Dear Friends, Rhodies and Countrymen,
Following the success of “Tales of the Game Rangers” that brought, and still brings, endless pleasure to families that love nature and the great outdoors, TALES OF THE BIRDWATCHERS is a unique addition to our collection and is aimed at adults and children on learning and identifying birds by their calls. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities amongst families and you need not even go out of your yard as there are so many species in your very own garden or even in the concrete jungle.
We have decided to use the song “Kick the wheel” from the “Tales of The Birdwatchers” to launch this unique CD; the story and sound of “The Black Backed Puff Back Shrike”. John’s theme for this story includes mountain biking; also one of the fastest growing family pastimes in the country. Once you have heard the story of a little boy and his mountain bike you will recognise the call of the Puff Back Shrike. John cleverly uses the tempo of bird calls to determine the rhythm and melody of the songs! All the bird calls on this CD were given to us by Dick Reucassel and Len Gillard, the pioneers of wildlife sounds. They were so impressed with Tales of the Game Rangers that they gave John the rights to use their calls in his stories and songs to help educate children and adults alike.
People of virtually any age can participate in bird watching and children often have an innate curiosity about animals, so they delight in observing birds in their natural habitats. Because bird-watching does not require extensive activity, even the elderly can enjoy this pastime.
South Africa is a top birding destination and has over 840 species listed. It has the highest number of endemic and near-endemic birds in Africa with more than 140 birds in this category and 19 true endemics. Most of these species are confined to South Africa's unique biomes (large, naturally occurring communities of flora and fauna): grassland, Fynbos, Forest, Bushveld, desert and Karoo. The migratory birds are generally present from November to April.
Finding the Birds; the extensive prevalence of birds is the main reason that so many people can participate in this hobby. Birds can live in abundance in backyards, around homes, in cities and in parks. Anyone can work to attract birds for observation. A few feeders stocked with the foods that local birds eat should lure feathered friends. It’s also possible to visit natural areas such as parks and wildlife refuges to observe birds in their natural habitats.
Bird Identification; this is where the “TALES OF THE BIRDWATCHERS” comes in perfectly. Listen to the story that gives you all the information on where the bird occurs, what he eats, about his nesting habits and more plus a kiddies story, then follows the sing-a-long song. Learning to identify birds takes time and practice. A field guide that includes all birds local to your area will help with bird identification. The field guide will contain information about size, colouring, patterns, beaks, feet, behaviour, and diet. Successful bird identification also takes patience because birds can be challenging to observe. Binoculars and a camera can assist with identification as well.
The Best Time to Bird-Watch; Birds tend to be the most active during the transitional periods of the day. Some birds are active during the day, while others are nocturnal. Both types of birds usually become active when the sun is coming up or going down. During hot weather, birds are inactive during the hottest periods of the day.
Birding Clubs; Veteran and beginner bird watchers can benefit from joining birding clubs. Birding clubs often schedule field trips for members to visit habitats. Birding clubs usually have meetings for members to gather and share tips and information about bird-watching. By joining a local birding club, you can learn about the native birds that live in your local area.
Birding Ethics; while observing birds is a popular hobby, birders must abide by standard birding ethics. The premise of these guidelines is to avoid harming or impacting birds in any way as a result of bird-watching. Birders should not engage in activities that cause stress or anxiety for birds. Birders should endeavour to leave no trace of their presence in bird habitats.
So all you have to do is get a copy of our new “TALES OF THE BIRDWATCHERS” and plant a small seed of encouragement with a young boy or girl; even a senior citizen to start a brilliant new hobby! So come on folk Enjoy this inspiring brand of wholesome family entertainment as birds of a feather will all flock together.
Last but not least, a huge thank you to all Rhodies, aviators and friends that supported the “Spitfire” concert in July, this show was a concert with a difference and a huge success and enjoyed by everyone present. Although the flying friends of SAAF Museum need millions for their project, every few hundred or thousand rands is a step forward in getting this magnificent machine airborne again.
Our next RHODIE concert on 22nd SEPTEMBER AT MARLOTH PARK in Mpumalanga. See poster below for more details. If you have family or friends in that area please let them know, trust we will see you all there.
Yours in Music and birding. We will keep tweeting until next time……..
THE ROAN ANTELOPE BIRDING-MUSIC-TEAM.