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Simon van der Merwe - Young Birder of the Week - 23 February 2024

We are proud to announce our next African Young Birder of the Week.


This feature aims to showcase content from each featured birder, allowing us to celebrate young birding talent across the continent. Please share this post to spread the word about these amazing birders!


This feature is always done in proud collaboration with Young Wildlife Photographers of Southern Africa.



This week's Young Birder of the Week is Simon van der Merwe.


We asked him 6 questions to get to know him better.


Where are you from? Stellenbosch, South Africa


How old are you? 16 years old


How long have you been birding? I started birding mid 2023.


Do you keep a life list? Yes, I keep my lifelist on Birdlasser.


What's your favorite bird/s? Lilac-breasted Roller


What makes birding so awesome? Birding is amazing because it teaches us to appreciate even the smallest things in nature.


Click here to follow Simon on Instagram (@simonvdm_photography). Keep scrolling to see five of our favorite photos from Simon's Instagram profile.


Follow the Young Wildlife Photographers of Southern Africa on Instagram, and Facebook, or check out their informative website.



We selected five of our favorite photos from Simon's Instagram profile. Comment on the post and tell us your favorite of the five images.


Grey Heron
Ground Squirrel
Giraffe


Brown-hooded Kingfisher,

Lilac-breasted Roller


Click here to follow Simon on Instagram (@simonvdm_photography).




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