Anyone who is interested in birds and has been to Zimbabwe for that reason, must surely have visited Seldomseen. This is an area famous not only for its birds and scenery, but also for the incredible enthusiasm of its local guides. First there was Peter, who first showed me Swynnerton’s Robin and my first Flufftail in 2011. He has now retired and his place taken by the ever enthusiastic Bulawezi, known to his friends as Bully.
He was on hand to meet us when we arrived after an uneventful journey from Chimanimani. He soon showed us round the gardens pointing out Collared, Olive and Bronzy Sunbirds, Chirinda Apalis, Purple Crested Turaco, Red-faced Crimsonwing, White-browed Robin Chat and Swynnerton’s Robin. Failure to see what he was pointing at would cause him to become highly frustrated and he would desperately encourage his audience to open their eyes and LOOK!
We visited some nearby cliffs in the evening to see the Scarce Swifts coming in to roost and were not disappointed. They came and circled above us, accompanied by two Augur Buzzards – a great sight! In her enjoyment, Alice lost her favourite glasses and despite many return trips to the site and detailed searching around, including in our vehicle, they could not be found. (It was a week later that Renee spotted something glistening under the front seat, and there they were!)
We encountered our first guti (thick mist) in the Bvumba, as the area is known, and we were grateful for warm fires in our accommodation, as it became quite cold.
To be continued….