Africa Bird Shooting
Africa is gifted with a tremendous variety of wild bird shooting species to hunt, in amongst some of the most unique and incredible habitat and landscapes on the planet.
Each species offers a different shooting experience; from walked-up Quail and flighting Doves to spectacular, high speeds, descending flocks of Sandgrouse to watering areas.
Harlequin Quail (Coturnix delegorguei)
Kurrichane Button Quail (Turnix sylvaticus)
Red-billed Francolin (Pternistis adspersus)
Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Speckled African Rock Pigeon (Columba guinea)
Burchell's Sandgrouse (Pterocles burchelli)
Double banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus)
Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua)
Harvested birds are then freshly prepared and cooked in camp and cooked over hot coals for lunch or dinner - if there is surplus meat for the camps requirements this is then given to the villagers or school.
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AFRICAN SANDGROUSE SHOOTING
Bird shooting in Africa is often best planned as part of a photographic or hunting safari, but itineraries exclusively for bird shooting can be an amazing experience with the variety of species and locations available.
Sybarite Sporting™ can organise trips with our friends and partners in Namibia from July to November.
Sandgrouse (Pterocles spp.) are widespread across northern, southern and eastern Africa. They are birds of the Old World deserts, structurally similar to pigeons with thicker skin and remarkable drinking habits - their plumage, the abdominal feathers, have structural characteristics which are favourable for the uptake of large quantities of water.
Sandgrouse are highly dependant on water, in-turn rainfall and seeds of early successional plants for food.
Therefore, a rainfall ‘score’ which takes cognizance of both December and March rainfall is useful for predicting annual sandgrouse abundance before the forthcoming hunting season, as well as the need for preserving sufficient areas of fallow land in developing agricultural area to maintain seed supply.
The movement patterns of sandgrouse (some species are largely sedentary whereas others are highly nomadic and partially migratory) will influence the effectiveness of different management frameworks.
There is a need to understand the population dynamics, ecology and recruitment of young of these species, as well as the assessment of the impact of non-exclusive factors, such as food availability, predation and water availability, which all effect sandgrouse populations.
Sybarite Sporting continues to support the ‘African Gamebird Research Education and Development Trust’ (AGRED) through safari revenues when the relevant projects are presented.