Kavango/Caprivi Trip 2009
The birds of the north-east were calling so Richard and I responded by traveling to the Kavango and Caprivi Regions to repeat a previous well-proven itinerary. Our first stop was Shamvura Camp, some 120 kilometres east of Rundu. Over dinner we discussed various options with Mark Paxton and early the next day we set off to find, amongst others, Souza's shrike. As I had seen Souza's shrike before, for me it was not so much about finding the bird but to experience Mark's unbelievable birding technique. He is a truly superb birder and really knows his patch very well. Having him as a guide makes any bird outing worth the while. We stopped numerous times and were rewarded with sightings of, amongst others, Meyer's parrot and copper sunbird. Then suddenly Mark jumped out of the still moving vehicle shouting 'Sharp-tailed Starling'. That caused an immediate stop from me and armed with binoculars and camera we followed Mark, who was already some hundred metres away, into the bush. We managed to get good sightings of about fifteen sharp-tailed starlings but unfortunately it was a rainy day and not good for photography. The call and behavior of this starling is completely different from any starling I have seen before.
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