How many feathers does a canary have?

By |2020-05-16T15:19:58+00:00November 18th, 2016|Birds, Morphology, Videos|

Any guesses? I found out...the hard way. Before all the counting began though, I made a short "tutorial" video that points out the main feather tracts of a bird, and their respective functions. If you have a few minutes to spare, I am sure you'll find this illuminating. And what a stunning little bird the Black-throated Canary is (or at least, was, before I yanked its feathers out).

Great Snipes making a comeback?

By |2020-05-16T15:19:58+00:00July 6th, 2016|Birds, Conservation, Identification, Videos, Waders|

Hard to believe today, but the Great Snipe used to be so common in South Africa that it was hunted in large numbers by snipers (yes, that's where the word comes from). It then disappeared for about 80 years. However, could two separate sightings in January 2015 herald a return of this spectacular wader? That would be great indeed.

Waders book: First look

By |2020-05-16T15:19:59+00:00June 5th, 2016|Birds, Books, Videos|

I am very proud to announce my new book: CHAMBERLAIN'S WADERS - the definitive guide to southern Africa's Shorebirds. Following in the footsteps of Chamberlain's LBJs, the book includes more than 600 new paintings, covers the ID and biology of 80 species and is packed with extra info. Watch this video to get a sneak peek at what the book will look like when it's done (towards the end of 2016).

Avian Architects

By |2020-05-16T15:20:03+00:00January 7th, 2016|Birds, Videos|

How many palm strips does it take to build a weaver nest? Foolishly, I dedicated a morning of my life to determine the answer to this question. In the process I discovered some fascinating aspects of weaver life, and gained even more appreciation of these beautiful, talented and energetic birds. Guess the answer, before you continue!