Pilansberg Game Reserve (and National Park) lies just 1.5-2hrs drive west of Johannesburg/Pretoria and has received some measure of fame through the bordering Sun City and Lost City (luxury casino, golf and resort complexes). But it is also a rather nice big-game area within easy reach of Gauteng (the province in which Johannesburg is situated). So, besides the lions, elephants, rhinos, antelope and other big-and-hairies, it is ecologically interesting, lying in an interim zone between the dryer Kalahari savannas, and the moister Lowveld Bushveld and, anywhere where you get an inter-grade between two systems, you are likely to get interesting mixtures of the communities from both. And exactly this makes birding in the Pilansberg National Park region so interesting.
All photos taken with a Swarovski Spotting Scope STM80 HD, TLS800 adapter and a Nikon D300s DSLR.
Out of sheer laziness I have not cropped or edited any of the photos.
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