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Birds of the savannah

If someone talks about the savannah, most people will probably think about lions and elephants. Those species do indeed live there and they certainly are nice to look at! Still I can recommend everyone to pay also some attention in the birds around the pile of mammals. Of course there is the Ostrich, the largest bird in the world although it can’t fly. That’s a bird most people will still recognize and probably have on their Wishlist when they go on safari. And, to be fair, they are worth the trouble.

Hornbills of Africa

When you’re in Africa as a birder there is much to be seen. Although birds in the Netherlands certainly are nice to look upon and each bird is beautiful in it’s own way (except Egyptian Gooses they will always remain hideous), but Africa is a different playing field! Yes, sadly Egyptian Gooses are still an evil that can also not be avoided here, although at least here they are actually countable, but to compensate for the inconvenience there is a whole lot of other colourful birds. A family that I’ve grown especially fond of are the Hornbills. All colourful birds with huge beaks, what else do you want! That’s why I wanted to give this group of birds in a separate blog some extra attention.

Birding around Longyearbyen

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a 50 percent discount offer for a Polar Bear Special cruise around Spitsbergen. Sailing with an icebreaker to see polar bears? Count me in! Seeing a polar bear is something a lot of nature enthusiasts want to do at some point in their life and for me this was no different. The benefit of booking late is also that you don’t have to wait very long before the trip starts. So, after having had a long travel and a night sleeping on the floor of Gardermoen airport, my plane finally landed on the airport of Longyearbyen. The ship leaves tomorrow afternoon so I have time to do some birding before the actual trip starts. After I’ve put away my stuff it’s time to go birding!

Fighting immigrants in Israël

I thought I’d have a go at a clickbait title! During my visit in Israel the people I met all looked quite peaceful. The same thing couldn’t be said for the birds. The local birds all behaved nicely, but the immigrants went at it! Luckily the violence didn’t erupt too much, something that goes sometimes a bit different with humans.