eacock. Is nominative determinism perhaps the reason Faansie Peacock's a professional birder? Certainly he lives and breathes birds and has more than a hint of birder DNA in his cell nuclei. And thanks to his novelist grandfather, writing is in his genes. “My surname is a valuable marketing tool,” says Faansie. “If not my destiny.”
2 ¿ % % of birds, although surprisingly not of doves
: % ! and African Openbills. “My parents gave me a love of nature when I was young, and always nurtured this,” says Faansie.
One of his fondest birding memories is of a dispute with his father over the morphological
; % % Faansie insisted that Bateleurs had a crest, and to prove his father wrong, he dug up the old family Roberts ¿ his father was right, and that Bateleurs did not have crests, Faansie sneakily amended the plate with a marker pen. Perhaps this was why he became a bird artist.
“For a curious, intelligent youngster, birds
< 3 enough to keep you fascinated for a lifetime, but an attainable goal and easy to relate to as they communicate as we do, visually and through sound.”