Birds of South Africa’s pristine Lowveld landscape

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

Senegal Lapwing

“This migrant lapwing, with yellow-orange eyes and brown legs, is essentially a Mozambiquan bird, but can sometimes be seen here at the western point of its range,” according to a Sabi Sabi field guide. “It favors dry savannah, and especially burnt or heavily grazed areas. It is nomadic, occurring in small parties.”

Photo by Matt Mendenhall

Golden-breasted Bunting

This striking species occurs in various woodlands throughout large portions of sub-Saharan Africa. I was hoping this bird would move to a spot with fewer branches while I photographed it, but sometimes you have to take what you can get.

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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