Day 1 - Johannesburg Airport to Windhoek:
As we had 8 hours to kill in Jo'burg Airport, I thought it would be a good idea to sit by a window and do some airport birding! I had anticipated a few gulls, maybe some hirundines, but nothing much, and that was what we got.
We saw the occasional gull fly past, and I was able to identify them as Grey-headed Gull from their distribution. First African bird! First lifer on the trip of a lifetime! Also a wagtail that could've been a Grey Wagtail or a juvenile African Pied, so no confident ID there.
I did strike luck when on the plane at the airport ready to go at dusk, I spotted 2 smallish dark birds on the concrete. I quickly got my bins and field guide out and told Pat (my grandma), who suggested that I should look up 'myna'. So I did, and they were Common Myna - it was awful light but that's definitely what they were! So I got an extra tick because they're not in Namibia!
I'm glad I sat in the window seat, not only because of the mynas, but also the beautiful sunset was mesmerising.
(Sorry about the lack of photos thus far, there are many to come in my next posts)
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.