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South African Country Life - - Birding -

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.”

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