Lowveld – Steiltes Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Around the main entrance and car park of to this small but unique reserve birds that are often easily found include Bronze Mannikin, Cape Robin-Chat, Purple-crested Turaco, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Kurrichane Thrush, African Palm Swift, African Dusky Flycatcher while the small stream occasionally holds Mountain Wagtail.
Bare rocky areas and associated belts of vegetation as well as the central rocky massif are home to Striped Pipit throughout the year and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting invades during summer while the bare rocks themselves and hold roosting Freckled Nightjar which are best sought before dawn or as the sun sets.
About the Birding Site
A small and relatively unknown gem of a reserve, the Steiltes nature reserve offers a series of relatively short looped walking trails draped around one of the large granite koppies found in the leafy suburb of Steiltes. Habitats include a small area of canopy forest as well as open broad-leafed woodland, bare rocky patches and a great view over the nearby Shandon Eco-estate from a picturesque ridgeline. In terms of birding, the reserve boasts a rather impressive list of arboreal Lowveld species, a few top-quality forest specials, and a fairly good record for locally unusual species, especially during winter when altitudinal migrants can occur at any time. Overall, for its diminutive size and relatively easy access Steiltes Nature Reserve, holding a list of over 150 recorded species, is a fantastic birding destination with undoubtedly more still to be discovered.
Other Related Information
The reserve is accessed off of Melkweg Street in Nelspruit. The reserve is open from 06h00 in summer and there is no charge to enter the reserve.
GPS: -25.497, 31.009
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