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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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Tayla it is so rewarding to see birds hoping around looking for insects and everywhere they go they chat as well. We have quite a few bird species around our house which feed on fruit. We put out different fruits for them under a huge tree, and my husband made a little water pond with running water in which they can drink and bath as well. They absolutely love it. We also put some bread crumbs out and some grated cheese for the Cape Wagtail and the Cape Robin Chat. The birds that eat the fruit are the Black Collard Barbet, Cape White Eye, Dark Capped Bulbul just to mention a few. We also have two species of sugar birds here and I put out sugar water for them right outside my front door, so I can sit peacefully and watch them. Gives us great pleasure to feed them and watch them.

Thanks Tayla, watching the birds in my backyard is a real treat which I enjoy everyday.

Talya, loved 🤗

Tayla, loved 🤗

Thank you Joan.

Are these birds seasonal? Would love to see the White-throated Robin-chat and Red-capped Robin-chat during our mid-July visit.

Your story relaxed me as I read it! Great advice and a reminder that we need to stop and experience nature right around us.

Thanks for the reminder to keep aware and present wherever we are. Birding is an easy activity requiring not much save for a good pair of binoculars, as needed. I’m grateful for the bird tutelage provided by Kirst during my visit last month, for as a non-birder she turned me into a person who began to actively look for them, and I’m continuing to look now at anything that flies.

I have been enjoying sitting on my back porch just watching the birds come and go!

I have fond memories from my childhood, living in White River, of the incredible variety of birds that visited our garden. I still enjoy the migratory birds that fly through Malta on their yearly passage from North to south, or visa Versa, though sadly Malta has a long hunting season together with an age old tradition for the sport so one has a very small window to enjoy some of the magnificent birds that rest here before moving on. So I put out seed and fruit and have a bird bath for the ‘city dwellers’..mainly sardinian warblers, red starts, wheat ears and of course tons of sparrows..but they entertain me well ! Together with hummingbird moths, dragonflies and my geckos and lizards that come for their daily slice of apple I’m kept entertained. I certainly look forward to sitting on the deck or on a game drive at Londolozi reliving the variety of birds I grew up with 🙏🏻💕…one day soon I hope …

Lovely! I love watching birds, at home, at Londolozi, on drives. And I like ticking off birds on a bird list…

Lovely, thank you! I love to watch birds here and I feed them as well. We have black birds, doves in various forms and sizes, various tits, robins, etc. Many years ago we had an avary, with amongst others, blue waxbills. But when we came to Africa and saw those birdies in the wild, we loved that so much, we never replaced the birds in the avary when they died, because wild is so much better…..

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Your daily expedition of bird watching is such a contrast to what I see from my front walkway here on the mainland, Miss Tayla!
As of late, there are baby Hawks nesting in the trees out and about on the property where I live (out in what’s called “High Desert.” Many mornings, I’ll see a HUGE Hawk flying about. it’s so majestic. At present, there seems to be a mother Hawk nesting on my roof, as I saw her wings amidst her shadow the other day. That kind of siting leaves your eyes wide open and your heart beating!h On the rare occasion, I’ll see a grouping of 5 huge black vultures swirling, which is not the norm to be seen in the outskirts of the city! On a simple note, We have masses of pigeons flying about and black crows hopping and bobbing.
In comparison to your sightings, it’s the rare moment to see a Red Bellied Robin, all the while I see loads of chirping finches, and Hummingbirds coming by to say hello, and to looking for a sweet drink.
All in all, birdies in their gentlest form, are so charming and sweet.

Tayla, when I really started watching the birds is when I found the answer to a question that I had. Who was making these strange circles near my tree. I didn’t know what animal could be doing it. One day after doing some weeding in my yard and smoothing that area out, I noticed the birds making the circles as they did a dust bath. Now, I pay attention to their habits and to their calls. I’ve watched fledglings being fed by one of the parents and how it starts to take short flights before gaining its full flight capacity. I’ve learned I can have a small safari in my back yard if I stop, look, and listen.

Wow Linda! So amazing to see all of that in your back yard.

Great shots Tayla! We especially love the one of the Blue Waxbill!

Thank you Michael and Terri.

Sounds both interesting,as well as a beautiful afternoon! South Africa has so many beautiful birds, it makes your head turn. Thank you for sharing! Victoria

Terrific reminder to pay attention to little details wherever one is Tayla!!! Thank you!

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