This colourful bushshrike spends its time in the canopy and mid-stratum of tall, evergreen forests, making it a difficult bird to see, let alone photograph. Further complicating matters, is that it is also restricted to only a few forests/areas in southern Africa.
Eileen and I first attempted to see this uncommon bush-shrike with David Letsoalo on our first visit to Magoeboskloof. We spent much time staring into the canopy but despite a very quick fly-over, never got to see it properly or even begin to lift the camera.
Consequently, I had to wait until June 2011 before I had another chance of recording this sought after species. Gordon Botha and I arranged to spend a weekend in Magoeboskloof and Soutpansberg. We arrived around 4pm in the afternoon and decided to try our hand at a bit of forest birding before heading to our accommodation close to the Woodbush forest. Within 2 minutes of entering the forest, Gordon had picked up 2 new sightings in yellow-streaked greenbul and cape parrot, and I had photographed a spectacular black-fronted bush-shrike. This time lady luck was with us.