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Campbell Fleming joined Birding Africa as an intern.

02 July 09

Campbell Fleming, a Cape Town scholar, avid birder and photographer, joined Birding Africa last month as an intern.

After joining two Cape trips - and photographing Hottentot Buttonquail! - he worked in the office writing the trip reports with Callan and learning from Marje and Deirdre.

Find out how Campbell got interested in birds and what his birding dreams are... read on below.

From left to right: Marje Hemp, Snoep, Deirdre Vrancken and Campbell Fleming in the Birding Africa office.

"My interest in birds was sparked at the age of seven when my mother brought an old copy of the Ian Sinclair photographic guide along with us on a holiday. At that point, birding was just something to occupy time on holidays and I didn’t have a full understanding of the field guide and range maps - I often mis-identified White-necked Raven as Verraux’s Eagle and even searched for African Pitta in the Transvaal! A few years later, we were driving in the Drakensberg near Qwa-Qwa and I saw my first Lammergeier. From then on, I was hooked and I became much more serious about birding.

In 2004, my family moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town which meant I could bird in the Fynbos and see many of South Africa’s endemic species. For two years, we were living right next to the Constantia Greenbelts with Knysna Warbler and Buff-spotted Flufftail (admittedly, only once) not far from our doorstep.

I am currently attending SACS high school where I take the subjects Physical Science, History and Biology. After school I will become involved in birds in some way, hopefully as a career but at least as a very serious hobby. My interests include hiking, photography (of birds, mostly), sport, travelling and of course birding.

My dream holiday would be an extensive birding trip through all of South Africa, especially the Northern Cape – an area which I have never visited. Another dream destination would be Madagascar and its incredible birds and mammals which Ian Sinclair described at a Cape Bird Club meeting earlier this year." (Campbell Fleming, July 2009).

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders.  We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.  We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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