The Birding Life Podcast has been up and running for scrutinizingly 2 years now – what started as a lock-down project, has grown vastitude what I could have overly imagined. I have been worldly-wise to speak to some wondrous people in the world of birding, and have had the privilege of stuff worldly-wise to interview people that I have considered to be personal heroes of mine. What has been most heady is to know that people out there listen to the show and are learning and getting inspired by it. As we go into the Christmas season, I have compiled a list (inspired by Tim Ferriss’ list) highlighting the top 10 podcast episodes from 2021. I have simply looked at the value of downloads each episode got – I know that this isn’t a perfect measurement, but I do finger it gives a pearly reflection of what episodes have been most popular. So, if you have some time this December, it may be a unconfined idea to go when and reservation up on or re-listen to some episodes. Before I requite the top 10, it is interesting to squint at where we get the most downloads from: 1) 45.5% - United States 2) 28.4% - South Africa 3) 8.9% - United Kingdom 4) 4.2% - Canada 5) 3.5% - Australia So now without remoter ado, here is the Top 10 for 2021: 1) Season 1 Episode 62 – Peter Harrison – this is a fantastic episode to listen to with Flock to Marion happening early in 2022. This is the episode I was most nervous to record –it's an opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading seabird experts. 2) Season 1 Episode 42 – A Birder's Guide to Kruger – this episode with Mark Cronje did really well. I know I wanted to typesetting a Kruger trip without listening to this episode! 3) Season 1 Episode 75 - Vultures: What's the Big Deal? – An episode that presented sound challenges, while recording the episode, there was a massive storm where Ben Hoffman was recording – if you listen thoughtfully you will hear the rain drops on his tin roof! But the content was fantastic, and I learnt so much. 4) Season 1 Episode 65 – Steps to Better Birding – Keanu Canto is one of the unconfined minds in South African birding, and it was a privilege to get to yack to him well-nigh his tideway to birding. This is one of my personal favourite episodes. 5) Season 1 Episode 60 - Richard Flack – Richard shows that it is possible to be incredibly talented and unobtrusive at the same time! This episode is an opportunity to learn from one of the world’s weightier bird photographers. 6) Season 1 Episode 68 - Slow Birding – I heard Bridget Butler on the ABA Podcast and knew that I had to get her on the show. Her tideway to birding has challenged me in so many ways and has led to some very special encounters with birds. 7) Season 2 Episode 5 - Mouse Free Marion Project – I am excited that this episode did so well, it was unconfined to highlight this special project and learn increasingly well-nigh this important location. 8) Season 1 Episode 69 - Caprivi Strip Birding – Marc Cronje gets a second episode in the top 10! This was flipside unconfined episode exploring this desirable birding location. 9) Season 2 Episode 6 - An Epic Cape Town Weekend – Garret Skead is not only a unconfined birder, but he is moreover a fantastic person. This episode gives all the weightier spots to see birds in and virtually Cape Town – and a whole lot more! 10) Season 2 Episode 4 - Birding Sani Pass – Aldo Berruti a well-known name in South African birding gives all the information you will need to do a birding trip up Sani Pass. Aldo’s intimate knowledge of the zone makes this a very special episode Thanks for everyone’s support during 2021 – we fathom everyone that takes the time to listen to the podcast. We moreover fathom every guest that has given up their time to towards on the show - we loved having you all on the journey.

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