These majestic birds are always a treat to see, especially since they are not all that common to see in the parks. We have summed up the sightings from January 2021 – June 2022 to give you the best chance at spotting the Secretary birds and Kori bustards in Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
We have compiled the total sightings for both these birds in Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg Game Reserve. In total, our community has sent in 105 kori bustard sightings from January 2021 to June 2022. Secretary bird sightings from January 2021 to June 2022 totaled 124 sightings.
About the Kori Bustard
The kori bustard is known as one of the world’s heaviest flying birds. They can reach a height of 1.5 meters (5 feet) and weigh up to 19 kilograms (41 pounds). They are very versatile feeders, hunting insects, reptiles, and small mammals – but also feed on seeds, and tree gum and may even scavenge on carcasses. These incredible birds possess massive territories throughout the year but are common to see wandering especially after veld fires. As this brings an abundance of food sources, such as carrion and exposed animals.
About the Secretary Bird
Secretary birds are extraordinary birds of prey, hunting anything from rodents and snakes to small mammals. Many know these birds for vigorously stamping on their victims – especially reptiles who try to escape, such as snakes. Secretary birds are very territorial but will move away if potential threats are too great a risk, however, they have been known to stand their ground.
Where to find Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards in Kruger
In the Northern areas of Kruger from Olifants up to Pafuri, most of our tings of both these species were reported on the main roads which include the H1-5 up to the H1-8.
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In the central part of the park from Skukuza to Olifants kori bustard sightings have been reported near Satara, along the H1-4, H7, and H6. The secretary bird has been tinged on the H1-3 near Tshokwane.
In the South of the park, the kori bustard and secretary birds are predominately spotted along the S28, S25, and S137 as well as around Crocodile Bridge Gate and around Lower Sabie. Interestingly from Malelane to Skukuza along the H3, we only received secretary bird sightings. We haven’t received kori bustard sightings in the western part of the park and this may be because they don’t occur in dense woody areas.
Our statistics indicate that these two majestic birds are seen more predominantly in the South of Kruger from Satara to Crocodile Bridge, as opposed to the North. Over the years, we have noticed that our community tends to venture and ting more in the South, as opposed to the North of Kruger which is why there may be more sightings of these birds.
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Where to find Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards in Pilanesberg
Our sighting summary from Pilanesberg indicates more kori bustard and secretary bird sightings in the center of the park, as opposed to the outer edges. Keep your eyes open as they do occur throughout the park. However, they are less common in the western woody areas. To see secretary birds try these roads: Hippo Loop, Mankwe Way, and Ntshwe Drive. Mankwe Dam and along Tlou Drive will give you a good chance at spotting kori bustards. Again – this does not indicate their only territories. This is merely a reflection of the areas our tingers tend to venture about in Pilanesberg.
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