Start of rain shadow route

The Rain Shadow Birding Route, as its name implies, is very dry compared to the Woodbush Forest and Magoebaskloof Birders Cottage only about 15km to the north east. I have assigned the beginning of the route as the point where the Annies Fortune road drops down in the dry Ga-Molepo region. The end of the route is where it joins the R71. The route runs through mostly commercial cattle farming area. The route passes an interesting Prickly Pear plantation, reinforcing the dryness of the area. The vegetation is acacia thornveld. In winter, the flowering aloes provide lots of colour.

The route covers part of the SABAP2 pentad 2355_2950 wherein 212 bird species have been recorded over the years.

My suggestion for birding is that you drive slowly until you hear a bird calling. Stop, park on the side of the road and walk up and down the road. Please do not go through fences to follow a bird! You might be approached by a farmer checking up on a strange car. This is a public, road so birders are well within their rights to use the road. The rain shadow birding route

Beginning of Rain Shadow Route
The start of the Rain Shadow Birding Route.
Aloes and acacia thorn.typical of the area.

This birdlist below is taken from the SABAP2 website for pentad 2355_2950

 RefCommon groupCommon speciesGenusSpecies
1622ApalisBar-throatedApalisthoracica
2625ApalisYellow-breastedApalisflavida
3533BabblerArrow-markedTurdoidesjardineii
4432BarbetAcacia PiedTricholaemaleucomelas
5431BarbetBlack-collaredLybiustorquatus
6439BarbetCrestedTrachyphonusvaillantii
7672BatisCapeBatiscapensis
8673BatisChinspotBatismolitor
9404Bee-eaterEuropeanMeropsapiaster
10410Bee-eaterLittleMeropspusillus
11808BishopSouthern RedEuplectesorix
12810BishopYellowEuplectescapensis
13709BoubouSouthernLaniariusferrugineus
14546BrownbulTerrestrialPhyllastrephusterrestris
15731BrubruBrubruNilausafer
16545BulbulDark-cappedPycnonotustricolor
17872BuntingCinnamon-breastedEmberizatahapisi
18874BuntingGolden-breastedEmberizaflaviventris
19720Bush-shrikeBlack-frontedTelophorusnigrifrons
20721Bush-shrikeGorgeousTelophorusquadricolor
21723Bush-shrikeGrey-headedMalaconotusblanchoti
22717Bush-shrikeOliveTelophorusolivaceus
23719Bush-shrikeOrange-breastedTelophorussulfureopectus
24155BuzzardForestButeotrizonatus
25152BuzzardJackalButeorufofuscus
26144BuzzardLizardKaupifalcomonogrammicus
27154BuzzardSteppeButeovulpinus
28627CamaropteraGreen-backedCamaropterabrachyura
29628CamaropteraGrey-backedCamaropterabrevicaudata
30863CanaryBrimstoneCrithagrasulphuratus
31857CanaryCapeSerinuscanicollis
32866CanaryYellowCrithagraflaviventris
33859CanaryYellow-frontedCrithagramozambicus
34570ChatFamiliarCercomelafamiliaris
35647CisticolaCroakingCisticolanatalensis
36648CisticolaLazyCisticolaaberrans
37646CisticolaLevaillant’sCisticolatinniens
38642CisticolaRattlingCisticolachiniana
39644CisticolaRed-facedCisticolaerythrops
40639CisticolaWailingCisticolalais
41629CisticolaZittingCisticolajuncidis
42212CootRed-knobbedFulicacristata
4350CormorantReedPhalacrocoraxafricanus
444131CoucalBurchell’sCentropusburchellii
45203CrakeBlackAmaurornisflavirostris
46621CrombecLong-billedSylviettarufescens
47522CrowPiedCorvusalbus
48341CuckooAfricanCuculusgularis
49344CuckooBlackCuculusclamosus
50352CuckooDiderickChrysococcyxcaprius
51348CuckooJacobinClamatorjacobinus
52351CuckooKlaas’sChrysococcyxklaas
53347CuckooLevaillant’sClamatorlevaillantii
54343CuckooRed-chestedCuculussolitarius
55513Cuckoo-shrikeBlackCampephagaflava
56317DoveLaughingStreptopeliasenegalensis
57314DoveRed-eyedStreptopeliasemitorquata
58940DoveRockColumbalivia
59319DoveTambourineTurturtympanistria
60517DrongoFork-tailedDicrurusadsimilis
61143EagleAfrican CrownedStephanoaetuscoronatus
62138EagleLong-crestedLophaetusoccipitalis
63134EagleTawnyAquilarapax
64368Eagle-owlSpottedBuboafricanus
6561EgretCattleBubulcusibis
66601EremomelaBurnt-neckedEremomelausticollis
67114FalconLannerFalcobiarmicus
68833FirefinchAfricanLagonostictarubricata
69835FirefinchJameson’sLagonostictarhodopareia
70837FirefinchRed-billedLagonostictasenegala
71707FiscalCommon (Southern)Laniuscollaris
72149Fish-eagleAfricanHaliaeetusvocifer
73655FlycatcherAfrican DuskyMuscicapaadusta
74665FlycatcherFiscalSigelussilens
75661FlycatcherMaricoBradornismariquensis
76662FlycatcherPaleBradornispallidus
77664FlycatcherSouthern BlackMelaenornispammelaina
78654FlycatcherSpottedMuscicapastriata
79174FrancolinCrestedDendroperdixsephaena
80177FrancolinShelley’sScleroptilashelleyi
81339Go-away-birdGreyCorythaixoidesconcolor
8289GooseEgyptianAlopochenaegyptiacus
83618GrassbirdCapeSphenoeacusafer
84551GreenbulSombreAndropadusimportunus
85550GreenbulYellow-belliedChlorocichlaflaviventris
86547GreenbulYellow-streakedPhyllastrephusflavostriatus
87192GuineafowlHelmetedNumidameleagris
8872HamerkopHamerkopScopusumbretta
89171Harrier-HawkAfricanPolyboroidestypus
90141Hawk-eagleAfricanAquilaspilogaster
9155HeronBlack-headedArdeamelanocephala
92115HobbyEurasianFalcosubbuteo
93440HoneyguideGreaterIndicatorindicator
94442HoneyguideLesserIndicatorminor
95441HoneyguideScaly-throatedIndicatorvariegatus
96418HoopoeAfricanUpupaafricana
97426HornbillSouthern Yellow-billedTockusleucomelas
98507House-martinCommonDelichonurbicum
9984IbisHadedaBostrychiahagedash
100849IndigobirdDuskyViduafunerea
101851IndigobirdVillageViduachalybeata
102123KestrelRockFalcorupicolus
103402KingfisherBrown-hoodedHalcyonalbiventris
104130KiteBlack-shoulderedElanuscaeruleus
105129KiteYellow-billedMilvusaegyptius
106458LarkRufous-napedMirafraafricana
107703LongclawCapeMacronyxcapensis
108823MannikinBronzeSpermestescucullatus
109506MartinRockHirundofuligula
110803Masked-weaverSouthernPloceusvelatus
111392MousebirdRed-facedUrocoliusindicus
112390MousebirdSpeckledColiusstriatus
113734MynaCommonAcridotherestristis
114637NeddickyNeddickyCisticolafulvicapilla
115373NightjarFiery-neckedCaprimulguspectoralis
116372NightjarRufous-cheekedCaprimulgusrufigena
117312Olive-pigeonAfricanColumbaarquatrix
118521OrioleBlack-headedOrioluslarvatus
119359OwlBarnTytoalba
120748OxpeckerRed-billedBuphaguserythrorhynchus
121387Palm-swiftAfricanCypsiurusparvus
122682Paradise-flycatcherAfricanTerpsiphoneviridis
123852Paradise-whydahLong-tailedViduaparadisaea
124531Penduline-titCapeAnthoscopusminutus
125311PigeonSpeckledColumbaguinea
126692PipitAfricanAnthuscinnamomeus
127699PipitBushveldAnthuscaffer
12810877PipitNicholson’sAnthusnicholsoni
129696PipitStripedAnthuslineiventris
130650PriniaBlack-chestedPriniaflavicans
1311049PriniaDrakensbergPriniahypoxantha
132649PriniaTawny-flankedPriniasubflava
133712PuffbackBlack-backedDryoscopuscubla
134830PytiliaGreen-wingedPytiliamelba
135805QueleaRed-billedQueleaquelea
136524RavenWhite-neckedCorvusalbicollis
137603Reed-warblerGreatAcrocephalusarundinaceus
138589RobinWhite-starredPogonocichlastellata
139581Robin-chatCapeCossyphacaffra
140579Robin-chatRed-cappedCossyphanatalensis
141580Robin-chatWhite-browedCossyphaheuglini
142582Robin-chatWhite-throatedCossyphahumeralis
143412RollerEuropeanCoraciasgarrulus
144511Saw-wingBlack (Southern race)Psalidoprocneholomelaena
145421ScimitarbillCommonRhinopomastuscyanomelas
146586Scrub-robinKalahariCercotrichaspaena
147588Scrub-robinWhite-browedCercotrichasleucophrys
148867SeedeaterStreaky-headedCrithagragularis
149711ShrikeCrimson-breastedLaniariusatrococcineus
150706ShrikeLesser GreyLaniusminor
151708ShrikeRed-backedLaniuscollurio
152146Snake-eagleBlack-chestedCircaetuspectoralis
153786SparrowCapePassermelanurus
154784SparrowHousePasserdomesticus
1554142SparrowSouthern Grey-headedPasserdiffusus
156780Sparrow-weaverWhite-browedPlocepassermahali
157159SparrowhawkBlackAccipitermelanoleucus
158183SpurfowlNatalPternistisnatalensis
159185SpurfowlSwainson’sPternistisswainsonii
160737StarlingCape GlossyLamprotornisnitens
161745StarlingRed-wingedOnychognathusmorio
162736StarlingViolet-backedCinnyricinclusleucogaster
163576StonechatAfricanSaxicolatorquatus
16477StorkWoolly-neckedCiconiaepiscopus
165772SunbirdAmethystChalcomitraamethystina
166771SunbirdCollaredHedydipnacollaris
167758SunbirdGreater Double-collaredCinnyrisafer
168755SunbirdMaricoCinnyrismariquensis
169760SunbirdSouthern Double-collaredCinnyrischalybeus
170763SunbirdWhite-belliedCinnyristalatala
171493SwallowBarnHirundorustica
172502SwallowGreater StripedHirundocucullata
173503SwallowLesser StripedHirundoabyssinica
174498SwallowPearl-breastedHirundodimidiata
175495SwallowWhite-throatedHirundoalbigularis
176380SwiftAfrican BlackApusbarbatus
177383SwiftWhite-rumpedApuscaffer
178715TchagraBlack-crownedTchagrasenegalus
179714TchagraBrown-crownedTchagraaustralis
180275Thick-kneeSpottedBurhinuscapensis
1811104ThrushKarooTurdussmithi
182552ThrushKurrichaneTurduslibonyanus
183437TinkerbirdYellow-frontedPogoniuluschrysoconus
184527TitSouthern BlackParusniger
185658Tit-babblerChestnut-ventedParisomasubcaeruleum
186393TrogonNarinaApalodermanarina
1874133TuracoKnysnaTauracocorythaix
188337TuracoPurple-crestedGallirexporphyreolophus
189316Turtle-doveCapeStreptopeliacapicola
190686WagtailCapeMotacillacapensis
191610WarblerBarratt’sBradypterusbarratti
192666WarblerDark-capped YellowChloropetanatalensis
193595WarblerGardenSylviaborin
194607WarblerMarshAcrocephaluspalustris
195597WarblerOlive-treeHippolaisolivetorum
196599WarblerWillowPhylloscopustrochilus
197841WaxbillBlack-facedEstrildaerythronotos
198839WaxbillBlueUraeginthusangolensis
199843WaxbillCommonEstrildaastrild
200838WaxbillOrange-breastedAmandavasubflava
201825WaxbillSweeCoccopygiamelanotis
202840WaxbillViolet-earedGranatinagranatina
203799WeaverCapePloceuscapensis
204801WeaverGoldenPloceusxanthops
205791WeaverSpectacledPloceusocularis
206797WeaverVillagePloceuscucullatus
2071172White-eyeCapeZosteropsvirens
208846WhydahPin-tailedViduamacroura
209847WhydahShaft-tailedViduaregia
210813WidowbirdRed-collaredEuplectesardens
211814WidowbirdWhite-wingedEuplectesalbonotatus
212320Wood-doveBlue-spottedTurturafer
213321Wood-doveEmerald-spottedTurturchalcospilos
214419Wood-hoopoeGreenPhoeniculuspurpureus
215362Wood-owlAfricanStrixwoodfordii
216450WoodpeckerCardinalDendropicosfuscescens
217447WoodpeckerGolden-tailedCampetheraabingoni
218452WoodpeckerOliveDendropicosgriseocephalus
219453WryneckRed-throatedJynxruficollis

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