If you have a copy of Faansie’s Bird Book, I would love to hear what you think! Send me a Voicenote on Whatsapp, on 0845151207 and tell me what you like (or don’t like) about the book. The book is made for kids, so kids must review it. Looking forward to your messages!
The Bird Nerd Game
What’s your Bird Nerd Score? Normally, every bird counts the same: 1. I think that’s a little unfair. So I came up with a new game where rare birds count more. You also get bonus points for some special species. Calculate your Bird Nerd score, and email it to me. I’ll upload it to this website. Send me an email to email@example.com, with this information:
- Your name
- Your lifelist (the number of bird species you’ve seen)
- Your Bird Nerd Score
- Your favourite bird
- The bird you would most like to see one day (Top Target).
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCORES, AND FIND OUT HOW THE GAME WORKS.
These are all from my book: Faansie’s Bird Book – A fully fledged field guide for kids (click here to preview; click here to order). You can use the book to see which colours go where. But you don’t have to stick to the right colours if you don’t want to. Why don’t you email me your picture, and we’ll put it up here? The African Green Pigeon is a little more advanced. Enjoy!
Click on the picture to open a bigger version. Save, print and go nuts!
The Bird Nerd Checklist
The list of birds that you will find in the back of Faansie’s Bird Book is not the same as other checklists. It only includes birds that occur in SOUTH AFRICA (and not our neighbouring countries). Also, it does not include the super-rare vagrants that very few birders have seen. The total for the Bird Nerd list is 722 species – I think you’ll agree that that is enough to keep you busy! You can download the list right here…
If you print this on A3, and do some basic origami, you’ll end up with a nice little checklist that you can slip into the plastic sleeve of your copy of Faansie’s Bird Book. For instructions on the printing and folds, click here.
Laat hierdie druk op ‘n A3 papier. Dan moet jy bietjie origami (voukuns) doen. As alles reg loop, sal jy eindig met ‘n netjiese klein, voubare afmerklysie wat jy in die plastiese omslag van jou Faansie se Voëlboek kan inglip. Vir intruksies, kliek hier.
Do you know your bird calls? Try this fun challenge for bird call beginners and see how many you can identify. You are welcome to save these recording I made for ringtones or whatever. Here’s one to get you started…