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                                                                                                                                             Mozambique Trip Report                            by Sue Bryan

November 19th – December  7th 2021

Sue Bryan and John Geeson

Bruce and Winifred Staples

Jay Lamb

Simon Peile



Mozambique had never really featured as a birding destination for us, but the lure of trying to complete my Brooke Bond Tropical Birds album quest (50 species that I want to see) and our good relationship with Birding Ecotours who are so accommodating to our needs, had us approaching them to organise a customised tour for us visiting Zimbabwe and Mozambique. We gave them a list of bird and animal species that we wanted to see. After much negotiation we had a perfect tour with a good guide. However the world was then engulfed with a pandemic and covid had other ideas that meant that Zimbabwe closed its land borders and the tour was reorganised into two tours of a much longer length, meaning that I would not be able to do both. We opted to do the second half joining 4 others in Beira and travelling to central Mozambique.


Guide Dylan Vasapoli




19th November   Heathrow - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


20th November   Addis Ababa - Blantyre, Malawi – Beira, Mozambique


21st November    Rio Savanne, Beira – Casa Msika, Chicamba  


22nd November   Casa Msika – Mount Tsetserra


23rd November  Casa Msika – Chimamimani NP


24th November  Casa Msika – Mount Tsetserra


25th November  Casa Msika – Gorongosa Adventuras


26th November Gorongosa NP


27th November Gorongosa Adventuras  – Mphingwe


28th November Mphingwe (Coutada 12)


29th November Mphingwe (Coutada 12)


30th November Caia – Grown Energy Eco Farm (Sofala)


1st December Mphingwe (Coutada 12)


2nd December Mphngwe Lodge


3rd December Mphingwe – Beira


4th December Beira (Rio Savanne and Rio Maria)


5th December Dondo


6th December Beira – Addis Ababa


7th December Addis Ababa - Heathrow





International flights to Beira, Mozambique via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Blantyre, Malawi with Ethiopian Airlines cost £1400 each. We booked this reasonably last minute (as Mozambique had just come off the Red list) in the Trailfinders office in Norwich. Some routes were either unavailable or far too expensive.




Birding Ecotours Mozambique African Pitta Special cost £4462 each




A visa is necessary that took 3 weeks to process cost around £90 including post office tracking







The ATM machine at the airport was broken which meant we were unable to get any local currency. However since everything on the tour was paid for and Dylan supplied water and soft drinks whilst we were out birding we ran a tab for any alcohol we consumed at the lodges which we settled up with Dylan at the end of the tour.




Mozambique was extremely hot and humid whilst we were there. Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and we suffered some rain on our first day’s birding which I was a bit unprepared for! Some days the temperature nearly reached 40 degrees!




The country is divided into two topographical regions by the Zambezi River. North of the Zambezi River, the narrow coastal strip gives way to inland hills and low plateaus. In the west there are rugged highlands and the Makonde plateau which is covered with miombo woodlands. To the south of the Zambezi River, the lowlands are broader with the Mashonaland plateau and Lebombo Mountains located in the south. We spent much of our time in central Mozambique where we saw much degraded forest with areas of small plots of agricultural land being ploughed by bullocks. Very sadly we witnessed the devastation of logging activities without any replanting of the forests.


Daily Log


19th November


John and I left home and drove to Heathrow where we caught and overnight flight to Addis Ababa. This was not straight forward as we had messages from the Trailfinders office that the Foreign Office were advising against all travel to Ethiopia but as the airport at Addis is a major hub for Africa the airport itself fell into the ‘all but essential travel category’. We set off with great trepidation as we knew it wasn’t essential travel but were prepared to take the risk. By the end of our trip we were glad that we had chosen this route because had we transited through Johannesburg our flights would have been cancelled because of the unexpected red-listing that our government did to South Africa whilst we were away and they cancelled all flights leaving South Africa.


20th November


We caught an early morning flight from Addis Ababa to Blantyre in Malawi.


Malawi was very hot and sunny and we were glad of some fresh air. We watched Pied Crows cavorting around the airport along with House Sparrows but mostly watched the Wire-tailed Swallows that were flying around and landing on airport buildings. After a few hours we re-boarded the plane and set off for Beira in Mozambique.

Sue in a covid mask Heathrow

                   Jardim-las-Velas Hotel, Beira

Dylan met us at the airport and took us to our hotel by the beach in Beira. After a quick change and meeting up with some of the group we were soon on our way to Rio Maria marshes where we familiarised ourselves to some common African species. It was good to be back amongst Pied Kingfisher, African Jacana, Pygmy Goose, Yellow-billed Kite, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Woolley-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Stork and Sacred Ibis.


21st November


After the arrival of Simon last night we drove to the Rio Savanne flood plain where we pulled a rope across the grassland in the hope of seeing a few specialities. We watched African Pipit, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Quailfinch as well as admiring a few overhead raptors in the shape of Black-chested Snake Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle and Steppe Buzzard. All of a sudden a Black-rumped Buttonquail flew from the grass which we all enjoyed watching.

Red-necked Falcon

It started to rain, which I was a bit unprepared for and we returned to the hotel for breakfast. We had a very long drive ahead of us. We packed the minibus and trailer and headed off westwards to Msika. After watching a Long-crested Eagle we were soon in trouble as continuous beeping and warning lights appeared on the dashboard of the minibus. Bruce, Simon and Dylan were soon out and trouble shooting. I made use of the time by taking a photo of a Red-necked Falcon. After a few phone calls to the hirer who made suggestions and the use of a roll of masking tape later plus some water being drained out from somewhere underneath we were soon on our way. Rain was the problem apparently!


It was a long drive and eventually we reached Msika where we managed a short walk before our evening meal. Our rondavel was in a beautiful setting by Lake Chicamba with Yellow Baboons and Impala running around.

22nd November

Our minibus on Mount Tsetserra                      

              Sue at Mount Tsetserra                         

                     Lesser Honeyguide

We were up at 5am for a very quick short breakfast at Msika adding Hammerkop, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, African Fish Eagle, Tropical Boubou Black-backed Puffback and Amethyst Sunbird to our list before piling into the minibus for a 2 hour drive before a tea and coffee stop. The track after breakfast was a rough one as Dylan laboured with the minibus. Many birds were familiar to me as trip ticks were soon added. Black-capped Tchagra, Violet-backed Starling, White-crested Helmetshrike, Black-headed Oriole, Kurrichan Thrush and then a new bird for me of Green-backed Woodpecker.

       White-crested helmetshrike                        

                      White-eared Barbet                         

               Lesser-striped Swallow

Photography was challenging as although it was hot we were up high and we had misty conditions which as photographers know play havoc with the focus on lenses. We were in a heavily forested area too which meant there was little light but I kept persevering and was pleased with some of my photos. Overhead we watched Black Saw-wing, White-rumped Swift and African Black Swift. We came upon a scrubby area which produced; Red-faced Crombec, Red-faced Cisticola, African Firefinch and Burchell’s Coucal. Red-winged Prinia was another new bird for me as we watched Singing Cisticola and Variable Sunbird.

                   Red-winged Prinia                         

              White-breasted Cuckooshrike             

            Southern Black Flycatcher

Birds came thick and fast as I struggled to write them all down, take photographs whilst keeping my eyes open for any new birds appearing.  A Cardinal Woodpecker drummed whilst a Bar-throated Apalis appeared at the same time as a Robert’s Warbler pair became very noisy but hiding in the roadside scrub. It took a while before we had all had satisfactory views. Life ticks were soon added as a Stripe-cheeked Greenbul hid as a White-eared Barbet showed well enough to have its photo taken. A White-crested Flycatcher added itself to my world list as did a Black-fronted Bushshrike. I was keen to see the Livingstone’s Turaco which we could hear calling. Seeing it was quite a different matter until we reached the top of the hill and out into an open area. We watched an Olive Bushshrike as well as Olive Sunbirds before making our way back down the hill to the bus and lunch.

However we did stop to admire the Semango Monkeys all playing in the trees.


After lunch we stopped on our way back down the hill as we could hear a Striped Pipit singing. It was sometime though before I located it singing from a distant tree overlooking the hillside. We eventually had good views of it.


On our way back to camp we saw a Golden-breasted Bunting sitting in the road, Fork-tailed Drongo and Speckled Mousebird. You can never have too many Lilac-breasted Rollers though and I enjoyed watching the little Grey Waxbills flitting around.


Back at our camp the steak evening meal was excellent!


Samango Monkey

23rd November

Today we travelled to Chimanimani National Park. The roads in Mozambique are not that good. Tarmaced roads are full of pot holes and the tracks which are 100kms long are very rough, so progress is slow.


We left Msika at 5am and travelled in the dark to begin with but added Black-winged Kite and Marabou Stork near Chimoio Airport. African villages were strung along our route and near Sussundenga we added Red-backed Mannikin and Gorgeous Bushshrike. By 7.30am we had arrived at the park and signed in. The tracks were interesting to say the least, but our minibus refused to go up one of the inclines despite some of the group’s efforts of pushing!


Heave! The bus would not go up.

                       Cabanis's Bunting                                        

                    Levaillant’s Cuckoo                             

                           Spotted Creeper
The birding was good in this more open forest giving us plenty of opportunity to find our own birds and for Bruce and I to take some photos in better light. We watched Cabanis's Bunting, Stierling’s Wren Warbler, Black-eared Seedeater, Southern Hyliota, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Miombo Rock Thrush and Pale Batis which were all world ticks for me. Green Woodhoopoe, Yellow-bellied Eremomela and Broad-billed Roller all added to the scene. Soon it was breakfast time but the birds kept coming. It was so good to be back in Africa with birds everywhere with so much to look at. Black-collared Barbet, Grey Tit-flycatcher and Western Violet-backed Sunbird caught our eye before we set off in search of a Wood Pipit. It took a while before we located it to our satisfaction. A Levaillant’s Cuckoo showed well as we drove back stopping for a comfort stop. It was a good stopping point as we added Striped Kingfisher and African Pygmy Kingfisher here too. Later we spotted Wahlberg’s Eagle and a Booted Eagle on a roadside stop before adding Red-necked Spurfowl and Bearded Woodpecker as we entered Msika once again.



                        Pale Batis


                        Golden-breasted Bunting                                                                 


24th November



Dylan wanted to try an alternative route to Mount Tsetserra today. We were birding here as our plans to bird in Zimbabwe on the other side of the mountain were thwarted when Zimbabwe closed the land border because of Covid. We were right on the border but on the Mozambique side. It was a new adventure for us all. It was a bumpy route but a fascinating one as we passed many African villages. The scenery was spectacular and far more enjoyable than two days ago.


The birds were plentiful as we added some more familiar species, Ashy Flycatcher, Common Sandpiper, Little Sparrowhawk and Grey-back Camaroptera. We stopped to peer into a bush for Terrestrial Bulbul whilst a Golden-tailed Woodpecker appeared above us. A few Arrow-marked Babblers appeared but I was keen to see a Miombo Tit as along with the Eastern Miombo Double-collared Sunbird they were lifers! Cape Robin Chat and White-tailed Robin added themselves to the list too.

                                       Breakfast Stop                                                                         

                                          Miombo Tit

We stopped along the track and I took the opportunity of taking photos of African Paradise Flycatcher, Emerald Wood Dove, Grey Waxbill and Striped Pipit. Later a Cinnamon-breasted Bunting impeded our progress on the track.

                                 African Paradise Flycatcher                                                                    

                                        Grey Waxbill

                           Emerald Wood Dove                                       

                       Striped Pipit

                              Pale Batis

We stopped further along the road by a bridge where down in the river the locals were washing clothes and the children having great fun in the searing heat. It was certainly one way to keep cool. We spotted African Firefinches and Simon spotted Red-throated Twinspots. John was delighted. It was a lifer for me. Wire-tailed Swallows were resting on a wooden structure.

                                 African Firefinch

                        Red-throated Twinspot

                                       Wire-tailed Swallow                                                      

                                  Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

African Golden Oriole



Another short stop produced an African Golden Oriole before we headed back to camp and another evening by Lake Chicamba at Msika.

25th November

              Our Rondavel at Msika                              

African Cuckoo-hawk

We were up at 5am and after a quick drink we birded the grounds of our accommodation at Msika. My first world tick came in the shape of an Eastern Nicator which we saw after following it through some scrub. A Trumpeter Hornbill flew over as Purple-banded Sunbirds and a Yellow-breasted Apalis flitted around us. A Crowned Hornbill flew over as we neared the lake.

At the lake we added some more familiar African birds to our trip list and it was good to see them again. These included, African Darter, Three-banded Plover, Striated Heron, Water Thick-knee, and Spotted Thick-knee.


We spotted a distant raptor across the other side of the lake which was an African Cuckoo-hawk. I needed it as a lifer and was disappointed that it was so far away. However luck was on my side as a few minutes later as we rounded the corner, having been obscured by the trees, it was sat on top of a nearby tree. By the time we returned to the lodge we had added Bronze Mannikin, African Palm Swift and Southern Masked Weaver to the trip list.


After breakfast we loaded up the minibus and trailer and we started the long drive to Gorongosa. The pot-holed road and track to the park took some time but we stopped in the buffer zone to do some birding in the hot weather. We watched a delightful Black-backed Puffback displaying and watched a Speckled-throated Woodpecker as well as adding Grey-headed Bushshrike, Spotted Flycatcher, and Bearded Scrub Robin. Common Waxbill, Greater Honeyguide, African Hoopoe, Cuckoo, Black-crowned Tchagra and Golden Oriole were also seen.

                               Black-backed Puffback

                 Speckled-throated Woodpecker

                                         Sue at Gorongosa

Covid hand washing!

We reached the entrance to the park where the covid hand washing facilities took some working out! But we all got it in the end!



African Wood Owl


After paying our dues we continued along the track to the campsite where we were to spend the next 2 nights under canvas. However a herd of Elephants had other ideas about our use of the entrance track. There were several baby Elephants in the herd and the mothers were not impressed by our presence and immediately surrounded them sending out the matriarch to deter our progress. A vehicle with park staff tried to beckon us through but we needed to be sure that we would be safe and not startle the Elephants. Eventually we drove by and the Elephants all crossed over safely. Waterbuck, Impala and Yellow Baboons were everywhere. We also saw Nyala and Blue Wildebeest.


After a wonderful barbeque at our campsite we could hear an African Wood Owl calling above our tent. So with a spot light and torch in hand we soon found a pair calling to each other.

I love the ambiance of camping in Africa listening to all the night sounds. In the warmth of an African night there is nothing like it. It is such a privilege to be here.


26th November


Today was a little different to our other days as Dylan had booked us all a game drive by a park ranger. He knew his birds too. It was wonderful to be back in amongst African game and birds. The birds were abundant and we tried to concentrate on new birds for the trip unless Bruce or I requested a photographic opportunity stop. I had no new world ticks today but it didn’t matter as it was just such a perfect day for game and bird watching.

                                        Greater Kudu



                                             Common Warthog

We all relaxed and enjoyed ourselves as we watched Greater Kudu, Nyala, Oribi Common Warthog, Impala, Waterbuck and Hippopotamus on the plains and in the forest. Meanwhile many birds were added to the trip list including, Carmine Bee-eaters, European Bee-eater, Wattled Starling, Flappet Lark, Black-bellied Bustard, Grey Go-away-bird, Blacksmith’s Lapwing, Grey-crowned Crane, Jacobin Cuckoo, Grey Penduline Tit, Blue Waxbill, Lilac-breasted Roller and Moustached Grass Warbler.


We all enjoyed the game drive and Bruce and I enjoyed taking our photographs. A Green-winged Pytilia and Red-chested Cuckoo brought smiles to several faces as did a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater to mine. A Red-backed Shrike was quite shy as it tried to camouflage itself unsuccessfully. We returned to the campsite for late morning for some much-needed down time before setting off for another game drive at 4pm.

                 Black-chested Eagle                    

             Collared Palm Thrush                          
                        Green-winged Pytilia


Animals were everywhere but we were asked if we wanted to see the lions or see a few more birds down by the water’s edge and enjoy a sundowner. All of us had seen many lions before and we opted for more birds and a sundowner! En-route we watched Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Banded Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, and Red Duiker

                                        African Skimmer


Down at the water’s edge a Hippopotamus made a run for the water as we admired a Saddle-billed Stork, Kittlitz’s Plover, Little Stint, African Spoonbill, Collared Pratincole, European Roller, Long-toed Lapwing and a Great White Pelican. I was fascinated by the congregation of African Skimmers. Bruce and I tried our best in failing light to photograph them actually skimming for food in the water. It wasn’t easy!

          Lilac-breasted Roller                     

              Saddle-billed Stork                               

            Southern Carmine Bee-eater

            Jacobin Cuckoo                                   

                      Violet-backed Starling              
              White-headed Vulture and Bateleur

After celebrating our wonderful day with a few gin and tonics as we watched the sun go down we started our return drive for a night drive. We had come prepared with a spotlight and a torch. We watched a few Square-tailed Nightjars, Thick-tailed Bushbaby, Civet, Genet and a Porcupine as well as a Southern White-faced Owl.


Square-tailed Nightjar

                                      Sue at the campsite                                         

                       Sue on a game drive by the water’s edge

27th November


We were up at 4.20am, had our breakfast, packed up the minibus and trailer and left the campsite at 6am. We drove along the entrance track and birded in the buffer zone for a while. It was another beautiful morning with ideal conditions for photography. Bruce and I made the most of it as we took photos of African Hoopoe, Diederik-Cuckoo, Red-headed-Weaver and Retz’s Helmetshrike.

                                      African Hoopoe                                                                           

                                          Diederik Cuckoo

                       Red-headed Weaver                                         

                                  Retz’s Helmetshrike
We added Brown-headed Parrot to our lists along with Shrikra, Purple-crested Turaco and Black-winged Red Bishop as well as taking photographs of Purple-banded Sunbird and Miombo Blue-eared Starling

                      Purple-banded Sunbird                                              

                            Miombo Blue-eared Starling

Dylan nearly stepped on a snake which scuttled off and hid in the base of a tree.


Soon we had to be on our way and we boarded the bus for another long drive along on very rough tracks. We stopped off at Nhamapaza where I took a few photos of Little Bee-eaters that were nesting in a sandy quarry. After a bite to eat we continued our journey. After journeying for quite a while the rough track was having an impact on my bladder and I requested a comfort stop. It was just as well I did as we discovered to our horror that part of the trailer was missing.

                                          Little Bee-eater                                                                        

                             Tow bar trouble

I had heard an enormous thud a few miles back but we had had quite a few thuds on the rough track. Now we realised that this thud was a bit different as not only had we lost a box off the trailer, the bolts holding the tow bar on had all lost their thread and could not keep the nuts in place. We were in danger of not being able to tow the trailer. Bruce had had the foresight to buy some more bolts earlier in the trip but they were not quite long enough and were made of steel that was too soft. He did a temporary fix and we limped our way to the next biggest settlement where we managed to obtain some second-hand bolts that did the trick. Phew....quite a relief!

M’Phingwe Lodge


We made it to M’Phingwe Lodge and after unloading and putting the cases into our rooms we had a quick wander around the grounds where to John’s delight we added one of his target species, Livingstone’s Flycatcher.


During the early evening we learnt that Mozambique had been put on the Red List by the UK government as scientists in South Africa had discovered a new covid variant. For 3 of us it meant going into quarantine upon our return to the UK and for one of our group he had his flight from South Africa back to the USA cancelled. It was not a good evening. With no internet and no phone signal in a remote part of Mozambique this was not good news as we could not do or find out anything.

28th November


We were up at 3.30 am and told to take something to lie on as we were going to have a nap in the hottest part of the day on the forest floor. With temperatures over 30 degrees in the middle part of the day we were going to need a rest after such an early start. John asked the bus to be brought to a halt as he had spotted a kingfisher. This turned out to be a good shout as it was a Mangrove Kingfisher, a world tick for most of us. 


The day had started well with 6 world ticks as I added Black-headed Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Green Malkoha, East Coast Akalat, Lowland Tiny Greenbul as well as a trip ticks of a Black-bellied Starling. However it was the African Broadbill that I enjoyed watching so much as it was a displaying male that did a little dance on a horizontal branch. I was mesmerised by it. It was such a joy to watch.



                               African Broadbill

                             Mangrove Kingfisher                                             

                                      Narina Trogon

By now the day was exceedingly hot and we laid our towels down on the ground and tried to have a nap on the forest floor. However ants had other ideas and I did not find the experience as restful as I would have liked! A Narina Trogon came and landed above our heads but I was too close for a decent photograph. We watched an Orange-breasted Bushshrike before spotting an African Barred Owlet which Bruce and I struggled to get a decent angle on without branches getting in the way. Dylan heard a Plain-backed Sunbird calling but seeing it was quite a different matter as we scrabbled through dense tangled vegetation before it flew yet again.

                    African Barred Owlet                                  

                       Plain-backed Sunbird

A Variable Sunbird in the same tree did not make things easy for us. Overhead Bohm’s Spinetails were flying around as we added a Crowned Eagle to our trip list on our return trip back to the lodge. We had seen some good birds today and we had all enjoyed our day.


The lodge put on an excellent supper and the ambiance was just perfect with a wonderful host as well. A few beers were very much enjoyed as well as yet more gin and tonics!

Variable Sunbird


A Bushbuck was also seen today at the lodge and added to our mammal list

29th November


We were up at 4am and after a quick drink were in the bus for a drive around the local tracks stopping off at forest patches to search for the pitta without any luck at all. An African Hobby flew over us. Luckily I had turned around with Dylan and was looking the right way as a Green Twinspot flew in front of us landing in the scrub beside us. Sadly most of the group missed it. We also saw the Garden Warbler that was lurking inside the bush too. The Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher played hard to get but the Swallow-tailed Bee-eater posed beautifully as it kept flying around, catching insects to feed to its youngster sat beside it.

Our cabin at M’Phingwe                   

                   Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

                         Carmine Bee-eater                                 

A Carmine Bee-eater also sat beautifully and posed for the camera. We continued driving along the tracks stopping if and when we saw a good bird and walking for a while in the heat. We took many photos today as the light was so good including: Chestnut-fronted-Helmetshrike, Golden-tailed-Woodpecker and Bearded-Scrub-Robin.


Dylan also spent some time with me trying to show me a technique for taking photos of fast flying birds such as the Bohm’s Spinetails that were flying above our heads. I had a go and took a lot of shots of empty sky but did manage a few where I actually had a bird in the photos, out of focus mainly but being a better digital camera and lens than I used to have with a much quicker response I had a few successful attempts.

      Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike

           Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Bearded Scrub Robin

Bohm’s Spinetail


We watched Mottled Spinetails too before deciding at 37 degrees it would be good to return for lunch at the lodge where we could eat in the shade with a few cool beers and have a break for a few domestics for a while.


In the afternoon we walked a dry river bed at the lodge and saw almost nothing except for a pair of Brown-hooded Kingfishers that posed nicely.


We all enjoyed a wonderful steak meal sitting out in the warmth of a wonderful African evening listening to the sounds of the forest. How I love Africa and the ambiance that it has in the evenings as we sit and relax with a few beers and gin and tonics.

30th November

We were off once again at 4am for a long drive to the Grown Energy’s Eco Farm where a colony of Bohm’s Bee-eaters had been discovered. However this was a private site that needed permission for entry. We stopped by the Zambezi River where a concrete tower provided an excellent view over the surrounding area. Even though it was still very early in the morning it was already hot. After taking a few photographs we went back down to ground level and watched the areas around the marsh where we added lots of trip ticks to our list. These included Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Rufous-winged Cisticola, a lifer for me, African Reed Warbler, Copper Sunbird, Little Rush Warbler, Southern Red Bishop,  and Little Bittern.

Sue by the flood plains of the Zambezi River

                         Southern Brown-throated Weaver

                             Mozambique village at Caia

We motored on our way along the rough track and stopped at a wetland area. It was a delightful stop as we enjoyed our breakfast that enabled us to wander at will taking photos and watching the birds. Here we added Comb Duck, Black Heron, Yellow Wagtail, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Orange-breasted Waxbill, European Honey Buzzard and Olive Tree Warbler which Dylan had heard and we investigated where it was calling from the other side of the wet area. It took a while to see it but eventually it showed well to us all.  I also took photographs of: African-Fish-Eagle, African Pipit and Wahlberg’s Eagle. It was just such a delightful spot to wander and enjoy the best of African birding. We watched the pools where Ruff and Wood Sandpipers were amongst the Black-winged Stilts too.

               African Fish Eagle

                      African Pipit

               Wahlberg’s Eagle

We loaded the minibus back up and continued on our way to the farm where although we had pre-arranged our visit the gate-keeper would not let us in. Dylan tried his best to explain but the chap was adamant that we were not going to pass. A few phone calls were made and a man on a motorbike was despatched whilst we sat it out. After quite a wait the gate was unlocked and we were let through as the owner of the farm appeared and welcomed us. Sugar-cane was being grown and the tall vegetation meant that we could not see very much. Dylan parked the van and we walked through some scrub to the banks of the Zambezi River. Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters were flying around but they were not our quarry and we returned to the minibus. We drove a bit further and got out again. Bohm’s Bee-eaters are not typical in that they don’t perch out in the open like other bee-eaters do and prefer to sit under the canopy of trees making them a bit more difficult to see. Dylan could hear them calling and eventually we spotted them.


Bohm’s Bee-eater

We saw around ten Bohm’s Bee-eaters but could only find one with tail streamers. Other birds abounded here in the trees and it was good birding as we managed to find a little bit of shade in the searing heat that reached 38 degrees. White-fronted Bee-eater showed well as did a Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird that pleaded to have its photo taken. Klaas’s Cuckoo sat still whilst I took its photo whilst Common Swift and Long-billed Crombec added themselves to the trip list. I also took photos of Copper Sunbird and Brown-headed Parrot. We had our lunch and were glad of the cold drinks as we parked in the shade of the trees whilst bee-eaters flew around us.

                                   Klaas’s Cuckoo

                               Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

                         Brown-headed Parrot

                                       Copper Sunbird

After lunch we headed back along the track and back to M’Phingwe and the lodge. Later we drove the track the other side of the main road and walked some agricultural fields. How the locals laboured in the searing heat I do not know. The fields produced a Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Sombre Greenbul and House Sparrow for our trip list but little else. We were glad to return to the lodge for a cold drink but we had a fruitless evening trying to book a quarantine hotel with the limited internet that we had available. The UK government obviously doesn’t realise that not everywhere has internet in remote Mozambique! I felt sorry for our fellow travellers that had had their flights cancelled too!

1st December

                    Bearded Scrun Robin's Nest

                        Sue at M’Phingwe

We had an extremely early start this morning as we wanted to drive the tracks in the dark to search for nightjars. We flushed a European Nightjar and a female Pennant-winged Nightjar. As daylight came we visited areas that we had stopped in before but we were still out of luck for either hearing or seeing any pittas. It was clear that they simply had not arrived yet. We added Black Cuckoo to our lists and saw a cuckoo’s egg in a Bearded Scrub Robin’s nest. A Scaly-throated Honeyguide was a new world tick for me.


Once again it was extremely hot and the birds thought so too as they seemed to disappear. We decided to return to the lodge and have the afternoon to ourselves. I spent much of the afternoon trying to sort out John’s camera which had ceased to function. I managed to get it to work on a couple of settings but suspected that there was sand in the shutter mechanism somewhere.

After dark some of us drove back to the bridge where once again we flushed some European Nightjars but the night sky full of stars of the galaxy was something else! Amazing!


2nd December


After a cup of tea we walked around the camp grounds where we added Orange-winged Pytilia to the trip list. Suni and Duikers stood and watched us as we wandered around. After a short drive around we stopped at the waterhole where we had a very relaxing time sitting in chairs watching the animals come and go. Warthogs and Greater Kudu came in for a drink as did Tambourine Doves. We returned to the lodge for breakfast as we had to sort out PCR tests and passports in preparations for our return to the UK.

                                Tambourine Dove

                                     Sunset at M’Phingwe

The day was extremely hot once again and after lunch we tried for the pitta once again. I think most of us had accepted that we were not going to see it by now. A huge disappointment for us all but we had enjoyed our birding and the beautiful birds we had seen. We kept trying though but returned to the lodge empty handed. We had a frustrating evening trying to book quarantine hotels but with the UK government website not accepting credit cards and with limited internet we were unsuccessful. Several hours were totally wasted!


3rd December


Today we were due to travel back to Beira and so after breakfast we loaded up the minibus and what was left of the trailer and bid goodbye to our lovely hosts at M’Phingwe and set off on a 200 km rough track. We hadn’t gone far when at Inhamitanga a Crested Francolin stood in the middle of the road. For the next 196 km Dylan battled with the rough track often getting behind logging lorries taking away much of the forest. It was a sorry sight to see all the hardwood trees disappearing with little replanting taking place. We stopped occasionally for drinks and lunch but settled back and enjoyed the scenery as well as having a bit of a doze. Fourteen kilometres short of Beira we stopped at Dondo as Etienne, whom I had met in South Africa many years ago, had found a Lesser Seedcracker that Dylan and Bruce needed for their Southern African lists. It was very hot as we added Jameson’s Firefinch and Red-headed Quelea, a lifer for me, to the trip list. An African Harrier Hawk and a Lizard Buzzard posed for a photograph whilst another Little Bee-eater did too, but we failed to find the seedcracker.


We spent the evening by the Pacific Ocean at a restaurant on the beach. Had it not been for the loud music (one of my pet hates) we could have heard the waves crashing on the sand. It was a shame that John and I chosen badly from the menu and ended up with a dreadful meal but I did enjoy the rather large gin and tonic.

                     African Harrier-Hawk

                                             Lizard Buzzard

Little Bee-eater and Common Waxbill

4th December

                   Malachite Kingfisher

             Croaking Cisticola

                  Fan-tailed Widowbird

We were up early once again and piled into the minibus for another try on the Rio Savanne Flood Plain. We stopped near a small bridge adding Red-breasted Swallow and Malachite Kingfisher to our lists. It was obviously going to be another very hot sunny day. I took photos of Croaking Cisticola and Fan-tailed Widowbird whilst Dylan, Simon and Bruce prepared the rope for another try at finding Blue Quail.

           Sue walking the grasslands at Rio Savanne

Purple Heron

                     Yellow-billed Kite

We drove the minibus a bit further and then dragged the rope over the long grass. It was very hot work and I left my camera behind. Bruce and Dylan were ahead and all of a sudden a pair of Blue Quail flew out from behind them. I yelled and most of us saw where the quail had landed. We ran to the spot as best we could but they did not reappear. Luckily John and I had had quite good views as the birds were still ahead of us and not behind as they were for the rest of the group. Overhead we watched a Purple Heron and a Yellow-billed Kite flying by. A Great Snipe was flushed and we watched a Mosque Swallow back near the minibus. We continued our walk and luckily found a pair of Locust Finch that fed on the ground in front of us. I cursed at not having my camera with me at that point as they posed very well.

                         Senegal Lapwing

                     Collared Pratincole


We made our way back to the minibus and drove a little bit further on the track and stopped to take photographs of a flock of Senegal Lapwings. I also crept across the land to take a photograph of a Collared Pratincole that landed nearby. Dylan could hear Cuckoofinch calling but it took a while to discover where they had landed as we all disagreed. Luckily I spotted them in nearby trees and we all had good views. We also had a Palm Nut Vulture fly over too. It was now nearly 40 degrees and after watching a Plain-backed Pipit we found some shade and had our breakfast which we shared with some locals who had wandered by. We needed to get back to the hotel as a lab technician was coming to do out PCR tests ready for our flight home. Once back in the minibus, we stopped at a small pool where a Three-banded Plover was showing well along with a Kittlitz’s Plover.



The afternoon was spent at the Rio Maria estuary where we got badly caught out by the tide. Here we added Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Terek Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper to the trip lists as well as watching White-faced Whistling Duck, Spur-winged Goose and African Pygmy Geese once again. I even managed a ride on a motorbike to save me getting my feet wet like all the others!

5th December


We drove back out to Dondo to a small dam where we had stopped 2 days ago to give the seedcracker another go. A Marsh Warbler was singing as we arrived and Dylan thought he could hear the seedcracker. We shifted around to the back of all the bushes and saw the Lesser Seedcracker hiding deep in the vegetation. Getting a photograph was not easy. We were all so pleased for Dylan as he had worked so hard for us throughout the tour with so many covid-related issues and other major issues to contend with.  He took it all in his stride. On the way back to Beira we spotted a raptor at the top of a tree in the distance. I could not believe my luck when it was a Southern Banded Snake Eagle which had been a gap in my Southern African list for so long!

                                   Lesser Seedcracker

                            Southern Banded Snake-Eagle

We returned back to the hotel to get our PCR test results which were all negative and completed passenger locator forms which took a long time to complete with limited internet from a hot spot from Dylan’s phone.  John and I bid farewell to the rest of the group who left at 11am. We thanked Dylan and had a wonderful stroll along the beach walking in the warm sea of the Pacific Ocean. Bliss! It had been a wonderful trip and we were glad to have managed some excellent birding in Africa once again with a wonderful group of people and a lovely leader.



6th December


After an early breakfast we were taken to the airport at Beira where after a lengthy check in due to electricity cuts, meaning computer failures, we eventually flew to Addis Ababa.  


7th December


We flew from Addis Ababa to Heathrow in London where after 12 hours from landing we found ourselves in a quarantine hotel where we eventually caught covid from the hotel staff!                               

Species List


  1. White-faced Whistling Duck   Dendrocygna viduata 23/11/2021              Sussendenga
  2. Spur-winged Goose     Plectropterus gambensis         26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  3. Knob-billed Duck         Sarkidiornis melanotos            30/11/2021              Caia
  4. Egyptian Goose             Alopochen aegyptiaca             24/11/2021              Mount Tsetserra
  5. African Pygmy Goose  Nettapus auritus          19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  6. Helmeted Guineafowl              Numida meleagris       22/11/2021              Casa Msika
  7. Crested Guineafowl    Guttera pucherani       26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  8. Crested Francolin         Ortygornis sephaena  03/12/2021              Inhamatanga
  9. Blue Quail        Synoicus adansonii      04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  10. Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer  23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  11. Nightjar             Caprimulgus europaeus           01/12/2021              MPwingwe
  12. Square-tailed Nightjar              Caprimulgus fossii        26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  13. Pennant-winged Nightjar        Caprimulgus vexillarius              01/12/2021      MPwingwe
  14. Mottled Spinetail         Telacanthura ussheri  29/11/2021              MPwingwe
  15. Böhm's Spinetail          Neafrapus boehmi       28/11/2021              MPwingwe
  16. African Palm Swift        Cypsiurus parvus          25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  17. Swift     Apus apus         30/11/2021      Caia
  18. African Black Swift       Apus barbatus 22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  19. Little Swift                       Apus affinis     22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  20. White-rumped Swift   Apus caffer       22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  21. Grey Go-away-bird      Crinifer concolor          26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  22. Purple-crested Turaco              Gallirex porphyreolophus              27/11/2021      Gorongosa
  23. Livingstone's Turaco   Tauraco livingstonii     22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  24. Black-bellied Bustard  Lissotis melanogaster 26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  25. Burchell's Coucal          Centropus burchellii   22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  26. Green Malkoha             Ceuthmochares australis         28/11/2021              MPwingwe
  27. Levaillant's Cuckoo      Clamator levaillantii   23/11/2021              Chimanimani NP
  28. Jacobin Cuckoo                            Clamator jacobinus    26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  29. Diederik Cuckoo           Chrysococcyx caprius  27/11/2021              Gorongosa
  30. Klaas's Cuckoo              Chrysococcyx klaas      30/11/2021      Caia
  31. Black Cuckoo   Cuculus clamosus         01/12/2021      MPwingwe
  32. Red-chested Cuckoo   Cuculus solitarius         26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  33. Cuckoo              Cuculus canorus           25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  34. Red-eyed Dove             Streptopelia semitorquata      22/11/2021              Casa Msika
  35. Ring-necked Dove        Streptopelia capicola 20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  36. Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos      22/11/2021              Mount Tsetserra
  37. Blue-spotted Wood Dove        Turtur afer        24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  38. Tambourine Dove        Turtur tympanistria     24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  39. Namaqua Dove                            Oena capensis              26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  40. African Green Pigeon  Treron calvus  22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  41. Black Crake      Zapornia flavirostra     22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  42. Grey Crowned Crane   Balearica regulorum   26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  43. Black-rumped Buttonquail      Turnix nanus   20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  44. Water Thick-knee         Burhinus vermiculatus              25/11/2021              Casa Msika
  45. Spotted Thick-knee     Burhinus capensis        25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  46. Black-winged Stilt        Himantopus himantopus         19/11/2021              Rio Maria, Beira
  47. Long-toed Lapwing      Vanellus crassirostris  26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  48. Blacksmith Lapwing    Vanellus armatus         26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  49. Senegal Lapwing          Vanellus lugubris         26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  50. African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus             19/11/2021              Rio Maria, Beira
  51. Grey Plover      Pluvialis squatarola     04/12/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  52. Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula    19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  53. Kittlitz's Plover              Charadrius pecuarius  26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  54. Three-banded Plover  Charadrius tricollaris  25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  55. African Jacana Actophilornis africanus            19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  56. Whimbrel         Numenius phaeopus  19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  57. Bar-tailed Godwit        Limosa lapponica         04/12/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  58. Ruff      Calidris pugnax             26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  59. Curlew Sandpiper        Calidris ferruginea       04/12/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  60. Little Stint         Calidris minuta             26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  61. Great Snipe      Gallinago media           04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  62. Terek Sandpiper           Xenus cinereus              04/12/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  63. Common Sandpiper    Actitis hypoleucos       24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  64. Marsh Sandpiper         Tringa stagnatilis          19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  65. Wood Sandpiper          Tringa glareola              19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  66. Greenshank     Tringa nebularia           26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  67. Collared Pratincole      Glareola pratincola     26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  68. African Skimmer           Rynchops flavirostris   26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  69. Yellow-billed Stork      Mycteria ibis   19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  70. African Openbill                       Anastomus lamelligerus              20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  71. Woolly-necked Stork  Ciconia episcopus        19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  72. Saddle-billed Stork      Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis              26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  73. Marabou Stork              Leptoptilos crumenifer             23/11/2021              Chimoio Airport
  74. African Darter Anhinga rufa   25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  75. Reed Cormorant           Microcarbo africanus 19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  76. White-breasted Cormorant    Phalacrocorax lucidus 30/11/2021              Caia
  77. African Sacred Ibis       Threskiornis aethiopicus          19/11/2021              Rio Maria, Beira
  78. Hadada Ibis      Bostrychia hagedash   26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  79. Glossy Ibis        Plegadis falcinellus      26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  80. African Spoonbill         Platalea alba   26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  81. Little Bittern    Ixobrychus minutus     30/11/2021      Caia
  82. Night-Heron    Nycticorax nycticorax 19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  83. Striated Heron              Butorides striata           25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  84. Squacco Heron              Ardeola ralloides          30/11/2021      Caia
  85. Cattle Egret      Bubulcus ibis   19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  86. Grey Heron      Ardea cinerea 21/11/2021      Beira
  87. Black-headed Heron   Ardea melanocephala              19/11/2021              Rio Maria, Beira
  88. Goliath Heron Ardea goliath  26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  89. Purple Heron   Ardea purpurea            19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  90. Great White Egret        Ardea alba       21/11/2021      Beira
  91. Black Heron     Egretta ardesiaca         30/11/2021      Caia
  92. Little Egret        Egretta garzetta            19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  93. Hamerkop        Scopus umbretta          22/11/2021      Casa Msika
  94. Great White Pelican    Pelecanus onocrotalus             26/11/2021              Gorongosa
  95. Black-winged Kite        Elanus caeruleus          23/11/2021      Chimoio Airport
  96. African Harrier-hawk  Polyboroides typus      24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  97. Palm-nut Vulture         Gypohierax angolensis             04/12/2021              Rio Savanne, Beira
  98. Honey-Buzzard             Pernis apivorus             30/11/2021      Caia
  99. African Cuckoo-hawk  Aviceda cuculoides      25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  100. Hooded Vulture            Necrosyrtes monachus             26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  101. White-backed Vulture              Gyps africanus               26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  102. White-headed Vulture              Trigonoceps occipitalis    26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  103. Lappet-faced Vulture  Torgos tracheliotos     26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  104. Black-chested Snake Eagle      Circaetus pectoralis     20/11/2021    Rio Savanne, Beira
  105. Brown Snake Eagle      Circaetus cinereus       20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  106. Southern Banded Snake Eagle             Circaetus fasciolatus    05/12/2021      Dondo
  107. Western Banded Snake Eagle Circaetus cinerascens 30/11/2021    Caia
  108. Bateleur            Terathopius ecaudatus            26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  109. Crowned Eagle              Stephanoaetus coronatus       28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  110. Long-crested Eagle       Lophaetus occipitalis  21/11/2021      Beira
  111. Wahlberg's Eagle          Hieraaetus wahlbergi 23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  112. Booted Eagle   Hieraaetus pennatus  23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  113. Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus   22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  114. Shikra  Accipiter badius            27/11/2021      Gorongosa
  115. Little Sparrowhawk     Accipiter minullus        24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  116. African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus            20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  117. Yellow-billed Kite         Milvus aegyptius          19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  118. African Fish Eagle         Haliaeetus vocifer        22/11/2021      Casa Msika
  119. Buzzard             Buteo buteo    20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  120. African Barred Owlet  Glaucidium capense   28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  121. Southern White-faced Owl      Ptilopsis granti              26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  122. African Wood Owl        Strix woodfordii            25/11/2021    Gorongosa
  123. Speckled Mousebird   Colius striatus 22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  124. Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina     28/11/2021      MPwingwe
  125. African Hoopoe             Upupa africana             25/11/2021    Gorongosa
  126. Green Wood Hoopoe  Phoeniculus purpureus            23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  127. Common Scimitarbill  Rhinopomastus cyanomelas  23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  128. Crowned Hornbill         Lophoceros alboterminatus   25/11/2021    Casa Msika
  129. African Grey Hornbill  Lophoceros nasutus    26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  130. Trumpeter Hornbill     Bycanistes bucinator  25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  131. Lilac-breasted Roller   Coracias caudatus        22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  132. Roller   Coracias garrulus          26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  133. Broad-billed Roller      Eurystomus glaucurus               23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  134. Grey-headed Kingfisher            Halcyon leucocephala    19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  135. Brown-hooded Kingfisher        Halcyon albiventris     26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  136. Striped Kingfisher         Halcyon chelicuti         23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  137. Mangrove Kingfisher   Halcyon senegaloides 28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  138. African Pygmy Kingfisher         Ispidina picta  23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  139. Malachite Kingfisher   Corythornis cristatus   04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  140. Pied Kingfisher              Ceryle rudis      19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  141. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater        Merops hirundineus   29/11/2021    MPwingwe
  142. Little Bee-eater             Merops pusillus            27/11/2021    Nhamapaza
  143. White-fronted Bee-eater         Merops bullockoides  30/11/2021    Caia
  144. Böhm's Bee-eater         Merops boehmi            30/11/2021      Caia
  145. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater           Merops persicus           26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  146. Bee-eater          Merops apiaster           26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  147. Southern Carmine Bee-eater  Merops nubicoides     26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  148. White-eared Barbet    Stactolaema leucotis  22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  149. Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird      Pogoniulus bilineatus 30/11/2021    Caia
  150. Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus          23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  151. Lesser Honeyguide       Indicator minor             22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  152. Scaly-throated Honeyguide    Indicator variegatus    01/12/2021    MPwingwe
  153. Greater Honeyguide    Indicator indicator       25/11/2021    Gorongosa
  154. Golden-tailed Woodpecker    Campethera abingoni 24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  155. Green-backed Woodpecker    Campethera cailliautii    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  156. Bearded Woodpecker Chloropicus namaquus            23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  157. Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens           22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  158. Red-necked Falcon      Falco chicquera            21/11/2021      Chimoio
  159. African Hobby Falco cuvierii   29/11/2021      MPwingwe
  160. Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus             22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  161. Brown-necked Parrot  Poicephalus fuscicollis              29/11/2021    MPwingwe
  162. Brown-headed Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus     27/11/2021    Gorongosa
  163. African Broadbill          Smithornis capensis    28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  164. Cape Batis        Batis capensis 22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  165. Woodward's Batis        Batis fratrum   28/11/2021      MPwingwe
  166. Pale Batis          Batis soror        23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  167. Black-throated Wattle-eye      Platysteira peltata       23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  168. Grey-headed Bushshrike          Malaconotus blanchoti    25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  169. Black-fronted Bushshrike         Chlorophoneus nigrifrons    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  170. Olive Bushshrike           Chlorophoneus olivaceus        22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  171. Orange-breasted Bushshrike  Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus    28/11/2021      MPwingwe
  172. Gorgeous Bushshrike  Telophorus viridis        23/11/2021    Sussendenga
  173. Brown-crowned Tchagra          Tchagra australis          22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  174. Black-crowned Tchagra            Tchagra senegalus       22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  175. Black-backed Puffback              Dryoscopus cubla         22/11/2021    Casa Msika
  176. Tropical Boubou           Laniarius major             22/11/2021      Casa Msika
  177. Brubru Nilaus afer        23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  178. White-crested Helmetshrike   Prionops plumatus      22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  179. Retz's Helmetshrike     Prionops retzii 23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  180. Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike           Prionops scopifrons    29/11/2021      MPwingwe
  181. White-breasted Cuckooshrike              Ceblepyris pectoralis    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  182. Black Cuckooshrike      Campephaga flava       24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  183. Red-backed Shrike       Lanius collurio               26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  184. Southern Fiscal             Lanius collaris 24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  185. Black-headed Oriole   Oriolus larvatus            22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  186. African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus             22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  187. Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus              25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  188. Fork-tailed Drongo      Dicrurus adsimilis         22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  189. Common Square-tailed Drongo           Dicrurus ludwigii    24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  190. Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher        Trochocercus cyanomelas    29/11/2021      MPwingwe
  191. African Paradise Flycatcher     Terpsiphone viridis      22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  192. House Crow     Corvus splendens         20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  193. Pied Crow         Corvus albus    19/11/2021      Rio Maria, Beira
  194. White-tailed Crested Flycatcher          Elminia albonotata    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  195. Cinnamon-breasted Tit            Melaniparus pallidiventris    23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  196. Miombo Tit      Melaniparus griseiventris        24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  197. Grey Penduline Tit       Anthoscopus caroli      26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  198. Eastern Nicator             Nicator gularis               25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  199. Flappet Lark     Mirafra rufocinnamomea        26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  200. Sombre Greenbul         Andropadus importunus         30/11/2021    MPwingwe
  201. Yellow-bellied Greenbul          Chlorocichla flaviventris    22/11/2021      Casa Msika
  202. Stripe-cheeked Greenbul         Arizelocichla milanjensis    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  203. Lowland Tiny Greenbul            Phyllastrephus debilis    28/11/2021      MPwingwe
  204. Terrestrial Brownbul   Phyllastrephus terrestris          24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  205. Yellow-streaked Greenbul       Phyllastrephus flavostriatus    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  206. Dark-capped Bulbul    Pycnonotus tricolor     21/11/2021      Inchope
  207. Black Saw-wing             Psalidoprocne pristoptera       22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  208. Rock Martin     Ptyonoprogne fuligula              24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  209. Wire-tailed Swallow    Hirundo smithii             24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  210. Swallow             Hirundo rustica             20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  211. Common House Martin            Delichon urbicum        22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  212. Red-breasted Swallow              Cecropis semirufa        04/12/2021    Rio Savanne, Beira
  213. Mosque Swallow          Cecropis senegalensis 04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  214. Lesser Striped Swallow             Cecropis abyssinica     22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  215. Moustached Grass Warbler    Melocichla mentalis   26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  216. Red-faced Crombec     Sylvietta whytii             22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  217. Long-billed Crombec   Sylvietta rufescens       30/11/2021      Caia
  218. Livingstone's Flycatcher           Erythrocercus livingstonei    27/11/2021      MPwingwe
  219. Willow Warbler             Phylloscopus trochilus              22/11/2021    Casa Msika
  220. Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  221. Lesser Swamp Warbler             Acrocephalus gracilirostris    30/11/2021      Caia
  222. African Reed Warbler Acrocephalus baeticatus         30/11/2021    Caia
  223. Marsh Warbler              Acrocephalus palustris             05/12/2021    Dondo
  224. Olive-tree Warbler       Hippolais olivetorum  30/11/2021      Caia
  225. Little Rush Warbler      Bradypterus baboecala            30/11/2021    Caia
  226. Red-faced Cisticola      Cisticola erythrops       22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  227. Singing Cisticola            Cisticola cantans          22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  228. Lazy Cisticola   Cisticola aberrans        22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  229. Rattling Cisticola          Cisticola chiniana         26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  230. Rufous-winged Cisticola           Cisticola galactotes     30/11/2021    Caia
  231. Croaking Cisticola        Cisticola natalensis      04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  232. Neddicky           Cisticola fulvicapilla    25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  233. Zitting Cisticola             Cisticola juncidis          21/11/2021      Inchope
  234. Tawny-flanked Prinia  Prinia subflava              22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  235. Red-winged Prinia        Prinia erythroptera      22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  236. Roberts's Warbler        Oreophilais robertsi    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  237. Bar-throated Apalis     Apalis thoracica            22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  238. Yellow-breasted Apalis             Apalis flavida  25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  239. Black-headed Apalis    Apalis melanocephala              28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  240. Chirinda Apalis              Apalis chirindensis       22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  241. Grey-backed Camaroptera      Camaroptera brevicaudata    24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  242. Stierling's Wren-warbler          Calamonastes stierlingi    23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  243. Yellow-bellied Eremomela      Eremomela icteropygialis    23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  244. Green-capped Eremomela      Eremomela scotops     22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  245. Garden Warbler            Sylvia borin      29/11/2021      MPwingwe
  246. Southern Yellow White-eye    Zosterops anderssoni 22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  247. Arrow-marked Babbler             Turdoides jardineii      24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  248. Southern Hyliota          Hyliota australis           23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  249. African Spotted Creeper           Salpornis salvadori      22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  250. Wattled Starling           Creatophora cinerea   26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  251. Black-bellied Starling  Notopholia corusca     28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  252. Miombo Blue-eared Starling  Lamprotornis elisabeth    24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  253. Violet-backed Starling              Cinnyricinclus leucogaster    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  254. Red-winged Starling    Onychognathus morio              22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  255. Kurrichane Thrush       Turdus libonyana         22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  256. Bearded Scrub Robin  Cercotrichas quadrivirgata      25/11/2021    Gorongosa
  257. White-browed Scrub Robin     Cercotrichas leucophrys    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  258. Grey Tit-flycatcher       Myioparus plumbeus 23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  259. Southern Black Flycatcher       Melaenornis pammelaina    22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  260. Pale Flycatcher              Melaenornis pallidus  23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  261. Spotted Flycatcher       Muscicapa striata        25/11/2021    Gorongosa
  262. Ashy Flycatcher             Muscicapa caerulescens          24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  263. African Dusky Flycatcher          Muscicapa adusta        24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  264. Cape Robin-chat           Cossypha caffra            24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  265. White-browed Robin-chat       Cossypha heuglini        22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  266. White-starred Robin   Pogonocichla stellata 24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  267. East Coast Akalat          Sheppardia gunningi  28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  268. Collared Palm Thrush Cichladusa arquata     26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  269. Miombo Rock Thrush Monticola angolensis 23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  270. Plain-backed Sunbird  Anthreptes reichenowi             28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  271. Western Violet-backed Sunbird           Anthreptes longuemarei    23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  272. Collared Sunbird          Hedydipna collaris       24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  273. Olive Sunbird  Cyanomitra olivacea   22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  274. Amethyst Sunbird        Chalcomitra amethystina        22/11/2021    Casa Msika
  275. Scarlet-chested Sunbird           Chalcomitra senegalensis    30/11/2021      MPwingwe
  276. Eastern Miombo Sunbird         Cinnyris manoensis     24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  277. Purple-banded Sunbird            Cinnyris bifasciatus     25/11/2021    Casa Msika
  278. Variable Sunbird          Cinnyris venustus         22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  279. Copper Sunbird             Cinnyris cupreus           30/11/2021      Caia
  280. Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow            Gymnoris superciliaris    23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  281. Southern Grey-headed Sparrow          Passer diffusus    26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  282. House Sparrow              Passer domesticus       30/11/2021    MPwingwe
  283. Thick-billed Weaver    Amblyospiza albifrons              24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  284. Spectacled Weaver      Ploceus ocularis            24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  285. Holub's Golden Weaver           Ploceus xanthops         22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  286. Southern Brown-throated Weaver     Ploceus xanthopterus    30/11/2021      Caia
  287. Lesser Masked Weaver             Ploceus intermedius   26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  288. Southern Masked Weaver       Ploceus velatus             25/11/2021    Casa Msika
  289. Village Weaver              Ploceus cucullatus       22/11/2021      Casa Msika
  290. Dark-backed Weaver  Ploceus bicolor             22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  291. Red-headed Weaver   Anaplectes rubriceps  26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  292. Red-headed Quelea    Quelea erythrops         03/12/2021      Dondo
  293. Red-billed Quelea        Quelea quelea              23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  294. Black-winged Red Bishop         Euplectes hordeaceus    27/11/2021      Gorongosa
  295. Southern Red Bishop  Euplectes orix 30/11/2021      Caia
  296. Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis      22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  297. Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris        20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  298. White-winged Widowbird       Euplectes albonotatus    26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  299. Red-collared Widowbird          Euplectes ardens          22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  300. Bronze Mannikin          Spermestes cucullata  25/11/2021      Casa Msika
  301. Red-backed Mannikin               Spermestes nigriceps  23/11/2021    Sussendenga
  302. Green Twinspot            Mandingoa nitidula    29/11/2021    MPwingwe
  303. Grey Waxbill    Glaucestrilda perreini 22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  304. Common Waxbill          Estrilda astrild 25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  305. Quailfinch         Ortygospiza atricollis  20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  306. Locust Finch     Paludipasser locustella             04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  307. Orange-breasted Waxbill         Amandava subflava    30/11/2021    Caia
  308. Blue Waxbill    Uraeginthus angolensis            26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  309. Lesser Seedcracker       Pyrenestes minor         05/12/2021      Dondo
  310. Green-winged Pytilia  Pytilia melba   26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  311. Orange-winged Pytilia              Pytilia afra        02/12/2021    MPwingwe
  312. Red-throated Twinspot            Hypargos niveoguttatus    24/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  313. Red-billed Firefinch     Lagonosticta senegala              24/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  314. African Firefinch           Lagonosticta rubricata              22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  315. Jameson's Firefinch     Lagonosticta rhodopareia       03/12/2021    Dondo
  316. Village Indigobird         Vidua chalybeata         26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  317. Pin-tailed Whydah       Vidua macroura            26/11/2021    Gorongosa
  318. Long-tailed Paradise Whydah               Vidua paradisaea    26/11/2021      Gorongosa
  319. Cuckoo-finch   Anomalospiza imberbis           04/12/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  320. Western Yellow Wagtail           Motacilla flava              30/11/2021    Caia
  321. African Pied Wagtail    Motacilla aguimp         21/11/2021      Beira
  322. Yellow-throated Longclaw      Macronyx croceus        20/11/2021    Rio Savanne, Beira
  323. African Pipit     Anthus cinnamomeus 20/11/2021      Rio Savanne, Beira
  324. Wood Pipit       Anthus nyassae             23/11/2021      Chimanimani NP
  325. Plain-backed Pipit        Anthus leucophrys       28/11/2021    MPwingwe
  326. Striped Pipit     Anthus lineiventris      22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  327. Yellow-fronted Canary              Crithagra mozambica 22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  328. Black-eared Seedeater              Crithagra mennelli       23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP
  329. Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  Emberiza tahapisi        22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  330. Golden-breasted Bunting        Emberiza flaviventris  22/11/2021    Mount Tsetserra
  331. Cabanis's Bunting         Emberiza cabanisi        23/11/2021    Chimanimani NP


  1. African Savanna Elephant       Loxodonta africana     25/11/2021              Gorongosa
  2. Thick-tailed Greater Galago    Otolemur crassicaudatus              26/12/2021      Gorongosa
  3. Yellow Baboon              Papio cyanocephalus  21/11/2021      Msika
  4. Vervet Monkey             Chlorocebus pygerythrus         22/11/2021              Mount Tsetserra
  5. Blue Monkey   Cercopithecus mitis     22/11/2021      Mount Tsetserra
  6. Cape Hare        Lepus capensis              27/11/2021      M'Phingwe
  7. Cape Porcupine            Hystrix africaeaustralis             26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  8. Smith's Bush Squirrel  Paraxerus cepapi          23/11/2021              Chimanimani
  9. Common Hippopotamus         Hippopotamus amphibius              26/12/2021      Gorongosa
  10. Nyala   Tragelaphus angasii    25/11/2021      Gorongosa
  11. Cape Bushbuck             Tragelaphus sylvaticus             26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  12. Zambezi Kudu Strepsiceros zambesiensis       26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  13. Coastal Suni     Neotragus moschatus 27/11/2021      M'Phingwe
  14. Common Impala           Aepyceros melampus 21/11/2021      Msika
  15. Southern Oribi              Ourebia ourebi             26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  16. Ellipsen Waterbuck     Kobus ellipsiprymnus 25/11/2021              Gorongosa
  17. Lichtenstein's Hartebeest        Alcelaphus lichtensteinii              26/12/2021      Gorongosa
  18. Blue Wildebeest           Connochaetes taurinus            25/11/2021              Msika
  19. Natal Red Duiker          Cephalophus natalensis           23/11/2021              Chimanimani
  20. Common Warthog       Phacochoerus africanus           01/12/2021              M'Phingwe
  21. Rusty-spotted Genet   Genetta maculata        26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  22. African Civet    Civettictis civetta         26/12/2021      Gorongosa
  23. Common Slender Mongoose  Herpestes sanguineus 24/11/2021              Mount Tsetserra
  24. Marsh Mongoose         Atilax paludinosus       26/12/2021              Gorongosa
  25. Banded Mongoose      Mungos mungo            26/12/2021              Gorongosa