North West – Chaneng sandgrouse fields
About the Birding
Chaneng sandgrouse fields:
This area describes the agricultural fields between the villages of Chaneng and Ga-Luka, south of Sun City which have proven reliable areas to find the scarce Yellow-throated Sandgrouse. In particular we’ll focus our efforts on this road: 25°26’51.0″S 27°08’19.3″E, or -25.447512, 27.138700. Note that these are nomadic birds, and move around widely in response to conditions, and it is worth checking in with various Gauteng birding groups to see where these birds are currently active.
About the Birding Site
Situated just north of the Magaliesberg Mountain range, the large town of Rustenburg is a perfect base to cover a number of sites that lie just to its north. A wide variety of excellent birds and birding is possible in this area, with extremely productive dry acacia thornveld dominating the region, however mixed woodland, open grasslands, agricultural fields and rich dams all add further diversity and boost the birdlife.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The routes described above are all off public gravel/tar roads. The roads are regularly maintained and a small sedan vehicle is sufficient to cover the area. Most of the land, away from the roads is private, and please seek permission before venturing off the road.
This is a very birdy area, and a high daily total can be expected. This area is regularly incorporated into routes for various teams in their Birding Big Day attempts.