Which birds symbolise love?

Birds that symbolise love

When you think of birds and love, a pair of doves are probably the most likely image that springs to mind. Many a wedding celebration has seen the release of a couple of doves. And while the typical symbolic white doves are primarily bred in captivity, their greyer cousins are just as striking and just […]

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 […]

Why is bird migration important?

Food and nesting space are simple answers! Birds migrate to improve their chances of survival and reproductive success, and while temperature may influence migration, birds can survive in very cold conditions. Their main reason for migrating is to follow their stomachs (aka food) and find safe spaces to nest. It’s one of the wonders of […]

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

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 […]

Garden Bird Bingo – UK Edition

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 […]

How to get birds to nest in your garden?

Nesting birds are wonderful to observe, and it can be riveting to see a bird nesting close to your home. From those initial stages of finding a safe nesting spot and collecting nesting material, to the actual egg-laying stage. What a delight it is when the gift of eggs arrives, a sign of baby birds […]

Famous Birders – Guide to Current and Historical Birdwatching Celebrities

Famous Birders - 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 famous birdwatching celebrities, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll […]

Rare birds in Kruger National Park

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, the country with most bird species

Colombia is without doubt the country with the most bird species. The exact number of bird species in Columbia however depends on who is counting! How we found the country with the most bird species Accoring to Birdlife International, columbia is home to 1,878 species of bird. Avibase on the other hand counts species based on many different […]

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.

Where to go birding in East Cork, Ireland

ddd Staycation on Ireland’s East Cork Bird Trail If you’re an East Cork local looking for safe lockdown activities then you’re in luck! There are phenomenal bird watching opportunities stretching over 100km East of the City of Cork. If you’re from further afield, then make sure you add East Cork to your list of birding destinations for when travel […]

Where are hummingbirds found? Plus other fun facts

Cover image: Rufous-tailed Hummingbird by Romel Romero Did you know there are over 320 species of hummingbirds? These tiny birds are considered a great prize among many birders, both for their beauty and because of how difficult they can be to photograph! Identifying a hummingbird to the unpracticed eye can also be tricky. Knowing where the bird […]

Birdwatching for kids – why get your children involved in birdwatching

Family time, birdwatching is an activity for everyone The memory of waking up early to drive to special places is a key takeaway from my childhood. Nature, wildlife, and especially keeping track of birdlife have all been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My father always packed a bird […]