There are sad news on the website of Bird Life South Africa today.
Ken Newman, well-known bird expert, painter and author, passed away.
Here is the article from Bird Life South Africa's website.
Ken played a pivotal role in the popularisation of bird watching in South Africa through the publication of numerous books, which have sold nearly a million copies. His ability to capture the âjizzâ of birds in his illustrations have made his field guides an essential companion for so many birders. His abilities extended to painting and lecturing and his commitment to ornithology and conservation was reflected through his presidency of both the South African Ornithological Society and BirdLife South Africa. He was still President of BirdLife Sandton at the time of his death. Ken was the first non-scientist recipient of the prestigious Gill Memorial Medal. In May this year, Kenâs life-long contributions to birding and conservation were recognised by his being awarded a BirdLife South Africa Owl Award.
For those fortunate enough to have known Ken, he will be remembered for his unfailing gentlemanly manner. Time in the field with him was a privilege â one happily shared by many people.
His contribution to birding will live on, especially through his field guide, and one can expect to hear, âDonât forget your Newmanâsâ for many years to come.
Source: Bird Life South Africa