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MIKE BUCKHAM

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Cape Longclaws are always popular birds to see in short fynbos and moist grasslands throughout much of South Africa. They have an appealing demeanour as they stalk through the grass, occasionally turning to the observer and flashing their characteristic orange throats. It was, however, a surprise for me to wit­ ness new behaviour from a species that, as far as I was aware at the time, feeds almost entirely on invertebrates, such as locusts, ants and beetles.

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During the past five or so years, Cape-based photographer Peter Chadwick has focused his conservation work on supporting counter-poaching efforts, developing conservation and re-introduction strategies for high-risk and endangered species and cultivating marine and terrestrial conservation teams. While doing this work throughout the African continent and the Western Indian Ocean, Peter has used his conservation photojournalism to raise awareness and garner support for the various causes he works on. A multiaward-winning cameraman, he is a Senior Fellow and Executive Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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Founded in February 2020, the South Africa Listers’ Club is a community of birders who have recorded 300 or more species within the borders of South Africa. As a protector of the country’s birds, BirdLife South Africa is enthusiastic about encouraging a #ProudlySouthAfrican approach to birding.

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