Lockdown: Bringing the world of birds to you instead
You may not be able to leave your home right now during lockdown in South Africa. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience the magical world of birds – from your couch.
The Coronavirus is also playing havoc with bird lovers across the Overberg. Whereas we’d love to be out experiencing the region’s birdlife (including the return of the Temminck’s Courser to our partner, the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area), instead we’re helping to stop the spread by staying home.
So instead of heading out to experience the world of birds, we’ve been scouting for opportunities to bring the world of birds to you. Here are some of our favourites – on telly, podcast, apps and social media.
TV: Netflix and DSTV
This well-known series on Netflix, narrated by David Attenborough, is a multi Emmy-award winning series on some of the richest habitats on earth (this limited series also includes bird species, but goes far beyond).
These podcasts do not refer to our local birds – but they’re interesting nonetheless.
This podcast tells rich stories of the natural world, and especially birds. It connects the ways and needs of birds with the lives of listeners. www.birdnote.org
Out there with the Birds:
This podcast is presented by Bird Watcher’s Digest, and provides trends and anecdotes on wild birds and the bird watchers who enjoy them. www.birdwatchersdigest.com
CHECK OUT THESE INTERACTIVE FIELD GUIDES WHILE YOU’RE SITTING AT HOME. IT’S GREAT TO SUPPORT THESE GREAT APPS
Photographers on Instragram
Be sure to use this time to start following these wonderful birding photographers on Instagram:
Image credit: Sharon Brink.