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.
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.
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.
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.
Three birds of prey frequently seen on the lakeshore at Nkwichi.
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!
Birding takes practice, but these seven tips from Bushwise will help you to identify birds at a quick glance.
From seeing tree-climbing lions to relaxing on a river cruise – here are some reasons why you should visit the Ishasha Region of Uganda.
Green season is in full swing in South Luangwa and with it the birds are brimming in this birders paradise.
A birding trip into the Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, South Africa to find Africa’s rarest parrot
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.
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.
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)
We were lucky enough to come across this Red-crested Korhaan at EcoTraining’s Karongwe camp this week. He was in throes of a very impressive mating dance before he managed to mate with a female!
We can all recognise certain birds because they’re large, colourful, have an easily identifiable call, a distinctive style of flying or something special that sticks in the mind
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.
The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Fundraising Programme works with some inspiring organisations whose efforts are helping to conserve these birds for our future generations.
SANCCOB is synonymous with African penguins. Since being established in 1968, SANCCOB has treated approximately 90,000 oiled, ill, injured and abandoned African penguins and other seabirds.
Interesting insights gained from helping the Black Sparrowhawk Project to ring three chicks.
Africa is home to a plethora of beautiful birds, but from our experience, the weirder looking the bird is, the more fascinating it is.
It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise at The Cavern, situated in the heart of the Drakensberg foothills.
Predatory birds take advantage of the Kasanka Bat Migration, the biggest wildlife migration in the world.
The tricks to taking great photos in Etosha National Park.
Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world’s most trafficked birds.
The carmine bee-eater has returned to South Luangwa. See why this colourful bird amazes everyone who sees it.
Lake Nakuru Park proves to be much more than just a birder’s paradise.
A giant kingfisher doesn’t quite get what he bargained for in Botswana!
Mid-August onwards heralds the arrival of the southern carmine bee-eaters in South Luangwa, painting the sky with a brilliant blur of colour.
SANCCOB has admitted 92 oiled African penguins and 61 African penguin chicks to its centre in Cape St Francis, following an oil spill in Algoa Bay.
You never know who you’ll bump into at Tokai Forest in Cape Town!
Do you love birds? Then get yourself to the Okavango – pronto!
If you’re a bird lover, you won’t want to miss The African Bird Fair at the start of September in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden!
Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!
An orphaned African penguin egg has been successfully hatched at SANCCOB after a leopard tragically killed 33 Endangered African penguins in the Cape.
A trip of a lifetime to Uganda with spectacular sightings of birds, great apes, and so much more.
Top tips to exploring the famous and diverse iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa.
Kenya offers twitchers some of the best birding opportunities in the world. Find out where to go for the best bird sightings around Nairobi.
The rare and unusual greater painted-snipe has been spotted on an island in the Seychelles archipelago.
After searching everywhere for the chance to photograph the colourful lilac-breasted roller, the perfect opportunity arises in Botswana.
This World Oceans Day we get up close and personal with an Endangered African penguin.
One of the endangered African penguins injured in a recent car accident in Simon’s Town, South Africa has been successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
DIY with a difference, all you need to build your own owl box!
As winter arrives at South Luangwa, the electric blue woodland kingfisher migrates north.
Two vehicles were involved in a car accident in Simon’s Town, South Africa, killing an African penguin and injuring a second.
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to over 450 species of birds, including some of the largest flocks of the bright pink lesser flamingo in the world.
Bird lovers go on a mission in search of the prehistoric looking African shoebill.