Bush Blackcap

Lioptilus nigricapillus (endemic)

After narrowly missing this uncommon, endemic in Kaapsehoop, I finally recorded it in November 2011 while birding Wakkerstroom with Lucky Ngwenya. We travelled to a known spot for the blackcap, and after a few minutes of searching were rewarded with awesome views.

Another great spot for this species is Thendele Camp in the Northern Drakensberg.

My best experience with this species, however, took place at Giants Castle in the central Drakensberg. It was early in the morning and I was sitting outside Unit 8 waiting for Eileen to wake up, when I suddenly caught a glimpse of this sought after bird heading straight towards me. This was the start of a 45 minute photographic shoot with a very accommodating bird. I was also treated to  good views of olive thrush, fairy flycatcher, brimstone canary, streak-headed seedeater, chorister robin-chat and bar-tailed apalis. Not bad for a morning outside our chalet!


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