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Subsong in my Lockdown neighbour

By |January 24th, 2023|Categories: Birds, FIREFINCH, Videos, Vocalisations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Birds|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 |September 18th, 2018|Categories: 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...

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

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

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...

Faansie versus Harlequin

By |May 10th, 2018|Categories: Reptiles, snakes|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

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

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.