Gone, but Not Forgotten
Finding the Laughing Gull
Follow your leader
Male Caspian Tern parents lead the way
Rest & recover
The diverse functions of stopovers for migrants
The Great Divide
Birding the Swartberg Pass
Gough Island Blues
It was 14 December 2021 and I was feeling pretty good.
Maputo National Park, Mozambique
Cape Gannets eat a diversity of fish and the occasional squid and also scavenge from trawlers.
Conserving Forest Birds
The benefits of protected area status
Adventures in a floating hide
Widespread decline of Kenya's raptors
TOO SOON TO panic
Are false-alarm flights beneficial?
the other ANGOLA
Atlasing in the Eastern Cape
SEEING THE WOOD FOR THE TREES
Widespread responses of birds to woody encroachment
pride of place
Mauritius Kestrel designated official national bird
A collection of seabird images, brought to you by MSC Cruises, to celebrate some of the special species seen on the Flock to Marion voyage.
Sightings in the Subregion
Mid-November 2021 to mid-January 2022 -Summer delivered some top-shelf birds and fortunately a number of the best ones stayed sufficiently long to be twitchable for many birders throughout the region.
Brown Snake Eagle’s epic tussle
The Bar-tailed Godwit is re-nowned for having one of the most extreme migrations, flying non-stop from Alaska to winter in New Zealand.
The recovery of the Spectacled Petrel population
Field of Dreams
Harriers quartering the Devon grasslands
Gannets are supremely adapted for plunge-diving. They lack external nostrils and have air sacs under their skin to cushion the impact of striking the water.
The Eyes Have It
Iris coloration in birds (particularly passerines) is a topic that has intrigued me ever since I started observing the behaviour of different starling species.
The Young & the Restless Peregrine Falcons
It is 04h30 and I am woken from fitful sleep by a clamour of screeching, seemingly right next to my head. It takes a second for me to orientate myself and process what is happening. I am sleeping on a lumpy fold-out chair on the fifth floor of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch, Cape Town, and I realise that about a metre above my head is one of the breeding boxes for the hospital’s well known Peregrine Falcons. The juveniles are up early and in a demanding mood.
With This Ring... The Birding Ties That Bind
Most tales that involve a convoluted plot with unlikely twists and turns and a contrived ending are usually found in a Jane Harper novel or an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but this one is real and involves two Russian Western Ospreys.
"The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, established in 1939, forms a key component of the Table Mountain National Park."
Free for All
"In august 2020 the results of the critical vulture nesting survey held annually in Zululand, northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), were sobering."
Clear and Present Dangers
"Like many seabirds, Cape Gan-nets breed only on offshore is-lands, where they are safe from terrestrial predators."
The challenges of photographing in a forest
August sees the greatest flurry of birds at our feeders.
Urban Perils - House Sparrows on the decline
Supertramps are species that have spread around the world in association with humans and they include rats, house mice and a host of weedy plant species.