Jan / Feb 2018

Bird of the Year 2018
Introducing the Bird of the Year for 2018, the African Black Oystercatcher.

News & Views
Understanding avian influenza; Lesser Flamingos breed again at Kamfers Dam; Review: The Birder’s Guide to Africa by Michael Mills.

Talking Tech
We review the new Canon 6D Mark II camera and the Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 T spotting scope.

Bird Gardens
Duncan Butchart highlights some of the everyday hazards that wild birds face in suburban gardens.

Blitz Birding
When required to travel to London for work, Mike Buckham planned his route so that he could get in some ‘different’ birding. A weekend stopover in Ethiopia fitted the bill perfectly.

Off the Bat
After years of trying to connect with the species, Andrew Jenkins finally managed to see and photograph Bat Hawks in Mozambique.

A female Black Sparrowhawk that incubated an egg on the ground for 41 days in suburbia confounded raptor experts.



Subscribe & win
Subscribe to the print edition of African Birdlife and you could win a pair of Swarovski CL Companion binoculars, worth R20 000.

Cryptic conundrum
Identify the mystery bird and you could win a pair of Canon compact binoculars worth R7899.

Puzzle it out
Solve our bird-related crossword and you could win a copy of Seabirds of Southern Africa.

Win bird books of your choice!