South-eastern Wetlands and Grasslands – Bullfrog Pan
About the Birding
Upon arrival make sure to park your vehicle at the sign board before proceeding for a short walk into the reserve. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the likes of Cape Longclaw, Long-tailed Widowbird, and Zitting Cisticola dancing above the grass. Once approaching the reedbeds birders should be welcomed by a hive of activity, not least of which includes Southern Red and Yellow-crowned Bishop, Southern Masked Weaver and Tawny-flanked Prinia.
About the Birding Site
A large pan situated on a 40ha reserve which plays host to a typical highveld grassland setting within a relatively concentrated area situated in the confines of the outer city limits. What makes it convenient is its proximity to one of the country’s largest International airports, O.R. Tambo International Airport, which means that birders either in transit or birders who have limited time to spend birding during a visit to Johannesburg, can easily pop into the reserve and bird the pan for a great introduction into highveld grassland and wetland birding.
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Access and facilities:
This is an absolutely fantastic location for photographers and some local birders often refer to it as the “miniature Marievale”. Although not as big, the photographic opportunities to those who show patience are trumped by few. There are no toilet facilities here, nor are there any picnic facilities, but if one were to take a picnic blanket and basket and choose a nice dry patch to sit quietly and enjoy the avian spectacle, then it would most certainly be an enjoyable experience.