Birding: Narina Trojon at Settlers Drift Safari Lodge

08Dec
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Settlers Drift is a five-star safari lodge with only nine private tented suites. Most safari suites are located in the riverine forest and are popular places to spot the exquisitely beautiful but shy bird called the Narina trojon.

Settlers Drift Safari Lodge is a popular habitat for the Narina trojon

The Narina trojon was named after Narina, the beautiful Khoikhoi (Hottentot) mistress of a French ornithologist in the 18th century. Although reasonably common and despite it’s bright colours, it can be easily overlooked because it often sits very still only occasionally moving it’s head side to side and up and down, looking for prey.

Narina trojon’s exquisite flash of colour gave it away

On a recent stay at the lodge I was disappointed that I had not yet spotted the Narina trojon. Determined not to miss out I prepared for one last search. Opening the door to suite two, I was caught off guard by a sudden explosion of colour and flurry of wings. I froze, peering into the forest. No more than two meters away sat the beautiful Narina trojon. Bigger than I expected at 34 cm from head to tail, it was a sight to behold – never to be forgotten.

Email lindy@ kariega.co.za if you were lucky enough to spot the Narina trojon at Settlers Drift Safari Lodge. I would love to hear your story. 

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