The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve is home to over 250 species of birds. This tropical paradise lies on the border of South Africa and Mocambique in the extreme north of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is one of South Africa’s most pristine lake system.
- Here you will hear one of Africa’s most recognisable sounds – the plaintive cry of the Fish Eagle.
The African Fish Eagle is a large species of eagle found all over sub Saharan Africa, where there are large bodies of water to be found. The Fish Eagle has distinctive black, brown and white plumage and is normally spotted perched in the top of a high tree surveying its territory. So well-known is the cry of this bird that it is often called the “Voice of Africa.
- The Palmnut Vulture is one of South Africa’s rarest raptors
Unusually for a bird of prey it feeds mainly on the fruit of the African oil palm, though it also feeds on crabs, molluscs and fish. It breeds in forests and savannahs across sub-Saharan Africa, usually near water and near to African oil palms. It is quite approachable and can be seen near habitation. Its plumage is unmistakeable, all white except for black around the wings with a red patch around the eyes.
- The Whitebacked Night Heron is mainly nocturnal and very shy
The Whitebacked Night Heron has a sharp toad-like call when disturbed and often utters croaks and growls, but usually this species is silent. The most unusual feature this bird has is its large eyes surround by a patch of bare skin, coloured from white to pale greenish yellow.
Kingfishers consist of a large group of small to medium, brightly coloured birds. Kingfishers cover a wide range of habitats. Because of their name they are often associated with rivers and lakes, but over half the world’s species are found in forests and forested streams, agricultural areas, as well as parks and gardens in town’s .Kingfishers usually hunt from an exposed perch. When their prey found, the kingfisher swoops down to snatch it, then returns to the perch to eat.