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Keagan Chasenski

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Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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on The Big 5 of The Sky

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Nice writeup Keagan. I can never get enough of the saddle billed stork. My fav. Although the martial eagle is pretty majestic to watch.

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So, we’ve seen the first four. Plus last year spotted a secretary bird which had been on the ‘would like to see’ list. We also had kori bustard on the want list. Maybe this August . . .

Thank you Keagan for the 6 big birds of the sky. All over them are very impressive and plumage are beautiful. We have seen the hornbill and the vulture in the Kruger Park before. But I certainly would love to see the Pel’s fishing owl and to hear it’s call. It is good to know about these impressive birds, just look at the Martial eagles size and wing span. We saw the fish eagle and brown snake eagle in the Kruger as well. Such diversity in the animal and bird kingdom to be appreciated.

I like your Big 6 but I have to say that my list would include the Secretary bird. I’ve not seen many in the Sabi Sand but they are always impressive to observe, especially when walking through the grasses, hunting for snakes!

Wonderful photos of these impressive birds.
Thanks, Keagan

Thank you for a great article. There are so many iconic birds of Africa. I would also add the Grey crowned crane, the Shoebill, and the African fish eagle.

Keagan, Thanks for the enlightening descriptions of the Big 6! The images of some of them in flight were awesome!

Thank you for sharing these stunning birds. As a child I was an avid birdwatcher so I have a special bond to our feathered friends. It’s all about the greater experience right? The smaller animals, birds, insects and the flora – all included. Looking forward to our next visit

Great blog Keags!! Nice to learn new things about birds

Thanks for this informative and pictorial article about the big 5 plus one. I’ve been fortunate to see all but the Pel’s Fishing Owl during my visits to Londolozi, viewing the Saddle-billed stork this last time as well as a mature Bateleur Eagle. That was a first for both. I’m also going to add the Malachite Kingfisher as one to see – a truly magnificent little bird!

4 of 6! It’s nice to see so many birders on here. We aren’t always the most popular folks on safari but I think we are the coolest!

Thanks Keagan for the perspective on the birds of Africa and Londolozi. I really enjoy watching and studying the birds in my backyard.

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