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 April 28, 2020
There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of young and old birdwatchers, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty interesting list.    Famous Birdwatching Politicians   Alec Douglas-Home: UK Prime Minister from October 1963 to Oc...
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by on April 23, 2020
Bingo or “Beano” as it was originally called in the United States, is a hugely popular numbers game that dates back to the mid-1500’s. It started in Italy as the Italian Lottery or "Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia", where players had cards with numbers in rows, winning numbers were drawn from a sack and players competed to match their numbers first. The game became so popular in Italy that it crossed borders to France in the late-1700’s where it was known as “Le Lotto”. The French altered the game ...
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by on April 8, 2020
It is always great to discover new ideas for keeping your kids busy during holiday times or weekends, but particularly now, when we have been trapped in ‘COVID-19 Lockdown’, for what seems like in an interminable amount of time. And with all the toilet-roll stock piling that’s been happening in recent weeks, we’ve found a great use for all those empty rolls!  Our girls (Christina 3 years, Jessica 22 months) have always had a love of being outside and it’s times like this when we are thankful ...
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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 October 14, 2019
There is nothing like relaxing in a nice bird hide and settling in for a good days birding. If you are living in or visiting Cape Town, there are myriad beautiful places to visit for some great birding. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and Cape Point are all spectacular and well-known locations to spot our feathered friends. There are, however, some other dedicated spaces with the opportunity to see fantastic water birds. These are the top 4 nature reserves with bird hides around C...
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by on October 9, 2019
Many people think that birdwatching is a hobby for the middle-aged or retirees. The 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, however, paints an entirely different picture. The survey shows that birdwatchers who go birding 'Away-from-Home' have an average age of 49 with 47% being under the age of 45. For ‘Around-the-Home’ birdwatchers, the average age is 54 with 33% being under the age of 45. Wildlife Watchers by Age Age Group Away-from-Home Around-the-Home ...
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by on October 8, 2019
The rare birds of Kruger National Park is a list of South African species that are generally only seen in Kruger National Park. For example, 2,956 of the 2,981 (99%) of Yellow-billed Oxpecker sightings were seen in Kruger National Park. So, it’s safe to say that Kruger is the place to visit if you want a good chance to tick the Yellow-billed Oxpecker on your life list. Although some of these species may be commonly seen in Kruger National Park, all of them will not be commonly seen anywhere else...
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by on October 7, 2019
Someone with a casual interest in birds who likes to quietly observe their garden comings and goings, or who enjoys seeing birds on their Sunday walk is likely to be described as a birdwatcher. Could this sort of activity be considered a sport? No, probably not. And for most of us the idea of ‘sport’ conjures up images of participants at least trying to break into a sweat. Not something you are likely to do from a garden bench with a pair of binoculars. Birding on the other hand is a whole di...
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by on September 13, 2019
Birdwatching is important for many personal, societal and conservation reasons. Birdwatching provides huge amounts of data to conservation researchers, it is good for one's physical and mental health, it has a massive positive economic impact, it helps connect people with nature and addresses the problem of ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in children.    Conservation research Birdwatcher’s contribution to bird research cannot be underestimated. The amount of high-quality research grade data t...
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by on September 9, 2019
So, you have probably heard birders taking about their life lists and wondered what they were referring to. If you are new to birding/birdwatching or you just want to know what people are talking about, then this explanation will give you some insight into a life list and the minds of the birders that keep them. A birding life list is typically a list of all the species that a person has seen over their lifetime. Birders describe adding a new species to their list as seeing a new ‘lifer’. For...
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by on September 5, 2019
If you are just getting into birding, you may be surprised by the multiple ways that people spell birdwatching | bird-watching | bird watching. I was just as surprised, so since I’ve been starting to write more and more about birding, I decided to do a bit of research to see if there is a correct or most commonly used spelling! Based on my survey of major dictionaries, birding authorities and birding websites I found that although there is no definitively correct spelling, the one word spelli...
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