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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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research at the University in Antwerpen learned that the brain of birds change in mating time ,as they use a bigger variety in songs , later on the “tumor” disappears again

I always love your blogs Jess. Bird songs are the music of the bush, or in our gardens. I can’t imagine waking in the morning or going to sleep at night without the bird sounds.

Jess, I love birds too, but however most of the people I am with on game drives do not like looking at birds!

Your words ring true referring to the relationship between humans and birds. The melodic sounds are delightful and soothing….. although there are a few species that resonate more shrill than sweet. It is interesting to note that birdsongs have been used throughout history by composers and clergy to create music and chants. Thank you for the reminder.

I was wondering about this, but do you find it helps you to remember the call when you have a picture of the bird calling and can associate the bird with the call? For someone unfamiliar with the calls and most of the specific IDs of the some of the less common birds, it seems a bit daunting to remember or be able to know which bird is calling and what it looks like. Of course I am familiar with birds and their calls here in the States, but wanted to know if that helps in any way?

Lovely blog, Jess. I’m one who appreciates birds and feeds them year around. Consequently I wake-up early every morning to symphony of birds singing and welcoming the day. Wonderful way to begin a day. And nothing is cuter than looking up and seeing a wee fluffy bird, perched on a limb, with it’s head back and joyfully singing a song louder and bigger than he is. So glad our world isn’t silent, aren’t you?

My husband and I have enjoyed the birds at Londolozi on each of our stays there – the sounds included. But, to be honest, we love them everywhere and worry about their struggles. Thanks for a touching piece – I did not know about the chants and the birds!

When I hear the call of the bushveld birds, then I know I am on holiday in Kruger , a gteat feeling!

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