Some of the Bird Species that are commonly seen near Rust de Winter Dam and on the Banks of the Elands River @ Zenzele:


Goliath Heron, Squacco Heron, Black Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Green-backed Heron, Little Bittern, Comb Duck, White-backed Duck, Maccoa Duck, African Pygmy-Goose, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Red-footed Falcon, Coqui Francolin, Shelley's Francolin, Red-crested Korhaan, Northern Black Korhaan, White-bellied Korhaan, Greater Painted-snipe, Water Thick-knee, African Cuckoo, Striped Kingfisher, Purple Roller, Bennett's Woodpecker, Flappet Lark, Sand Martin, Ashy Tit, Cape Penduline-Tit, Southern Pied Babbler, Barred Wren-Warbler, Fairy Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, Striped Pipit, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Wattled Starling, Burchell's Starling, Great Sparrow, Yellow-throated Petronia, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver and Golden-breasted Bunting


Zenzele next to Rust de Winter Nature Reserve is a good area to find a range of the common thornveld and broadleaved woodland birds that occur around Pretoria South Africa. The dam attracts large numbers of interesting waterbirds and other species. Around 400 species have been recorded at Rust de Winter Nature Reserve, and a summer visit could produce 150 species, while in winter around 100 can be expected.


Rust de Winter is renowned for its raptors, regular sightings of the African Fish Eagle, Brown and White Fronted Snake Eagles, African Hawk Eagles and Osprey occur. Night drives can be organized with the possibility of owls and nightjars species including Fiery Cheeked and European Nightjar, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Southern White-faced Skops-Owl and, occasionally the Giant Eagle Owls.

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The most important factor to Rust de Winter's wide variety of birdlife, is the variety of habitats. These include excellent broadleaved woodland, rocky woodland slopes, alluvial acacia veld, mixed woodland, riverine forest, the dam wall and surroundings, open water, marshy area at the inlet, and areas of grassland when the water level drops. The transition between habitats is interesting when driving along the shore, and gradually changes from broadleaved to mixed woodland, and eventually acacia at the bottom.


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