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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on What Birding has Meant For Me (And Can For You!)

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World is colourful! I particularly like Ducks, ostrich and Guineafowl but small birds are so beautiful as well. Very interesting article, you combined scientific information and wonderful pictures thank you

Thank you Francesca, I’m glad you enjoyed the read!

What a great post, Robbie! With exquisite images to boot. Well done, especially the bee eater and the parrot. So that’s what a robin chat looks like – I love its song, but have never seen one properly. I hope to see you and Trevor in November – let’s make birds our #2 priority.:-)

You’ll have to have your fixed 800mm at the ready, I look forward to that! See you soon Martha!

Robert, we love your blog about birds! We have noticed how they can provide important info about what is going on in the surroundings if you are smart enough to be quiet and listen. Your images are beautiful and we like the idea of tracking the number of different birds we see, or if we are lucky – photograph!

You’re exactly right, thank you Michael and Terri!

Birds are responsible for my current passion of photography. Hiking in the woods, listening for bird songs and then trying to locate the bird and follow its movements until I have an opportunity to obtain a photograph never gets old. It is always a challenge and a joy. Plus it is something I have been able to do during the pandemic while maintaining social distancing. Without the great outdoors, and birding photography, the last 19 months would have been so much worse. Your photographs are excellent and you are so right about the benefits of birding.

Photographing birds can be very tricky, but just as rewarding – like you say! Thank you for your comment, Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

Hi Robert, you have a beautiful blog together with stunning birds showing off their colour and plumage. Each one has something unique about it, the little malachite kingfisher diving down is a magnificent foto. The Lilac-breasted roller has so many different colours and I have seen them in the Kruger as well. The little Half Collard Kingfisher is also a stunning bird full of colour.

I’m glad you enjoyed the article Valmai, thank you for your commentary.

Awesome Blog ,Robbie birds are always special for me at Londo especially walking around the camps !

Thank you, Tony! Yes, sometimes the most rewarding bird sightings are around camp!

Just loved this blog Robert ! My father was an avid bird watcher and as we were in White River I got to know all the beautiful birds, their calls and habits of Southern Africa. For the past 45 odd years I have lived in the Mediterranean but mainly on the sea, and my recognition of bird calls has somewhat diminished. But we are lucky to live on an island (Malta)… that is right in the migration path so I do get so see some of the birds that I was familiar with as a child. Just loved all the bird song…brought back wonderful memories of the bush 💗. We do get the Scops Owl who is a frequent visitor to Corfu…would this be the same African Scops owl …as the sound was not quite as I know it? Fabulous photos by the way 🙏🏻❤️

The Scops Owl you see (and hear) in Corfu would likely be a Eurasian Scops owl, slightly different to the African Scops owl that you would remember from White river. They are very similar however and belong to the same genus, Otus. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog, Cally. Thank you for your comment!

Thank you Robert for this blog on the Birds of Africa and the great descriptions and information. Unfortunately those that go on a safari are mostly interested in the “Big 5” and miss out on the beauty of our fine feathered friends. I am a bird lover and greatly enjoyed reading this and loved the pics. Thanks for sharing with us.

You’re welcome, Leonie. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Great blog Rob! I’ve not been much of a “birder” but my last visit at Londolozi has ignited a much keener interest in listening to and watching birds. I don’t see such an interesting variety where I live, but certainly keep looking!

I don’t doubt it after having Kirsten as a guide! I’m glad to hear you are taking up a slight interest in birding, Denise. Thank you for your comment.

Beautiful birds, wonders of the world we live in. Each adapted to their lives in their own ways. Thanks Robert for the pictures.

You’re welcome, William.

Wonderful blog on birds. They are so clever and beautiful. And „collecting“ them, their names and pictures can become addictive

I’m glad you enjoyed the read, Christa. Thank you.

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Fantastic article! What would the bush be without these amazing little creatures? Their peaceful chatter, colours and constant busyness, makes birds such exciting characters of the bush!

They sure do! Thank you, Carly.

Loved this post Robert. Birding is one of our favourite things to do in Africa and at home in Canada. We have volunteered at a bird banding station near our home in Southeastern Ontario, where they band thousands of birds between the 2 migration seasons (Spring and Fall) as they move between northern Canada and the Caribbean and South America. This station also bands the most Saw-whet Owls in Canada. This gives us a great opportunity to photograph birds up close. Can’t wait to visit Londolozi to see some of your birds.

That sounds like an amazing project, I’m sure it must be interesting to gather data on all of the migratory birds. We cant wait for you to visit either, Barbara!

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