Birdwatch magazine voted Birding Africa as one of the TOP 5 most recommended bird tour companies in the world. (See www.birdingafrica.com for more survey details.)
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
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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).
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!
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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.
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Birding Africa guide Ethan Kistler reports back on an excellent day birding around the Hottentot’s Holland mountains, finding 95 species.
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.
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.
Finally, at Strandfontein Water Works we added flamingos, various ducks and waders and an African Fish-Eagle, boosting our trip list to 95 species.
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Some of you may remember last August at the British Birdfair, when Marje Hemp & Callan Cohen of Birding Africa hosted a presentation of binoculars and East African field Guides to Narcisse Ndayambaje. (Click on this blog)
He wanted train the guides of the future, so they could make their own sustainable income. And he wanted to prompt the local community to conserve and protect their forest.
These excited young birders arrived kitted out with their backpacks, binoculars and East African field guides and keen to go on a bird outing.
Narcisse quickly arranged with the Nyungwe Park Manager so the group could join Marje and Jonathan on a field trip to Kamiranzovu Marsh.
The kids had to come to terms with difficult words: Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Ruwenzori Batis and Mountain Masked Apalis! And they recorded these sightings in their notebooks.
Their dearest wish now is to visit other national parks in Rwanda such as Akagera and Volcanoes.
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