Perch for a scrub robin illustration
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Dipping Out on the Big Twitch

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (well, not the bird exactly, but its perch), Zeekoeivlei, Cape Town Picture the scene. A disorientated man somehow boards the wrong aeroplane and

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Fiery-necked Nightjar illustration
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Moon Music

Fiery-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis, Vermont, S.W. Cape, South Africa. Of all birds, the nightjars are perhaps the least noticed. Being both nocturnal and cryptically plumaged,

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White-fronted plover illustration
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Beach Runners

Like other plovers, the White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus) does not build a nest but lays its camouflaged eggs directly into a shallow scrape – above the high-tide

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Grey hooded kingfisher illustration
kingfishers

Forever Young

Grey-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala). Kichwa Tembo, Maasai Mara, Kenya. © Duncan Butchart, 2012 Much has been written about why people watch birds. It all began

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Birds of Nelspruit
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Birds Through A Window

Our garden avifauna in Nelspruit is pretty good to say the least. Since moving here in 1993, we’ve recorded 101 bird species at ‘Turaco Wood’

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Whale Head

Shoebill Balaeniceps rex, Lake Albert, Uganda The Land Rover bounced its way down into the Albertine Rift Valley, with the Ruwenzori mountains shrouded in mist

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Green Twinspots

Green Twinspots (Mandingoa nitidula), female on left; male on right. Turaco Wood, Nelspruit, South Africa I pulled our bedroom curtains open and looked out onto

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Gecko Grab

African Wood-Owl (Strix woodfordii) with Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia)                               

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Amber Assassin

Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti), Nelspruit, South Africa A series of strange, mechanical noises coming from the tree canopy outside my window had me out of my

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