Common Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

This summer migrant to southern Africa is a tricky customer to find in its dry thornveld habitat.

On the 24th February 2012 Skye Hartog and I set off to find this special warbler along the Zaagkuildrift dirt road. We located the bird at point 4 of the Zaagkuildrift to Kgomo Kgomo route as described in “The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng” by Etienne Marais and Faansie Peacock. It turned out to be far easier to see than photograph!


Common Whitethroat / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 Common Whitethroat / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 Common Whitethroat / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 Common Whitethroat / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 Common Whitethroat / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 March 2016 Common Whitethroat / Zaagkuildrift, South Africa / 24 February 2012 Common Whitethroat / Zaagkuildrift, North West Province, South Africa / 17 January 2015
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