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Dan Hirschowitz


Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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Thanks Dan for highlighting a few of the sounds that all you guides and trackers use in locating various animals during your drives and walk abouts. I know the monkeys and baboons are terrific at sounding alarms, especially when predators are in the area, just to name a couple more.

Freddy is such a skilled and experienced tracker who clearly explains the various clues he uses to identify sightings.

The bush truly is a full sensory experience. I love all the various noises present.

Thanks for the great article on alarm calls and the beautiful bird sounds.

They help you find the predators that the guests so much want to observe. Wonderful how nature works and how the different animals and birds can give you the direction of the predator. Squirrels and monkeys also do alarm calls.

It’s such an art form and amazing to see the different process for finding animals! Loved the black and white lioness and cheetah shots by the way.

Dan, I really enjoyed the bird calls that you recorded. Thanks for just being quiet as that is the best way to track anyone bird, animal or human.

After reading Londolozi blog for 4+ years I’m delighted many times to learn new wrinkles. Be they about sounds, smells, trees, plants, insects, birds . . . or cats and such, I am fuller for the experience. Thank you, Dan.

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Very interesting! I have yet to develop a full appreciation for the reliability of alarm calls in the bush, but fascinating to hear that Wahlberg’s eagles and the kudu are among the most reliable. Which other animals prove reliable, and which are not so reliable? I’ve found that bush squirrels often make “alarm” calls that don’t have a clear cause, or could stem from a territorial squabble, and that spurfowl and guineafowl may or may not be panic calling at anything obvious!

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