by on May 21, 2020
Congratulations on starting your journey to become one of the millions of birdwatchers across the globe! Apart from being a fun and exciting hobby for people of all ages, the physical and mental activity involved in birdwatching is good for your general wellbeing. Birdwatching doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby so don’t let budget get in the way of making a start. All that you will probably need to buy is a pair of binoculars. You can pick up a pretty decent pair of new entry-level birding...
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by on October 14, 2019
When looking at the heaviest bird in the world, there are two distinct categories. The first is the outright heaviest bird in the world and the second is the heaviest flying bird in the world. The heaviest bird in the world is the Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) with an average weight of 104kg. Most subspecies of the Common Ostrich weigh between 63kg and 145kg. The North African subspecies of the Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) is however the heaviest with a maximum weight of up 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 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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