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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on My Top 7 Migrant Birds Returning this Summer

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I can’t wait tonhear the first Woidlands Kingfisher. The red chested Cuckoo live in my garden and give us a wakeup call at 3am every morning. Love the call but someone’s got to tell that bird that it is still dark outside.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a birder’s paradise! Thank you for the lovely images!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Chris, wishing you happy birding over the next few months. I’ve only seen one of these birds, the European bee eater……..hopefully next trip I’ll see a few more!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

So very many beautifully colorful birds … we don’t believe that enough guests truly appreciate what a bountiful aviary destination Londolozi really is!

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Chris, I love birds too – but most of the people I am with cannot be concerned with birds of any kind!

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Beautiful photos and I love the description of each bird! Good luck, Chris!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Super photos. I think if you want to watch birds it is better to try for a sole use vehicle .

Paul Da Cruz
Explorer

Hi Chris
I loved your post as this is something I wait the whole year and especially the whole winter for. Migrant arrivals bring me such joy; life and summer comes alive again, as usually their arrival is heralded by the rains arriving too! I would have added one – the Woodland Kingfisher. I know that they are common in the Lowveld but is there another bird that is so evocative of summer in the bush? Your other two kingfishers are very special though – I’m with you waiting on seeing the Grey-headed Kingfisher – yet to record one for ages… 🙂

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Love the bee-eater.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I love these birds!!! The pygmy kingfisher is the only one I still need to see myself! Though I’d have to say my favourite migrant bird would have to the woodland kingfisher, with the Amur falcon, carmine bee-eater and red-chested cuckoo close behind.

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