About Me

My Birding Philosophy

I have been birding for around 25 years now, starting as a kid with OPM Prozesky’s black and white field guide. The frustration of identifying any bird was huge, and that I actually persisted with the hobby still amaze me.

What it taught me, was to appreciate every bird that I see, and to this day this is the philosophy I take with birding.  I see myself as a true birder, and finding lifers during an outing is just an added (and very welcome) bonus. This does not mean that I don’t twitch or chase, and should the opportunity arise I will willingly set out to find a rarity or special that is within a comfortable range. The chase, however, will never be to just tick that bird off my list, but all the birds in the area will be watched with equal pleasure.

To me birding comes down to the pleasure of being out doors, and seeing and observing as many birds and all other forms of wild life as I can. The pages on this website is mainly focused at what I have been fortunate to see and record.

I have been fortunate enough to have had a few of my photos and articles published:

  • Africa Birds and Birding: photos and articles on gardening for birds – Dec 2011 to Dec 2012.
  • Roberts Online and Roberts Multimedia 7.
  • Monographie des Fringilles Vol. 3, Michel Ottaviani, 2011
  • Cailles, Perdrix et Francolins de l’Ancien Monde, Hennache, A. & Ottaviani, M, 2011

 

Yellow-billed Kite, Olifants River

 

 

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