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Cederkloof Photographic Retreat: 5-7 October 2018

This looks like a really amazing weekend! Photography tutorials in the field, pre-dawn listening for bird calls, guided flower hikes and a whole lot more - all in the stunning mountain fynbos landscape around Citrusdal. From 5-7 October.

By |August 27th, 2018|Categories: Places|0 Comments

Faansie’s Bird Book – a fully fledged field guide…for kids

Oh man, I am so excited to announce my latest project... the first ever fully fledged field guide for birds. In a way I made this book especially for my own two boys, as a way to help them connect with birds and nature in general. But I'm sure they wouldn't mind if your kids read it too. Here's a little sneak peek video...

By |August 17th, 2018|Categories: Birds, kids|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Faansie versus Harlequin

In this battle there was a clear winner. Spotted Harlequin Snakes, Homoroselaps lacteus, are mildly venomous, and though their venom does not pose any potentially fatal consequences, a bite may well provide you with some nice gory images. Hopefully some of the effects I documented here can contribute to our knowledge on this species. Perhaps not for sensitive viewers.

Herping lingo

Birding has its own, dedicated language. Twitching. Lifer. String. Dip. Tick. The same goes for herping - the study of frogs and reptiles. However, compared to the typical birder, herpers are a decidedly freakish bunch (and I say that as a herper myself). I called in the help of some of the country's top herpers to come up with this illustrated dictionary of herping lingo. I hope they didn't make this stuff up.

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Frogs, Reptiles|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

WADERS now available in eBook format!

Due to continued requests, I have now made my book, CHAMBERLAIN'S WADERS, available in a digital edition as well. As birders, our love for books is only exceeded by our love for birds. But carrying all your literature around in the field can be back-breaking. May I suggest that you get the eBook versions instead (or preferably, in addition)? No forms, no waiting, instant download. But fret not, there are still a couple of thousand copies in my garage if you prefer the good ol' printed version. LBJs books are dwindling though...

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Birds, Books|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

New column for Weg! / Go! magazine

Weg / Go! magazine is South Africa's number one travel and outdoor mag, choc-a-bloc full of places, people, gear, reviews and recipes. In addition, from the March 2018 issue (on sale now), you'll also find a few words by yours truly. A column on our most fascinating birds, presented in the form of stories and personal memories, interwoven with facts about the biology of birds. The first tells the story of a juvenile Greater Honeyguide that somehow ended up on my Grandpa's shoulder.

By |February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Birds|1 Comment