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Barry Maitland-Stuart and his daughter spent their lockdown bird watching thanks to a fun activity book – the quality time together helped them spot 46 incredible birds too!


Johannesburg, South Africa (30 September 2020) – Barry Maitland-Stuart found out that Johannesburg has an incredible population of birds in every colour, shape and size. His awareness of the varieties of species started when his daughter got the Faansie Peacock bird book for kids.

Barry and his daughter live close to Delta Park in Randburg which is filled with birdlife. Delta Park is known as the green lung of northern Johannesburg and the park is home to the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary.

The sanctuary covers an area of 7.5hectars and is home to over 250 species of bird. The sanctuary has dams and hides and is a great escape to go bird watching for the day. The park was once considered unsafe but through new funding and community involvement, it is being restored to its former glory as one of the city’s oldest sanctuaries.

As Barry and his daughter live so close, they were able to identify 46 species of bird in their garden. Barry shared a thread on Twitter about all the birds spotted in his garden and now we can’t wait to get our bird books and binos out to see if we can beat his score!

Take a look at all his sightings below.

Sources: Twitter
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