A couple of years ago Adam posted a story on this site that so entranced me that when I went to South Africa a bit over a year ago the location he described was top of my bucket list. That birding Mecca was the Sani Pass, and his article is all you need to read so rather than rehash it I’ll just link to it. But I did visit it, and saw many of the incredible species he described, one of which, my major target of the day, was the Drakensberg Rockjumper.
The Drakensberg Rockjumper is one of two species in the rockjumper family, one of those recent splits that came about when people realised that not everything in Africa could be lumped with known European families. They are closely related to the oddball Rockfowl of Western Africa, and live in family groups, led by a breeding pair, in Southern Africa.
There was about five of them in the small group we encountered on the bend in the road
Drakensberg Rockjumpers are also known as Orange-breasted Rockjumpers
A little preen
They live on rocks!
The view of the Sani Pass from where we saw the species
At the same place we saw a Drakensberg Siskin, and I got the distinct impression this was a big deal and I was not sufficiently appreciative.