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Vultures: nature’s best scavengers

Often called ugly, disgusting, and unhygienic, these large birds play a crucial role in the environment as nature’s best scavengers. They will find dead animals in the environment and pick the bones clean which in turn helps regulate potential carcass borne diseases that are exposed to other fauna.

Kosi Bay: boats, birds and paradise!

The haunting cry of a fish eagle resonates across the lake as we pull up at Kosi Bay Lodge. The powder soft sand, raphia palms and Umdoni (Water Berry) trees create a tropical, African welcome. With beads of perspiration on our brows, we are anxious to unpack and seek replenishment at the Nhlanga pub to soak in a stunning view of the largest and third lake of the Kosi Bay system. It is here that we plan the next few days of our boating photographic expedition.

Video: the symbiotic benefits of oxpeckers

Some of you may not be to familiar with this little bird, but oxpeckers perform one of the most important roles in the ecosystem. They have this fascinating symbiotic relationship with a number of animals whereby it removes parasites (mostly ticks) from the animal, and in return gets a nice meal.

Why the world needs vultures

Vultures are not often in the limelight, but they must be, now more than ever, in order to ensure they don’t vanish- for the world will struggle to function without them.

Uganda – the birder’s paradise

With 1,057 bird species, Uganda constitutes 50% of the Africa’s bird species and 11% of the global bird species count which makes her a complete birders’ paradise!

24 hour bird race in Madikwe Game Reserve

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days at Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve as an initial attempt at a 24 hour bird race in the reserve, revolving around BirdLife South Africa’s Big Birding Day.

The best time to visit the fabulous Fanjove island

It’s a great time to visit, winds are light and it’s cool – set against the spectacular backdrop of the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, Fanjove Island is the perfect location to relax. It’s a dream island! With a max capacity of 12 guests, you will have a private and intimate experience on one of the most pristine Islands in the world. Conservation is the aim of the people who run the lodge and look after the island.

SANCCOB raises endangered penguin to reunite with colony

On Friday, 13 January 2017, a juvenile Northern Rockhopper penguin was reunited with her colony at the Two Oceans Aquarium after being successfully hatched and hand-reared by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)

Home of the great fish eagle, “Nkwazi”

Nestled in the remote parts of Mozambique on lake Niassa shores is Nkwichi lodge, and home of the great Nkwazi, Fish eagle. Having a chalet named of the great majestic bird is not only Nkwichi lodge’s passing mention of the existence of the fish eagle but an appreciation of the great bird and its very welcome presence in the area.

Six charities doing it for the birds

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme works with some inspiring organisations whose efforts are helping to conserve these birds for our future generations.

3 funny-looking birds of prey

Africa is home to a plethora of beautiful birds, but from our experience, the weirder looking the bird is, the more fascinating it is.

Birding in and around Nairobi

Kenya offers twitchers some of the best birding opportunities in the world. Find out where to go for the best bird sightings around Nairobi.