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This small 204 ha reserve was proclaimed to protect the Cape Vulture colony nesting on one of the rocky outcrops, as well as the northernmost breeding colony of the Southern Bald Ibis. The reserve is dominated by a couple of rock outcrops as well as acacia savanna and grassland. There are a couple of footpaths that crisscross the reserve and which cover most habitat types. A small entrance fee is payable and there are picnic and braai facilities. There is also a Vulture Restaurant where the vultures are fed from time to time. Allow three to four hours for birding.

Birding

Apart from the two mentioned specials, a visitor may be rewarded with sightings of Verreauxs' Eagle that are resident in the reserve. African Harrier-Hawk, Lanner Falcon (resident), Black-chested Snake-Eagle and Booted Eagle may be seen in summer. Abdim's Stork and White Stork are common in summer and in winter, the Black Stork is a frequent visitor. Cuckoos are particularly plentiful in summer and Red-chested Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo, Klaas's Cuckoo and Diderick Cuckoo may all be recorded during a visit. Alpine Swift are common and can be seen flying above the large outcrop where the vultures breed. Both Greater Honeyguide and Lesser Honeyguide have been recorded and the former can be seen or heard in the acacia woodland on the way to the Vulture Restaurant. Red-breasted Swallow breed in a culvert at the turn-off to the reserve. Other species which may be seen during a visit include, Ashy Tit, Southern Black Tit and Cape Penduline-Tit, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Cape Robin-Chat, White-throated Robin-Chat, White-browed Scrub-Robin and Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Yellow-bellied Eremomela and Burnt-necked Eremomela, Barred Wren-Warbler, Marico Flycatcher, Lesser Grey Shrike, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Brubru, Marico Sunbird, Great Sparrow, Violet-eared Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill, Yellow-fronted Canary, Yellow Canary, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Black-throated Canary and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting.

The reserve is 35km from Pietersburg on the R521 north. Turn left at the Seshego turn-off and continue to Seshego. Once in Seshego, take the Steilloopbrug/Gilead road. The reserve is about 27km from the centre of Pietersburg. A large, dome shaped, whitewashed rock outcrop is a useful landmark at the turn-off to the reserve.

Derek Engelbrecht 1997.



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