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Maans Booysen is a specialist bird guide and naturalist with many years of experience in safari guiding in Southern Africa.

He was based at Madikwe Game Reserve for many years where he conducted game drives and walks in Big Five country and is registered with Theta and FGASA. He has guided in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. He was also a game farmer for 25 years in the Thabazimbi Bushveld area adjacent to Madikwe Game Reserve. 

He is also a keen photographer and some of his work is starting to creep into publications like Africa Birds and Birding, African Bird Club, and also in Field Guides eg: The
COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE BIRDS of Southern Africa.By Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan, The Raptor Guide of Southern Africa. By Ulrich Oberprieler and The Ultimate Companion for birding in southern Africa. By Geoff McIlleron and Peter Ginn,The CHAMBERLAIN BIRDING GAUTENG. By Etienne Marais & Faansie Peacock. He was all so included as a team member for a Bird survey with National Geographic in Angola, Namibia & Botswana with Wild Bird Trust and @intotheokavango led by Dr. Steve Boyes.


There was also 2300 of his photos  selected for inclusion in the Roberts Online website, as well as in the Roberts VII Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa Program.


Gerhard Booysen is a keen birder and naturalist with many years of experience in safari guiding in Southern Africa. He had completed the Specialist Bird Guiding course with Bruce Lawson at Pafuri KNP. He is registered with FGASA and is also a keen photographer. He is assisting Maans with the tours.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 December 2015 06:52 )  


Text and photographs by Dan Nuttall 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding February 1998 Vol.3, No.1)

A first sighting is a rare pleasure, something that lingers in the minds of most birders. Today is no exception. What makes this particular sighting so indelible is my awareness that very few people have seen this species. But here, literally in hand, are 12 Olive-headed Weavers - an intriguing and rarely seen species. Courtesy of Robert Prys-Jones, I am sitting amidst the vast avifaunal collection of the Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, England. The collection forms a part of the larger faunal collection of the British Natural History Museum.