The beautiful Olifants River is a magnificent habitat for a variety of riverine birds that draw birders from all over the world.
Renowned for their silent flight and legendary eyesight, owls are some of the coolest and most misunderstood birds of prey in the African bush.
Find out about the various escape and evade strategies that birds have developed to avoid predators in the wild.
A wildlife photographer pursues his ultimate ‘bucket shot’ of an up-close and detailed photo of a malachite kingfisher.
Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) has announced that they have recently identified a poisoning site with 537 dead vultures (comprising five species) and two tawny eagles.
In this week’s news wrap Hong Kong customs have seized a record haul of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam; camera-trap technology has captured what is suspected to be the last elephant in Knysna forest; the South Africa parliament has attacked the Kruger agreement with neighbouring private reserves; Uganda seized ivory and pangolin scales worth an estimated $8 million; 20 endangered vultures die of poisoning near the Maasai Mara; thousands of baby flamingos have been rescued in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril; and a new widow spider species has been discovered – the first in 29 years.
A special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril.
A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar.
Cape Town is synonymous with many things, like Table Mountain, picturesque landscapes, beautiful beaches, and of course our iconic African penguin.
With their bright green plumage, the African green pigeon is undoubtedly the peacock of the pigeon species.
If you are an avid twitcher, you should consider coming to the Maasai Mara where a whole host of rare birdlife awaits you!
The green-breasted pitta already holds the dubiously honourable rank of number ONE African bogey bird in my books, a title am hoping to strip off today.
Spring in South Africa is a colourful, noisy and fragrant affair.
For billions of years, animals have learnt the skills required to survive and escape predation, adapting to their environment and learning a few tricks along the way.
The loss of vultures could prove catastrophic to our natural environment, since vultures play a crucial role in keeping ecosystems sanitary by picking carcasses clean and preventing lethal diseases from spreading to humans and wildlife.
Every year South Africa plays host to an influx, and then an exodus, of more than one hundred bird species that flock to its shores during the summer months to take advantage of the rich conditions in terms of weather and food availability.
A southern ground-hornbill in the Kruger finds a rare treat in the form of a juvenile hare.
A research paper has investigated how different capture methods and other aspects of the grey parrot trade, other than just the actual volume of birds taken from the wild, can affect sustainability of harvest.
The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) looks like a bird that belongs in the prehistoric age. Found in the marshes of East Africa, the shoebill is classified as vulnerable and is a bucket-list sighting for any avid birder. Here are seven reasons to love this big bird.
In this week’s news wrap it has been reported that the United States remains the biggest importer of endangered African wildlife trophies; 30 elephants are relocated in Kenya in the hopes to end human-wildlife conflict; Kenyan MPs urge President Kenyatta to ban logging and declare it a national disaster; African penguins have succumbed to avian flu in the Western Cape; the US Embassy supports the South African wildlife crime investigations through donation of forensic trailer units; and a major seize of an abalone consignment goes down at Durban harbour.
Sociable weaver nests are regarded as ecologically important for providing shelter and shade to a large diversity of birds and other fauna.
There are some 477 species of feathered friends on the official bird list of South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park. However, some bird lists for the park include as many as 517 species, which includes some rare and unusual visitors.
It is not only the sheer size and magnitude of the eye that sets birds apart from other animals. They possess a whole variety of adaptations that allow birds to exploit their acuity to levels well beyond our own.
In this week’s news wrap four traffickers have been arrested in Ivory Coast after 53 elephant tails were seized; new blood as plans to introduce ten new cheetahs to a KwaZulu-Natal park is underway; rare cycads face increasing threats as they become a target for theft; almost 50 vultures are poisoned in the Kruger National Park; and distressing images of a pregnant rhino mother and calf killed by poachers.
The poisoned bodies of nearly 50 vultures have been found by rangers in Mozambique‚ just a short distance from the boundary of the flagship Kruger National Park.
The Kgalagadi always delivers unusual opportunities to photograph animal and bird behaviour – such as a bird-eating heron.
With their brilliant magenta plumage and accents of coral, turquoise and black, carmine bee-eaters are truly a sight to behold, turning even those least inclined into avian enthusiasts.
It was a weekend trip through the south of Kruger with friends and we had been lucky to see Big 5 on both days, but there’s always a rush of excitement when something crosses our path – like a southern ground-hornbill taking on a snake.
Living in nature offers so many wonders each and every day, and a nest of inquisitive barn owls in our lodge reminded us just how lucky we are to be able to do what we do!
Two beautiful grey crowned cranes were spotted recently while on a cruise through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park estuary in South Africa.
Epic video footage of sandgrouse swooping down at a waterhole for a drink in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya.
Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: these are but a couple of the feathers you’ll see on your visit to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
The end of spring in November welcomes our guests with the arrival of the European roller at Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
CAR’s Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve is one of Africa’s last vestiges of unexplored wilderness and a place definitely worth visiting.
A few interesting facts about the Schalow’s turaco that can be found along the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a large body of animals on the move. The scale, determination and distance covered can really carry through how it’s survival of the fittest in the animal kingdom.
Find out how you can contribute to the survival of one of Africa’s most endangered sea birds, the African penguin.
Bird-lover or not, the impressive yellow-billed stork colony in the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is definitely worthwhile paying a visit.
While you are on your game drive or even just relaxing at your lodge, you’ll spot a wide variety of our feathered friends enacting their quirky habits.
The Greater National Kruger Park is home to many different animals and more often than not the focus is on spotting the ‘Big 5’. But what about the not so highly sought-after animals? How about the birds?
Also referred to as a “King whale-head” because of its enormous head size, the shoebill stork is named after its shoe-like bill which can grow up to 24cm in length and 20cm in width. Even though they can weigh up to 6kg, they can stand quite easily on floating vegetation while hunting for fish.
Africa is experiencing a vulture crisis. The white-backed vulture is one of eight African vulture species that is on the decline. Poisoning and traditional medicine pose a substantial threat to the survival of these ecologically essential birds.
Over 1030 bird species have been recorded in Uganda, a veritable birder’s paradise. Indeed it’s quite common for European tourists (who have dismissed all birds as LBBs (or Little Brown Birds) to come to this country and take a new interest in birds.
On the morning of the 30th May, I witnessed a tussle between one of the current occupants of the nest, a brown-headed parrot pair, and a tree squirrel which dared to venture too close to the nest.
Uganda lies alongside the equator and it’s one of the most attractive countries in Africa. It boasts more bird species than any other country in Africa with a national list of more than 1000 species recorded, contributing to more than 10% of the world’s bird species.
In Africa, southern ground-hornbills are classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN, however, those in South Africa are classified as ‘endangered’ on the Red List of Threatened Species as only about 1500 individuals live within the country.