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African Young Birder of the Week - 5 January 2024

Updated: Jan 7

We are proud to announce the first African Young Birder of the week for 2024.


The goal of this feature is to showcase content from each of the featured birders, 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.



The second Young Birder of the Week to be featured on our website is Ruven Schoeman.


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


Where are you from? Cape Town, South Africa


How old are you? 16 years old


How long have you been birding? 4 years.


Do you keep a life list? 672 (world list) 572 (Regional list)


What's your favorite bird/s? Cinnamon-breasted Warbler


What makes birding so awesome? When you're out birding, you never know what you might get. In the sense of this uncertainty is where the fun lies. Sometimes less than other times, but you always remembered those when something completely unexpected came by, and that's what gets me going.


Click here to follow Ruvan on Instagram (@ruven_birdingsa). Keep scrolling to see five of our favorite bird photos from Ruvan'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 bird photos from Ruven's Instagram profile. Comment on the post and tell us your favorite of the five images.


Bearded Woodpecker, Kruger National Park
Natal Spurfowl
Cape Rockjumper. Rooi Els, Cape Town


Lesser-striped Swallow

Mountain Wheatear, Augrabies Falls National Park

Crested Serpent Eagle, Siem Reap, Angkor, Cambodia

Click here to follow Jarred on Instagram (@Jarred_wood_photography).

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