Peter and Diane
We got home yesterday morning after 24 hours travelling including the 11.5 hour overnight flight from Johannesburg! This is just a quick note to say a huge thank to you and the Safariwise team for organising a great trip for us. A special thanks of course must go to Jakes who did a terrific job for us – please pass this on as I do not have an email address for him. We saw some great birds and many other things and we would have missed a lot of them but for Jakes’s sharp eyes and knowing what anything seen might be. Thank you too for my birthday presents. In the next week or so I will try to produce a proper “Bird Report” but the total looks like a little over 260 bird species of which about 90 were completely new for us – slightly more for Diane and the total may get revised a little when I determine which species have different names in southern Africa compared to eastern! The “odd ones” included the Long-legged Buzzard which I will contact Dayne about specifically – he knows it is coming – and we saw a Grey Kestrel well south of the usual range (Toko Lodge) and a ringed Blue Crane in Etosha as well. I don’t think there were any other “rarities” but again will check over the next week or so. After next week too I shall supposedly have more time as I am retiring late next week! So, again many thanks to Jakes and all and I will be in touch again with some proper notes before long.