With more than 50% of the worlds population living in cities and several folks with interest and the financial ability to become involved in birding also living there,
it becomes evident that birding in urban areas is a good place to begin.
As large scale urbanization has taken place fowl have learnt to adapt to urban environments. Travelling into the wild areas of the world is clearly attractive
But where you are just beginning is a superb option. So no matter what urban area your home is in catch a pair of a notebook, a bird guide and binoculars and you are
Normally there is also a nearby bird club which will be more than happy to welcome new members and introduce you to the world of birding.
Some towns are clearly more effective than others. New York is reputed to be a great birding venue and so is Paris and London to mention only a few. Here in South
Africa Durban is not as bad a spot to begin as any. Its location means it provides a lot of edges including wooded coastal forest, esturine rivers,
Ocean beaches, well suburbia and mangrove swamps. Nearby are dams, rivers and highlands that provide a big variety of species. It’d be possible to
List well over 150 species in a days of birding that is tough if you travelled in a 50km radius from any stage in Durban, as several do on birding major day each year in November.
Durban lies in the area generally known as the sub-tropics and enjoys the fowl which are found along the Eastern Shore of South Africa that is heated by the Mozambique
top places in Kwa-Zulu Natal. A list of well over 350 fowl exists for this region and in summer when the migrants have arrived this is best cheap spotting scope especially an excellent spot to bird.
In his novel on “Best Birding Spots in South Africa” Hugh Chittenden records Umhlanga Sewerage Functions, Beachwood Mangroves, Umgeni River Mouth and Shongweni Dam as four of the