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About Faansie Peacock

Faansie Peacock considers himself a professional birder...but pays bills by being a publisher, author, artist, designer, speaker, consultant and book vendor. Favourite bird? Greater Striped Swallow. Best bird? African Pitta (local); Spoon-billed Sandpiper (world). Bogey bird? Manx Shearwater. Accomplishment? Seeing 302 species in 24 hours.

FIREFINCH Trip Report: Namibia

By |2023-02-23T13:56:29+02:00February 23rd, 2023|Birds, FIREFINCH, Places|

Every few days there is a brand new birding article on FIREFINCH. It's a real treat when you unlock your phone and see the notification! Today on FIREFINCH we travel through the beautiful vast nothingness of Namibia. In the blazing heat of December nogal! But thanks to Hamman Prinsloo's writing and stunning photos, we can experience it all in comfort. Normally this content is only available to subscribers, but I thought I'd share Hamman's great report here. It is packed with useful tips and stakeouts, and I also added some maps to the birding sites. For more such high quality material, check out FIREFINCH app!

Subsong in my Lockdown neighbour

By |2023-01-26T13:41:34+02:00January 24th, 2023|Birds, FIREFINCH, Videos, Vocalisations|

To celebrate our 50th FIREFINCH post, you can read the full Dawn Chorus article here. It's about a very talented friend I met during Lockdown. This post is all about the audio, so check out the Podcast version or follow along on the individual play bars. Enjoy!

New birds in Southern Africa: A tale of two lists

By |2020-05-16T15:19:48+02:00November 26th, 2018|Birds|

How many new species have been added to our Southern African list in the last few decades? The first time I counted up my lifelist as a young kid, it was 73 species...out of a possible 919 on the list. Today our Southern African list is on 978 species. In the 36 years I've been crawling/walking/running around in search of birds (and the publication of Roberts V) 100 species have been added. Here they are!

Faansie’s Bird Book: Reviews..please

By |2020-05-16T15:19:50+02:00September 18th, 2018|Birds|

So, the book is here: Faansie's Bird Book: A fully fledged field guide for kids. I am so excited to share this with kids of all ages (even those who pay a mortgage). I would really love to hear what you think. Why don't you send me a voicenote on Whatsapp? Okay, back to the bubble wrap for me...

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