Amazing moment as the Amur Falcon is spotted at Likweti for the first time

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Lowveld region, Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate stands as a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers alike. Recently, our estate received a remarkable visitor, marking a significant milestone in our ongoing exploration of the region’s diverse avian population: the Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis).

The sighting of the Amur Falcon on our estate was a momentous occasion, made possible by the keen eye of renowned international bird guide, Marc Cronje, during one of his captivating bird walks at the estate. This remarkable raptor’s sighting was a lifer for most of the group of birdwatchers, adding an extra layer of excitement to the encounter.

So, what brings the Amur Falcon to Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate, particularly during this season as we transition into autumn in the southern hemisphere? Known for their remarkable migratory patterns, Amur Falcons undertake one of the longest migrations of any bird of prey, traveling from their breeding grounds in eastern Asia to their wintering grounds in southern Africa, including South Africa. Therefore, the timing of their arrival at our estate suggests they are in the midst of their migratory journey, seeking suitable stopover sites and feeding grounds to refuel for their onward journey.

Amur Falcon

As autumn sets in, Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate becomes an oasis for migratory birds, offering abundant food resources and favorable habitat conditions. The estate’s diverse landscape, comprising savannah, woodlands, and water bodies, provides an ideal stopover for these magnificent falcons, offering ample opportunities for hunting insects and small birds.

While the Amur Falcon’s presence may be transient as they continue their remarkable journey, their visit serves as a testament to the estate’s rich biodiversity and its significance as a crucial habitat for migratory birds. Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate stands as a sanctuary not only for the Amur Falcon but for a myriad of bird species, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

This recent sighting of the Amur Falcon at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate highlights the estate’s status as a hotspot for avian diversity and underscores the importance of preserving and protecting such precious habitats.

Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher or simply appreciate the wonders of nature, Likweti offers an unparalleled living experience surrounded by the beauty and splendor of South Africa’s Lowveld wildlife. Come, immerse yourself in the symphony of bird calls and embark on a journey of discovery in our breathtaking natural sanctuary.

View our full bird list.

Latest Posts