous species of nightjar, Four-toed Elephant Shrew, Bushy-tailed Mongoose, Genet, and of course, leopard, one may even get glimpses of Thick- tailed Galago, Lesser Bushbaby, and Serval.