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Birds of the African garden

Although the average Dutch garden does contain more birds than one might initially think, the African garden is something else. Here no Blackbirds or Finches but very different birds. In some ways the basis stays the same, they also have doves here, but there is a lot of stuff  on top of that.

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 in Oslo, my plane finally landed at the airport of Longyearbyen. The ship will depart 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!

Common Myna’s working on their reputation

Common Myna’s are birds that originate from India. Because people weren’t all that careful with the spreading of these birds they’ve enlarged their original area quite a bit. They occupy a respectable third place on the IUCN-list of the worst invasive species in the world. So an immigrant that inspires fear for a good reason! The other side of the Common Myna is that it’s success doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it is a very smart bird which is also not too picky about its food. Apart from that it stays loyal to its partner for its whole life, something most local bird species might learn a thing or two of!