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Hope for Cape vultures

A story about the hatching of one of the Cape vulture chicks at VulPro, a vulture conservation organisation in South Africa’s North West Province.

An African colonising Europe!

After struggling to survive Britain’s cold winters for more than 300 years the Egyptian goose is undergoing a population explosion.

Breaking records for the love of birds

John Kinghorn set aside 2014 as his Big Birding Year, determined to break the record for the youngest person to see 800 bird species within a calendar year in the Southern African sub region.

Chris Packham cuckoo reveals migration secrets

A cuckoo wearing a solar-powered satellite-tracked tag is the first to provide UK scientists with migration data for three years running. Having flown more than 45 000 miles Chris, named after wildlife presenter Chris Packham, revealed overwintering in Angola for the first time.

Bird calls by Sonto Tembe

A video with Sonto Tembe, a ranger who has worked for more than 30 years at Ndumo, as he performs some impressive bird calls.

Vulture attacks jackal

Interesting photos of a lappet-faced vulture and black backed jackal interaction at a vulture restaurant near Polokwane in South Africa.

50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 29

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 29 which will broadcast on SABC 2 at 19h30 on Monday the 24th of March 2014. This episode is all about alien invasive plant species and biocontrol methods that are designed to reduce the spread of these species.

Owl on the beach

Whilst on holiday at the coast Anja came across quite an usual sight on a beach near Walvis Bay – a little African scops owl sitting on the sand!

Dethroned by a fat fish

One cool winter’s evening Chad is lucky enough to witness an African fish eagle being brought down to size by a mere fish.

Meet the birds of the Kalahari Basin

Situated in central Botswana, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to impression landscapes and a great variety of wildlife. In this blog, meet and learn more about some of the beautiful bird species that call it home…

Flocks of flamingos in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay in Namibia is synonymous with flamingos and a trip to the area would not be complete without some time spent with these pink birds.

Top 10 Ugandan birds

Uganda, is known as Africa’s premier birding destination and with the list of birds found here topping 1 000, it is difficult to narrow down what we would consider the top 10, but here goes….

In love with lovebirds

Anja Denker has the absolute privilege to have lovebirds frequenting her garden. Here is a compilation of some photos she has taken of these magnificent beauties.

Bird-killing power line comes down

A power line in Port Sudan, named the killer line, which has been responsible for the death of many Egyptian vultures will be removed and replaced with a bird-friendly line.

Bird arrested on suspicion of spying

Original Source: NYDailyNews and abcLocal You may have heard of carrier pigeons being used to transport secret, official messages. Well how about a swan being used as a French spy? Earlier this week, a story broke out about a swan that was detained, behind bars, in an Egyptian jail in Qena, after it was spotted […]

Secretary birds need your assistance

Rumour has it that it is no longer politically correct to call your assistant a secretary. It seems as if secretaries are extinct, and assistants have taken their place. We may not be able to rename them assistant birds, but we can certainly save our secretary birds from extinction. Nonetheless, whether a boss, manager, assistant […]

The 'Bird Man'

It’s a cliché, but one of the great things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. We have certainly met our fair share of locals and fellow travelers, from all walks of life. One of the coolest of them, with one of the most interesting stories, is a guy called Christopher who […]

11 Interesting Facts about Sociable Weavers

1. There are four subspecies: – Philetairus socius eremnus, living in the Orange River Valley; – Philetairus socius socius, inhabiting the S. Kalahari in NW Northern Cape and S. Namibia; – Philetairus socius xericus, roughing it in the Namibian escarpments; – Philetairus socius geminus, isolated from all other sub-species and thriving in Etosha and S. […]

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we select the top 5 photographs submitted by you via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos that you think have what is takes, please feel free to post them on our wall. Here are this week’s top 5. 1. A Spotted Eagle Owl in flight taken in Dullstroom, […]

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we select the top 5 photographs submitted by you via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos that you think have what is takes, please feel free to post them on our wall. Here are this week’s top 5. 1. A Schalow’s Turaco taken in Tundavala, Angola. 2. Cape Eagle […]

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we are looking for the top 5 photographs submitted to us via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos you think has what is takes, please feel free to post them on our wall. Here are this week’s top 5. 1. A Portrait of a Blue-bellied Roller. 2. […]

10 photos of Birds celebrating Valentine's Day

Nothing says I love you like… 1. An affectionate greeting after a long time apart.   2. A peck on the bill.   3. Sharing a meal.   4. Dressing to impress   5. Whispering sweet nothings.   6. A sideways glance.   7. A little snuggle.   8. A back scratch…   9. Some […]

The 10 Most Remarkable Birds in Ghana

Here they are – the most interesting and sought-after birds in all of Ghana according to Africa Geographic travel director Christian Boix. For the opportunity to see these birds, join Africa Geographic’s unique birding expedition to Ghana. Enquire here.   1. White-necked Picathartes Bounds through the forest stealthily and effortlessly from one liana to the […]

Saving the Last African Penguins on the Planet

Africa, without its penguins? A spine-tingling shiver as cold as the Atlantic ran through me when I discovered that our very own penguin could disappear within my lifetime. The statistics are terrifying, and I had no wish to add to the doom and gloom by photographing dead penguins or dwindling colonies … I wanted to […]

Recycle your halloween pumpkins, attract bird life and WIN!

On Halloween, I took the kids on a sugar binge and as I strolled past several creative pieces of cucurbit flair, I could not help wondering where they would end up in a few days or a week’s time. Not one who gels well with waste, I realised that many of our gardens would look […]

Vulture Culture – 6 Little Known Facts

Perhaps due to their ugly bald heads, vultures have always gotten a bad rap in my books. They also show up quite often in animated films as the bringers of bad news or an indication of trouble. However, if you are able to put aside your vulture prejudice/s, you might learn a few crazy things […]

Fantastical Shoebills: 7 Fab Facts

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you King Whale-Head (the English translation of Balaeniceps rex), cover star of the October issue of Africa Geographic. From the front he appears to me like an old university professor, big-nosed, peering over his spectacles. Very serious, very respectable. From almost any other angle though, he’s a total hoot. In […]

Big Five vs birds

Two kinds of people sign up for African safaris. Most, myself included, want to see the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. The other people are the birders. So when my birder father announces he wants to join me on a trip to Botswana I have planned for myself,  I clarify, ‘This […]