Many birds call the areas in and around Hazyview home and all of these species are unique and beautiful, worth keeping an eye out for.

Birding at The Reserve Boutique hotel

The Southern Ground Hornbill is one of two species of hornbill that live on the ground and are only found in Africa. The Southern Ground Hornbill is the largest species of Hornbill in the world and is found in the Southern regions of South Africa and Kenya. The Southern Ground Hornbill is a carnivorous bird that mostly hunts on the ground and its diet consists between insects, fish and small animals. The Southern Ground Hornbill makes its nest in tree cavities high up and they have a life very long life span of 50-60 years.

Blue Cranes are tall, ground dwelling birds that are actually small in comparison to other crane species. Blue Cranes live in dry grassy uplands, valleys and saturated hills. Blue Cranes migrate altitudinally, usually staying at heights of 1,300 to 2,000 m and then moves down to much lower altitudes during the winter. The Blue Cranes are known for living in areas where people aren’t a disturbance. The Blue Cranes are currently living and thriving in transformed agricultural areas in the Western Cape where their populations are not only stable, but are growing. Blue Cranes are also found in other areas, including Hazyview, where their numbers are slowly increasing.

Birding at The Reserve Boutique hotel
Birding at The Reserve Boutique hotel

The Bat Hawk is a mostly silent bird that will come out at dusk and will make various broken, high-pitched whistles that sounds very weak coming from the size of the bird. When in flight the Bat Hawk has a dark, long winged figure that is about the size of a small Buzzard. When the Bat Hawk sits in a tree, the Bat Hawk’s body is almost completely black, with a white throat and large beady yellow eyes that are very good pointers.

The Secretary Bird is a terrestrial bird that will only take flight only when it is hard-pressed. These birds are solitary animals and even when they are found in pairs, they will stand a small distance away from each other. It hunts by stomping on the grass tufts to scare out insects and small lizards. The Secretary bird has a liking in snakes and when caught, they will throw the prey in the air a few times to stun it and then proceeds to stomp on its prey until it is dead.

Birding at The Reserve Boutique hotel
Birding at The Reserve Boutique hotel

The Blue Swallow is a small bird in the species of the Swallow Family. The swallows have a similar habit as many aerial insectivores. The Blue Swallow will feed on arthropods and soft-bodied flies while in the air. Swallows mating period start near the end of September and they will then construct cup-shaped nests out of mud and grass. The Blue Swallow is currently a vulnerable species in the wild. The Blue Swallow Reserve near Kaapsehoop is in the process of stabilizing the Swallow population.

There are  plenty of different bird species in and around Hazyview. Why not book a room at the Reserve Group and see these beautiful and interesting birds for yourself?