November/December 2017

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Personal Best
Chasing in Chad
David Chamberlain’s quest to find the Black-breasted Barbet led him on a nerve-wracking chase through Zakouma National Park.

High flyers
Birds of the Lesotho Highlands
The mountain kingdom supports a host of endemics and some of the rarest and most charismatic birds of the subregion. Andrew Jenkins highlights some of his favourites and gives us pause for thought about the imminent threats to their conservation.

Winged windfall
Termite emergences
Many species of birds eat a wide variety of insects, but it seems that for some of them, termite alates hold a special attraction.

Light moves
Reflective signalling in two southern African bird species
Two African bird species stand out in their ability to use body position and manoeuvrable dorsal feathers to send visual reflective signals as a form of communication. Hugh Chittenden explains.

Win some, lose some
Renosterveld
As transformed landscapes go, the southern Cape’s Overberg is up there at the top of the list, its natural renosterveld vegetation replaced by vast expanses of pasture and crops. It’s not all bad news for birds, but there’s not much good news either. Odette Curtis takes stock.

Shooting in the dark
Tips for photographing nightjars
François du Plessis explains the best way to obtain good photographs of nightjars ‒ without stressing the birds.

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