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Heart spotted woodpeckers illustration

Heart Spotted

Heart-spotted Woodpeckers (Hemicircus canente), Khao Yai NP, Thailand © Duncan Butchart, 2013 Thailand is home to 35 species of woodpecker (more than any other country

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Lemon dove sitting on the grass

The Dove and the Parasol Tree

Lemon Dove (Aplopelia larvata), Turaco Wood, Nelspruit, South Africa  © Duncan Butchart, 2013. About 16 years ago, I planted a little Parasol Tree (Polyscias fulva)

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Grey hooded kingfisher illustration

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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Blue Korhaan illustration

Korhaan Count

Blue Korhaan (Eupodotis caerulescens), Klawerhoek road, Free State, South Africa © Duncan Butchart, 2013. It’s mid-winter, late afternoon and we’re heading north. The sun is

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Silverbird illustration

Kidepo Silver

Silverbird (Empidornis semipartitus), Kidepo National Park, Uganda © Duncan Butchart, 2013. It had been a somewhat frantic, whirlwind trip around Uganda – visiting eight national

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Common waxbills illustration

Lipstick or Blush?

Common Waxbills (Estrilda astrild), Nelspruit, South Africa © Duncan Butchart, 2013. It’s about 07h30 and Josie the Labrador is walking ahead of me on the narrow

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Goliath heron illustration

Patient Plunger

Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), Bongani Mabaso EcoPark, Sasolburg, South Africa © Duncan Butchart, 2013. I was photographing dragonflies beneath the large Cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) at the

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Black crake illustration

Stepping Out

Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostra), Penryn College Campus, Nelspruit, South Africa As a family, and all around the world, crakes are among the most reclusive of

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Birds of Nelspruit

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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Wryneck illustration

Wryneck Repose

Early this morning, while leading a small group on a birding walk on the Uplands Campus, this Red-throated Wryneck flew into a tall Forest Big-leaf

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Gorgeous bushshrike illustration

Glorious Gorgeous

Gorgeous Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus viridis), Nelspruit, South Africa © Duncan Butchart, 2013. Birds that live in dense cover tend to have strong voices. They have to.

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Stellars jay illustration

Jabbering Jays

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), Greer, Arizona, USA © Duncan Butchart, 2013. A couple of hours’ drive north-east of the Sonoran Desert around Phoenix and you

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Gila woodpecker illustration

Cactus Condo

Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis) in Saguaro (Cereus giganteus). Phoenix, Arizona, USA © Duncan Butchart, 2013 The Sonoran Desert spans the border country between southwestern USA

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Long tailed widow bird illustration

Highveld Hula

Long-tailed Widow (Euplectes progne). Wakkerstroom, South Africa. Like black handkerchiefs being tossed about in a stiff breeze, the five birds moved randomly above the tall,

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Cape Longclaw illustration

Long Claw

Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis), Bongani Mabaso EcoPark, Sasolburg, South Africa. Until you see it from the front, the Cape Longclaw is a rather drab, cryptically-plumaged

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Pygmy takes Dwarf

African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) with Cape Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus capensis), Schagen, South Africa. January 2013. Like all kingfishers, the African Pygmy lays its eggs

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Flufftail Frustration

Buff-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura elegans) juvenile and female. The Artist’s Press, Brondal, South Africa. January 2013. It was always going to be a long shot. Tamar

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Twig Alert

Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica) pair and Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris) mobbing Southern Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), Turaco Wood, Nelspruit, January 2013. ‘tjick . . tjick

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Plum Coloured

Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), Turaco Wood, Nelspruit. A thin, drawn-out whistle – ‘phuuu-pheeeuuw’ – comes from the canopy of a White Stinkwood tree in our

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Andean Dance

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) males at lek, Manu Road, Peru. May 2004. Peering through the curtain of moss-covered vines, we could see what appeared to

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Snake Snatch

Dark Chanting-Goshawk (Melierax metabates) with Western Natal Green Snake (Philothamnus natalensis occidentalis). Chitwa-Chitwa, Sabi-Sand, South Africa. November 2012. We’d left the family of Lions dozing

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