Bird visitors to Tandala Lodge Garden include Hoopoe, Fire Finches, Lavender Finches, Blue Waxbills, Blue Eared Glossy Starlings, Yellow Billed Hornbills, Red Billed Hornbills, Grey Louries, Brown Hooded Kingfishers, Woodland Kingfishers, Paradise Kingfishers, Laughing Doves, Mourning Doves, Speckled Mouse birds, Tawny Flanked Prinias, Sunbirds, Black headed Weavers, Ringed Parakeets, Kurrichane Thrushes, Bronze Manakins, Yellow Billed Kites, Black Headed Orioles, Plum Coloured Starlings , Black Eyed Bulbuls, Fork Tailed Drongos and Red Necked Francolins., Gorgeous Bush Shrike, African Green Pigeon-I typed this straight off from memory so there are probably a few I have forgotten! .
The Kruger National Park which is 3 minutes drive away is home to over three hundred species of birds including many resident and migrant species. On a typical two day one night visit we have seen all of the above and the following, Tawny Eagles, Lizard Buzzrards, White Backed Vultures, Lappett Faced Vultures, Gymnogenes, Pallid Harrier, South Ground Hornbills, Saddle Billed Storks, Abdim’s Storks, Martial Eagles, Lilac Breasted and Racket Tailed Rollers, Secretary Birds, Pearl Spotted Owl, Long Tailed Shrikes, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Red Crested Korahns, Africa Fish Eagles, African Jacanas, Crested and Pied Barbets, Bataleur Eagles, Brown Snake Eagles, Ospreys, Black Chested Eagles, Crowned Plovers, etc etc etc........I’m not a twitcher by any means but I always see something I havn’t seen before on every trip! And sometimes you can just sit quiet in the garden and see 15 or 20 species in a couple of hours while you enjoy a cool drink and soak up the sun.
The two A3 size prints shown on this page were produced by me using a computer and are framed and hanged in the house to assist non expert birders in identifying some of the more frequent visitors to the garden. I am currently working on a third painting.