Werner (23) has been interested in birding since an extremely young age and has travelled the Southern African sub-region extensively in his pursuit for all things avian. His travels have taken him on road trips through South Africa’s endemic rich West Coast, enjoying eastern bushveld specialties in the famous Kruger National Park, birding in altitudes of over two-thousand meters above sea level in the incredibly scenic Drakensberg in his quest for Drakensberg Siskin and Rockjumper and persevering through the oft times ‘dead’ birding that is to be had in Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s Miombo woodlands. When Werner isn’t birding, he is flying in a diminutive little Cirrus SR20 whereby he is completing his Commercial Pilot’s License, and even then he still can’t seem to shake off his avian obsession and keeps a fast growing list of over 50 species that he has seen whilst in the air.
Having officially started a bird list at the tender age of 15 but having been birding with his father for many years prior, Werner has seen over 800 species to date in the southern African sub-region, making him one of the highest ranking registered under 30 lister’s according to Youth Africa Birding’s national rankings. Having competed in three South African Birding Big Days, Werner is no stranger to what goes into planning a 24 hour day dedicated to pure birding and brings with him birding expertise, a true South African sense of humor and a sense of light heartedness to the team, all of which will prove invaluable through the duration of our trip. Werner also took part in the 2017 Champions of the Flyway race.
Although birds are his main interest, Werner also enjoys all other forms of biodiversity particularly frogs, mammals and reptiles. Werner contributes on a regular basis to both the Southern African Bird Atlas Project as well as to various conservation related organizations whether it be through raising funds or awareness and spends a lot of his free time exploring and birding his local patch.