The Ultimate Birders Christmas Wish-list Part 4

Updated: Dec 29, 2020



We have been receiving very encouraging reactions from our readers, to our gift ideas for birders so far. Not only are the products high quality, practical and functional, but they are also sourced from companies or brands that we are proud to be associated with, and that have a strong conservation and sustainability drive. Here are the next lot of gift ideas to give that special birding someone in your life.


1) Zartek Two-Way Radios - Calvin Harris

Another fantastic addition to your birding adventures would be a pair of Zartek TX-8 two-way radios or as we all know them as, walkie talkies. If you've ever been birding with more than one vehicle or simply split up your group on foot, you know that communication between parties can be a challenge. This problem is solved with these rugged, long range radios. My first experience in using these were on a two vehicle journey up Sani Pass. The lead vehicle would call in any sightings for us in the second vehicle and vice versa. This added a completely new dimension to the trip as there wouldn't be any missed sightings amongst the party. They can prove vital in emergency situations and are just so fun to use (Roger, roger - over and out).


2) A pair of Hi-tec Altitude Infinity Hiking Boots - Christopher Flannery

If you are looking for a versatile pair of boots, you are definitely going to want to buy these boots. They have many great features:

- They are easy to put on. You do not have to struggle to get the boots on your feet

- They are comfortable. They are not simply built for hiking; they are also comfortable enough for day-to-day wear.

- They are neat enough to be worn when you are at work, but they are rugged enough that you can easily go birding straight after work without having to change them.

- They have amazing grip. You can walk in the bush with the confidence that you will not slip whilst climbing a slippery slope.

- They are breathable. They do not get oppressively hot – they allow your feet breathing room.

- They are waterproof. When you are walking outside and come across a puddle, you do not have to worry about getting your feet wet.

- They are tough enough to handle any amount of rough terrain. You don’t have to worry about them not being tough enough to handle your walk through the bush or hike up the mountain.

- They are light. Unlike other boots I have had, these are so light that they do not feel like bricks on your feet. This is a great plus if you are planning to go on a long hiking trip.

- They can be loose enough to allow you to tuck your pants legs in them. For those times when you are walking through high grass, this is ideal.


So, in conclusion, when are you buying your pair? I’m pretty sure that one of these points have convinced you that these are the boots you need for your next birding trip!


For more information please visit https://www.hi-tec.co.za/


3) A guided birding adventure with Expedition Birding - Adam Cruickshank

A day out with a bird guide must be one of the best gifts you can get a birder. On numerous occasions I have used guides and I have found that the days birding goes to a whole new level on enjoyment. Guides know the areas and the birds in the areas that they get to work in, which means that your chances of finding special species is increased. They also take care of a lot of the smaller details which means that you can just focus on seeing birds.


John Kinghorn and Toni Geddes are the founders of Expedition Birding – they are not only amazing birders, but their overall knowledge of nature is what adds to this great company. The Gauteng area has many great birding spots with some special birds, and a day out with Expedition Birding allows you to bird with people that are knowledgeable of the area. John and Toni overflow with passion not only for birds, but also for the clients that they will get to take out on a specific trip. They look to offer birding trips that won’t break your bank account, while at the same time not cutting back on offering their clients a special day out.


To book a trip with Expedition Birding either email expeditionbirding@gmail.com or WhatsApp 0835175471


4) Thunder Bird – Darling Brew – Tyron Dall

As the name suggests, this IPA is inspired by the Southern Ground Hornbill. Celebrate your latest lifer by sipping on this delicious brew which has aromas of citrus, supported by tropical flavours imparted by a well-defined dry-hop and a medium to full body. Whilst you are sipping you will also be pleased to know that you are dodging the glyphosate bullet, thanks to Darling Brew's use of the best quality, ethically sourced, organic or biodynamically farmed non-GMO grains.


Darling Brew is also Africa's first certified carbon neutral brewery. Darling Brew has been on their sustainability journey since opening in 2010, when they created their line of craft beers which drive awareness on animal conservation in Africa. The brewery has recently taken to openly and prominently displaying the month to month statistics on their water, waste, energy and carbon use in the hopes of including Darling Brew’s patrons in the journey and spreading awareness. The brewing and fermentation space is naturally lit wherever possible. They heat water with solar power. For the Tasteroom at the Darling site, the crates their machinery arrived in were turned into furniture and were used to build the bar. The mantra of ‘reuse, repurpose, recycle’ is the deafening drumbeat of their days.


For more information please visit https://darlingbrew.co.za/


5) Birds of the World Subscription - Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Calvin Harris

Have you ever found yourself wondering what species are to be found in the Galapogas Islands? Do you dream of trudging thr