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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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Senior Digital Ranger

Great bird series. When we were last at Londolozi I really didn’t pay much attention to them. I will definitely pay more attention this trip!

Stunning photographs!!

Senior Digital Ranger

I loved looking for the differennt birds when I was there. Lilac breasted Rollers and Bee Eaters were my favorite

Stunning pictures Dan and a great blog.
However, what’s the point of my taking part in the discussions if I still don’t get the points?

Great Job Dan,love all the articles that focus on one of my bush passions -‘The Birds.” I liked all of them and the messages you brought out and especially enjoyed the Lilac Breasted Rollers with their catches and honored you chose to include my photo of the Fish Eagle .

Fantastic fish eagle shot, Tony!

I remember so well my first visit to Londolozi, and I wrote in the guest book as part of my comments, “Came for the leopards, stayed for the birds!” Great bee eater and kingfisher pictures. I’m envious!

I generally am not a birder but I’ve come to appreciate and recognize many South African birds, mostly due to my rangers and travel companion. My work email photo is a malachite kingfisher. My doctor’s chart ID is a male jacana with babies tucked under his wings. And on and on it goes . . . Especially love the various eagle photos here.

Even when we are not interested in bird watching, they enrich our world by their territorial and often delightful songs. Just imagine a world without birds… so still and lacking in motion and colours! Besides their importance as pollinators and more as you perfectly wrote. Lovely pictures

I really like birds but don’t know as much about them as I should. I feed birds in my back garden and love seeing what appears. That’s why recently on a This Week In Pictures I was delighted to see a bright blue Starling as the ones I feed are brown.

The African wildlife soundscape wouldn’t sound right without the “work harder” of the turtle dove, and as much as I love African wildlife in general I’m left thinking where is the seagull?

Dan your blog has an abundance of information and stunning foto’s of birds. The colours of the birds amazes me. Tony your foto of the Fish eagle tacking flight is absolutely gorgeous. I live in a reserve and here are are quite a number of birds here as well, displaying their colour plumage. I really do hope the point system will be sorted out quickly, it is disturbing to comment on stories and get replies but our point stay the same.

We have been birders for almost 30 years. It has taken us all over the world on “eco” trips. Eventually, we let up on the birding and became more amateur naturalists. So, birds will open the world to you if you let them….and they will also tell you when the world is on trouble. Listen.

I couldn’t agree more that watching the birds adds so much to a safari! I never paid much attention to birds until my first trip to the bush but now I look forward to seeing all the colors and sounds and behaviors of all the various species!

Terrific images of some of the many bird species. Whilst I have a long way to go in identifying birds, I have learned about and photographed a few new ones to add to my collection. They are fascinating.

Senior Digital Ranger

Brilliant pic of the lilac-breasted roller catching a meal!

Not to mention that some of the best birding tends to happen while sitting waiting for sleeping cats to yawn and stretch and get active!

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