How to start Birding: A Helpful guide for Birdwatching Beginners

Birdwatching Red-necked Stints

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 […]

What is the heaviest bird in the world?

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 […]

Top birding locations in the world

Where to go birding? The world’s appetite for getting outdoors has become super evident since the advent of the pandemic. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that people are looking for safe activities to do outside. It is no longer something that only the die-hard adventurer seeks. More people are looking for accessible outdoor places to explore. […]

The best US states for bird watching, a Helpful Illustrated Guide

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 […]

Karoo National Park: Embizweni Cottage | Birding | Wildlife | 4×4

Embizweni Cottage in Karoo National Park

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 in 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 4×4 and hence our newfound […]

Kruger National Park Birding Checklist

This Kruger National Park Birding Checklist is compiled from over 13 million SABAP2 records for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The checklist includes a count of the number of times each species has been recorded in SABAP2 for both South Africa and Kruger National Park. This will provide users with a good indication of how […]

Best lightweight birding binoculars in 2022

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 […]

Famous Birders – Guide to Current and Historical Birdwatching Celebrities

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 […]

Rare birds in Kruger National Park

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 […]

Country with the most bird species

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 […]

Top Bird Hides in Cape Town

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 […]

Is birdwatching one word?

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 […]

What is the average age of birdwatchers?

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 […]

Is Birdwatching a Sport?

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 different story and certainly has the atributes to be considered a sport. It’s adrenaline-fuelled and active, chasing a rare bird into the depths of a thorn-infested woodland for hours is exhausting. Its competitiveness knows no bounds, if you’ve ever seen The Big Year, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

8x or 10x Birding Binoculars?

The small difference in magnification may seem trivial, however, it has a significant impact on factors such as the weight of binoculars, the level of detail that is visible, the ability to locate and focus on close birds, maintaining a stable image, low light conditions, the distance birds are from your lens and how fast birds are moving.

Best Focal Length for Bird Photography?

best focal length for bird photography

Variable focal length lenses with a maximum focal length of between 400mm and 600mm are by far the most popular lenses for bird photography as they provide 8X magnification at 400mm and 12X magnification at 600mm when shooting with a full frame sensor camera.

Why is Birdwatching Important?

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. 

What is a Bird Life List?

So, you have probably heard birders taking about their bird 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 […]

How Popular is Birdwatching?

How popular is birdwatching

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 ecotourism.