Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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For several years I lived and birded in the south of Africa , and still have my battered second edition (1997) of the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, the most trusted local field guide. Before that, while you all know what South Africa is, what exactly is Southern Africa?

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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This time we travel to Africa, or to narrow it further, to the Afrotropical region (since the north of the continent avifaunally belongs to the Palearctic). SERVIR Africa Workshop. Finally, South Africa has three 400+ hotspots, namely 1 Mkhuze Game Reserve 458 sp.

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Dreaming of Africa

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Phoebe Snetsinger had that experience while birding East Africa for the first time and seeing as many birds as she did in the US for the previous 50 years.). In “Where to Watch Birds in Africa”, Nigel Wheatley says: “In terms of its size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa.” Trips Africa endemics Uganda

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Africa – Birding down Memory Lane

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Under that impossibly blue sky of Africa. Everything around you is new and the World is exciting again, or was it simply Africa? I did use the word “Africa” too many times. Trips Africa Botswana city birdsGaborone, Botswana; June 1999. Marvellous orange-pink sunrise high over the Indian Ocean… Then, landing on a small airport at Gaborone, Botswana. Impossibly bright blue sky. Billboards advertising safari operators in the north of the country.

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Pink in Africa

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Of course Africa could not to be left out of the pink weekend so I have researched all African species whose official or alternative names include the word “pink”. Definitely my personal favorite of Africa’s pink birds is the delicate Pink-throated Twinspot. Pink-backed Pelicans build untidy stick nests in tall trees usually near waterbodies but in tropical parts of Africa they even nest in villages and along roadways, as long as they are not persecuted.

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Shadows of Africa

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A dusty-red road leads me through Marico bushveld deeper into the 750 square kilometers large wilderness of the Madikwe Game Reserve – the 4th largest reserve in South Africa, home to 350 bird and 66 mammal species, some 4 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. This game reserve has 900 elephants – the second largest population in South Africa, after the Kruger National Park with 13,000. Trips Mammals South Africa

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Africa’s endangered species

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All the inhabited continents except Africa have experienced bird extinctions; however the 2012 update of the IUCN Red List shows a startling, but not altogether unexpected, trend in that more and more of our bird species are facing extinction. Even in Africa, where birds have co-inhabited the landscape with man since the evolution of our species, more and more bird species are joining the ranks of the threatened. Birds Conservation Africa endangered birds

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Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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The family Picathartidae consists of two very unusual birds; White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes , endemic to the Upper Guinea forests of West Africa; and Gray-necked or Red-headed , restricted to Lower Guinea forests of Central Africa. They diverged at approximately the same time as the rockjumpers (two quite unique bird species endemic to Southern Africa and now in their own family), and as a result for a while were even placed in the same family.

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“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001). As you probably know how mad about Africa I am, it comes as no surprise that I was head over heels when I spotted an announcement of a new Birder’s Guide to Africa. Is there a birder who doesn’t want to bird Africa?

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Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

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The history of Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is a slightly unusual one. It is a good place for South African birders, as several species are found here and nowhere else in South Africa, and it holds a small number of endemics that it shares with the Mozambique lowlands. The park did have a pack of African Wild Dogs, or Painted Wolves, the species I had gone to Africa to see. Birding Lion South Africa

Nyala, Southern Africa’s Stunning Antelope

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I’m a big fan of the antelopes, a group that is most commonly associated with Africa but which also occurs in Asia and, if you stretch the term to be cladistically meaningful, Europe and North America. But it is in Africa that the group reaches its most diverse, from the enormous Eland to the diminutive Suni, and a whole range of body types in between. Mammals antelope South Africa

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South Africa’s endemic birds

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My home country of South Africa can only be described as a birding paradise! In this post, I’d like to focus on a small selection of South Africa’s special endemic birds. The Cape Rockjumper (here a female) is best sought at Rooiels, on the east coast of South Africa, north of Cape Town. A plethora of colorful and busy sunbirds occur in South Africa, many of them filling niche’s occupied by hummingbirds in the New World. South Africa’s national bird is the Blue Crane.

Africa’s Barbets

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They occur in three biogeographic regions; the Neotropic, Afrotropic and Indo-Malaya ecozones, basically tropical South and Central America, Africa south of the Sahara and tropical Asia. In Asia, their 30 barbet species are placed into their own family Megalaimidae , and finally in Africa, we have 42 species in the family Lybiidae , the topic of this blogpost. In Africa, barbets occur throughout the continent from the tip of the Cape Peninsula to the fringes of the Sahara desert.

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The Storks of Africa

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Africa has more than its fair share of storks, with 8 of the world’s 19 species gracing the continent. This blogpost discusses and illustrates Africa’s stork species, with Shoebill added as a bonus or honorary stork! It is predominantly a wetland bird and most productive larger wetlands and lakes of Africa will support a population of these large, hulking birds that hang around the shallows searching for fish, waterbird nestlings and anything else remotely edible.

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Tanzania – Africa at its best

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Nowhere else in Africa do the preconceived ideas of the continent really exist in such living detail; tall, red-robed Maasai herding their skinny cattle, endless grasslands studded with flat-topped Acacia trees and grazed by herds of zebras and wildebeest, and dramatic volcanic calderas brimming with big game and fierce predators! A question I am frequently asked by birders and wildlife enthusiasts is: “ if I only visit Africa once, where should I go ?” Destinations africa tanzani

Clunker cars are choking Africa

Green Prophet

Clunkers from America, Europe and Japan clog the air in Africa. The idea was to ship them in shipping containers to his homeland in Ghana, western Africa. Some 80 per cent went to low- and middle-income countries, with more than half going to Africa.

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Week 16: South Africa and Kruger National Park

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After a very long day of 7 hours of driving, 11 hours flying and then 9 hours more driving, we have arrived at our temporary home here in South Africa. Daily park fees are such that we opted for the annual “Wild Card” that is good not only for Kruger, but nearly every park in South Africa. In the same first day plus a couple of hours, my Africa bird count is at 66 species. Trips Kruger National Park South Africa The Little Big Year

A Brief Tour of Uganda, The Pearl of Africa

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While much of East Africa is deforested, Uganda retains its trees, particularly in places like Bwindi Inpenetrable and Kibale National Parks, two of the largest and most important expanses of forest in the region. Birding Birds Africa Uganda

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Africa’s famous Big Five , but do you know there is also an equally fascinating Little Five ? Africa is famous for its large, charismatic mammals, and the Big Five epitomize the most sought-after of these fantastic beasts. Elephant The big – two species of elephant are now recognized as occuring in Africa, the smaller and more secretive Forest Elephant and the larger, more familiar African or Bush Elephant.

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Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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And so, I went on the American Birding Association Safari to South Africa. It was the right time of year, October–spring in South Africa, the right price, and the right people—president of the American Birding Association Jeff Gordon, energetic emissaries George Armistead and Liz Gordon, and, very importantly, fellow 10,000 Birds beat writer Adam Riley and the staff of Rockjumper, who masterfully organized and guided the ABA Safari. Trips ABA South Africa

Week 19: Out of Africa!

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And so we are out of Africa, or South Africa at least. Having done the lower end of South Africa, I truly long to get to see the parts farther north. Sunbirds, are in my interpretation, the hummingbirds of South Africa. The final destination for our time in South Africa, was the Rondevlei Nature Reserve. South Africa has certainly brought this clearly into focus. South Africa – 219 species.

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Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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It is now treated as its own species, confined to Africa and the tip of Arabia (Black Kites also migrate here from Europe and Asia). Birds kites South Africa Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November. My desktop simply can’t cope with the number and size of images that modern digital cameras produce, and this meant that I was finally able to start sorting through my many photos I took on my trip.

Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that. So instead let’s talk about South Africa’s best kept birding secret (at least outside of the country) Wakkerstroom. The area also had some star finds, including South Africa’s national bird and one of the finest-looking birds in the world, the Blue Crane , and the exceptional Yellow-breasted Pipit. Birding South Africa

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

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In Africa’s Great Lakes, better data collection means better fisheries management. The post Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries appeared first on Cool Green Science. Ideas

Week 25: A few of my South Africa Favorites

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With no real chance of any internet connection to report whatever new birds I am able to find, I am scheduling this photo essay featuring a few of my favorite pictures from Kruger National Park, South Africa. Trips Kruger National Park Little Big Year South AfricaI am out on an off shore boat trip, from Seattle, north thru the San Juan Islands, and if the weather permits, up into the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

Hoatzins invaded South America from Africa … by raft

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In Africa. go on to say that they believe the birds colonized South America from Africa and suggest that the most plausible explanation for this is that the birds traveled west across the Atlantic on “rafts” — huge floating tangles of debris often invoked to explain trans-Atlantic mammal dispersal events. But an out-of-Africa hypothesis certainly gives us more to ponder as we regard possible relationships with the African turacos and other clades.

Top wildlife destinations in North Africa

Green Prophet

North Africa may not enjoy the same popularity for its national parks as some of the other renowned spots spread across the continent, but that in no way should be a deterrent to visit. Toubkal National Park certainly makes for one of the best wildlife holidays in North Africa.

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Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

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I have to admit, I didn’t think it could when I left for Africa last year. I had a copy of Sasol’s eBirds of Southern Africa on my iPhone (and iPad), but I had bought it to brush up on my African birds in my spare time, like on bus trips or particularly long meetings. I had planned to buy a new copy of the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa when I arrived in Cape Town, to replace my 13 year old copy (which I brought as well).

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Monster locust swarm attacks Middle East and Africa

Green Prophet

There is a real life plague of biblical proportions happening now in East Africa. It’s hitting Ethiopian, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Eritrea – Horn of Africa countries and it’s threatening the Middle East. The locust outbreak in Yemen.

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International renewable org bolsters renewables in Africa

Green Prophet

Renewables are perfect for Africa where more than half of all people don’t have access to clean power. With Ebola flaring up again and corona taking over our lives, Africa is more vulnerable than ever.

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Oxford says Africa’s not going green this decade

Green Prophet

The study predicts that in 2030, fossil fuels will account for two-thirds of all generated electricity across Africa. The research also highlights regional differences in the pace of the transition to renewables, with southern Africa leading the way.

Exploring Africa by Train

Green Prophet

Africa is one of the most visited continents world over. Attracted by diverse attractions, many people flock to Africa including other Africans travelling around the continent. They say that when it comes to travelling, it’s the journey that matters most rather than the destination and as such, an increasing number of visitors to Africa and from Africa now prefer travelling via train. Below we highlight some of the most popular train travels in Africa.

Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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However Africa has more long tailed species than any other region, and this blog post celebrates a few of these fabulous birds. Africa’s impressive Long-tailed Widowbird by Adam Riley. Males of this large passerine sport a tail of over 16 inches (more than double their body length) that is proudly displayed to the dull females of the species in a spectacular, heavy and slow flapping aerial display, low over the grasslands of South and East Africa.

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Smuggled Parrots in South Africa

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A sad reminder of what is ultimately behind the birds you find in cages: birds being taken from the wild and subjected to horrible stress and, often, death. Even birds that were bred in captivity are still not domesticated, have wild instincts, and are not meant to live in cages. Asides

“Africa Needs Saving”—or is it the Other Way Around?

Elephant Journal

Adventure Enlightened Society Equal Rights Right Livelihood Africa africa needs saving african children attention green instagram posting photos to instagram Racism social media teju cole white savior complex travel to africa volunteer tourism volunteering white people white savior white savior complexYour average white savior social media post might look something like this: .

The Amazing Ancient Fishes of Africa

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish that can breathe air, hibernate and even fly. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Fish Weird Nature

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Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Green (Living) Review

But a new project spearheaded by Green Energy Africa has brought solar energy to 2,000 homes in Naiputa county alone, and put new power into the hands of women who sell affordable solar installations. Naiputa heads the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of the five women’s groups who purchase solar installations from Green Energy Africa at a discount and then transport them by donkey across villages and sell them for a 300 Kenyan Shillings or $3 profit.

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EQUATORIA–Walking 4,000 Miles Across Africa

Wend Magazine

Fisher will begin on the west coast of Africa in Lobito, Angola and will eventually end on the eastern coast in Pemba, Mozambique. Fisher’s walk across the continent, called EQUATORIA — A WALK ACROSS AFRICA will aim to connect the public to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a humanitarian organization that helps clear the remnants of conflict zones in order to make these areas safer and save lives.

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Cuckoos Tracked from England to Africa

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Tiny satellite tracking tags allowed scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology to track five cuckoos on their 5,000 km migration to Africa. The birds have dispersed rather widely: Four of the birds have already crossed the Sahara; two are in southern Chad, one is in northern Nigeria and the fourth one is in Burkina Faso. One cuckoo is lagging slightly behind the rest and has made it as far as Morocco. Birds, technology, and science together are simply fascinating. Asides

Vloggers South Africa

Elephant Journal

You probably know about the YouTube giants – PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles, the Vlogbrothers – but what about all of the smaller vloggers who make up a huge amount of the content produced on Social media? smaller YouTube channels don’t earn or pay well so why do video booger’s (vloggers) keep putting in the extra time and effort […].

Highschool kids develop algae superfood to feed Africa’s hungry

Green Prophet

Spirulina has been found to contain as much as 70% protein and as such can be a tremendous help to feeding countries such as those in Africa whose large populations suffer from high levels of malnutrition. The Gymnasia Herzliya students have developed a way to grow the algae in plastic drink bottles, an item that is plentiful all over Africa and usually discarded in trash dumps. Israeli Teens Bottle Algae in “Algeed” Superfood Project for a Hungry Africa.

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour: South Africa.

Elephant Journal

Marmot’s Lead Now Tour kicked off in South Africa with two major goals. Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Featured Columnists Inspiring (Wow) Africa Boulder bouldering climb Climbing fundraising NGO non-profit rock climbing South Africa travel world

China and Africa - Friends or Foes?

Blue Earth

In particular, China’s trade with Africa increased from a mere $2 billion in 2000 to $60 billion in 2010. . China loves Africa’s natural resources, low wages and easy exploitation of workers and the environment with little transparency. Since western democracies and the companies based there tend to shy away from juristictions were it takes bribes to make things happen, China has had little competition doing deals in Africa. So, Africa is in a tight spot.

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