The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is home to approximately 280 sepcies of birds of which only about 92 are resident. The remainder comprises migratory, vagrant and nomadic species. Two thirds of the raptor species found in South Africa are found in the Kgalagadi.
The two dry riverbeds, the Nossob and Auob, have a variety of different habitats which support a number of unusual bird species. The Nossob riverbed is one of the best places in South Africa to view raptors.
During the summer months, large numbers of migratory eagles, kites and falcons descend on the park. The eagles include Steppe, Booted, Wahlbergs and Lesser spotted eagles.
Other migatory raptors include Yellow billed kites, Pallid and Montagus harrier and a number of Kestrel species.
During the wet season (November to March) numerous migrating storks and water birds visit the park.
Chance encounters may be had with unusual species which have been blown off course by strong winds. These include herons, ducks and egrets.
The Auob riverbed is particularly famous for Verreaux’s eagle owls that nest in the dense Camelthorn trees.
The numerous waterholes along the two riverbeds, are good for sightings of colorful finch and waxbill species. The waterholes also offer wonderful opportunities for observing Lanner and Rednecked falcons which prey on unsuspecting doves and sparrows that come down to drink.
The two dune roads which join the Auob and Nossob riverbeds, wind through open grassland with occasional shrubs and trees. This habitat supports species such as quails, korhaans and coursers. The three main rest camps provide an ideal opportunity to view and photograph birds at close quarters. Species such as hornbills, shrikes, flycatchers and starlings come within close range of the chalets.
When big cat sightings elude you, spend time observing the beautiful array of bird species which offer a different dimension to the Kgalagadi.