by on August 15, 2019
So, how popular is birdwatching? The short answer, birdwatching is incredibly popular! Millions of people are birdwatchers, with masses of clubs and groups in different countries across the globe — and as dull as it may seem to some, it is a great passion for many others. It has become one of the fast growing hobbies in North America, and in Canada more time is spent birdwatching than gardening! Birdwatching is now a multi-million dollar industry and one of the strongest magnetisms for ecotou...
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by on July 26, 2019
A 4:30am alarm is early, even when you are going on holiday. Our first stop on a 10-day road trip to Durban is the Karoo National Park, just outside the N1 town of Beaufort West. This was to be our second visit to the park but our first with a 4x4 and hence our newfound ability to explore the furthest half of the park which is restricted to 4x4 vehicles only. The long and windy Klipspringer Pass This also gave us the option to stay in one of the two remote cottages in this section of t...
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by on July 25, 2019
Five years ago, the idea of doing a back to basics overland trip through the wilds of Southern Africa was definitely not on my radar. Back then I was a pale-faced Brit who’d barely stepped foot in Africa.  Now, married to a die-hard ‘bush warrior’ and running our own wildlife social platform, Tracking the Wild, a month of soaking up the wonders of the African bush has fast become my idea of heaven. Our trip would take us 32 days and over 8,000km – the final odometer count was 8,610km – across...
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by on July 24, 2019
Back in 1851, on his quest to find the source of the Zambezi River, Scottish explorer David Livingstone stumbled upon a piece of paradise in the southern most corner of the Caprivi Strip. Now renamed the Zambezi Region, this narrow strip of land boasts areas of extraordinary wilderness just waiting to be explored. Five years ago, the idea of doing a back to basics overland trip through the wilds of Southern Africa was definitely not on my radar. Back then I was a pale-faced Brit who’d barely ...
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by on July 23, 2019
Colombia is without doubt the country with the most birds species. The exact number of species in Columbia however depends on who is counting! Accoring to Birdlife International, columbia is home to 1,878 species of bird. Avibase on the other hand counts species based on many different taxonomies and put the number at 1,958 Clements 2018 taxonomy, 1,908 based on IOC 9.2 taxonomy and 2,016 based on HBW and Birdlife 2018 taxonomy. Finally, volume 25 of Fundación ProAves’ scientific journal Cons...
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by on July 22, 2019
So, you’ve got major gaps in your life list and grown a little tired of your backyard American Robin! It’s time to plan a trip to spy some new plumage! You’re looking to maximise the bang for your buck so the choice for most people would be to start by looking at the states with the greatest bird diversity. If you already have a healthy number of ticks on the list already, then another option would be to start looking at states with the most endemics, most threatened species and most birds wi...
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by on July 20, 2019
When you are looking for the best lightweight birding binoculars, most of us are trying to find a balance between weight, high quality optics, durability and value for money. In this post, I am going to take a high level look at a variety of lightweight binoculars that will hopefully cover the needs of everyone from the garden birder to globetrotting twitcher. All the binoculars covered are Roof Prism type designs which benefit from being compact, lightweight and easier to hold in comparis...
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by on June 26, 2019
Kenya Bird Watching Safari, Birding Safaris Destinations Safaris takes you into the world of Kenya’s avi-fauna! See first-hand the gangly gait of ostriches, the daredevil hunting skills of African fish eagles and the carpets of rose-colored flamingos that cover many of Kenya’s terrestrial and aquatic wildernesses. Kenya Bird Watching Safari, Birding Safaris Destinations or birding sites in Kenya offer an abundance of bird species, ranging from 200 and 600+ at any given location. You see commo...
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by on July 24, 2018
By Jim Goehring It was a dark and rainy weekend. Five club members embarked on the long planned outing to Highland County hoping to find Golden-winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Alder Flycatcher. Armed with raingear, food, maps, binoculars, and cameras, we rendezvoused Friday afternoon at Doe Hill Escape, a pleasant and well equipped house on a working farm. It served as our base for the weekend’s birding. Birds were plentiful and success was had in locating the three target species. Part...
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by on October 20, 2017
After three days on the road we were getting used to our early wake ups. And today there was a great reason to be up, dressed and coffee-fueled by 6am, we were going rhino tracking on foot.  Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand is a 12,000 hectare community owned reserve and the first of its kind to become part of the endangered Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme, which released a number of black rhino onto the reserve in order to promote their breeding and expand their range. The land itsel...
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by on October 20, 2017
De Hoop Nature Reserve is often cited as one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa, and we couldn’t agree more. The last time we were here it was April 2013, for our wedding, and the scenery looked markedly different. Travelling along the N2 from Cape Town, the landscape was dry and thirsty then, but at this time of year the fields are full of rich greenery and vibrant yellows that make everything look alive and flourishing. The reserve itself is managed by CapeNature, wi...
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