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Birding Africa and Cape Town Pelagics at the British Birdwatching Fair

August 25, 2014

A huge thanks to everyone who came to visit us at our stand, and hope to see you in Africa soon or again at Rutland Water for our 15th birdfair next year!

Cape Town Pelagics – Claire Spottiswoode

August 21, 2014

We were delighted to have Cape Town born Claire Spottiswoode, co-founder of Cape Town Pelagics and Birding Africa, and her husband Tim, join us on board a pelagic trip Sunday past. Claire is currently based in Cambridge where she completed her PhD and now pursues her academic career.

1000’s of pelagic birds behind an active trawler. © Claire Spottiswoode

Black-browed Albatross on a trip with Cape Town Pelagics © Claire Spottiswoode

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross on a trip with Cape Town Pelagics © Claire Spottiswoode

For details about Cape Town Pelagic trips from Cape Town please see our website : www.capetownpelagics.com.

To enquire or to book, please email Amanda Kropman at info@capetownpelagics.com

or phone +27 83 270 7452

Pel’s Fishing Owl on last day of Uganda birding tour!

August 14, 2014

Our Uganda birding tour ended yesterday and here is a quick photo from the last day: one of two Pel’s Fishing Owls along the Nile River, taken by Birding Africa guide Tertius Gous on a boat trip in Murchison Falls National Park.

Pel’s Fishing Owl on a Birding Africa tour to Uganda

British Birdwatching Fair 2014

August 14, 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s our 14th year at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water and this year there’ll be 5 of us. On Friday at 13h00 Callan will be giving a lecture on how to combine the wildebeest migration in Tanzania with great birding, and on Saturday afternoon embarrassing himself at the Bird Brain of Britain quiz where he’ll be representing the African Bird Club (specialist subject is Endemic Birds of Madagascar). Marje will be on the stand with Tertius Gous (just back from a Uganda tour) and Ethan Kistler (who represented us at The Biggest Week in American Birding earlier in the year). Marje’s husband Jon, a keen birder, will also be supporting us. Hope to catch up with many of you this weekend (15 – 17 August)– we’ll be in our usual spot at the entrance of Marquee 3 (28/29).

Update from the Biggest Week

May 16, 2014

Birding Africa guide Ethan Kistler stands in front of Birding Africa’s booth during The Biggest Week In American Birding – the largest birding festival in the USA! On the final day of the festival, Ethan reports that the festival has been a blast, the birding was incredible and that it’s been great to be back in his home state and see all of his birding friends. We hope to see a lot of those who attended the festival join us in Africa soon!

For more details about Birding Africa trips email us at info@birdingafrica.com

Visit us at The Biggest Week

May 12, 2014

For our American followers attending The Biggest Week In American Birding (until May 15), be sure to say hello to Ohio-native and Birding Africa guide, Ethan Kistler.

As Birding Africa is a festival partner, Ethan will be manning our Birding Africa booth. He’ll also be guiding festival field trips, birding the trails and give a free talk on birding South Africa.

The fair is hosted by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Northwest Ohio.

For more details about Birding Africa trips, please chat to Ethan at the fair, or email us at info@birdingafrica.com

Hottentot’s Holland Day Trip

March 5, 2014

Birding Africa guide Ethan Kistler reports back on an excellent day birding around the Hottentot’s Holland mountains, finding 95 species.

Birding the Hottentot's Holland

On this beautiful and sunny midsummer’s morning, we met in Camps Bay and headed east along the scenic ocean drive. It promised to be windy but we were keen to see our target species.

We started at Rooiels and ticked off every species we had hoped for, including Cape Rockjumper, Ground Woodpeckers and a pair of magnificent Verreaux’s Eagles.

Orange-breasted Sunbird

In Betty’s Bay, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens provided excellent views of showy birds such as Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatchers, African Paradise Flycatchers, Swee Waxbills and this Orange-breasted Sunbird.

At the Stoney Point penguin colony we saw all coastal cormorants, African Oystercatchers, Cape Gannet and a surprise Giant Kingfisher.

African penguins at Stoney Point

Finally, at Strandfontein Water Works we added flamingos, various ducks and waders and an African Fish-Eagle, boosting our trip list to 95 species.

For details about Birding Africa day trips from Cape Town, please click here.

To enquire or to book, please email Amanda Kropman or phone +27 (0)83 270 7452.

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