Jan/Feb 2019

THE HOT ISSUE…

FACING THE FURNACE
How heat affects behaviour in birds
Work by the Hot Birds Research Project is revealing the extent to which global warming is affecting the ability of arid-zone birds to endure and reproduce.

BEATING THE HEAT
Ostriches in the Kalahari
Pete Hancock follows the incubation and rearing of a clutch of ostrich chicks in the Kalahari Desert, and marvels at the adaptations of the birds to live in this distinctly inhospitable environment.

SAFE IN SUBURBIA
Korsman Bird Sanctuary
In the middle of a residential area and close to an industrial hub in Benoni lies Korsman Bird Sanctuary, a flourishing nature reserve that the East Rand can be proud of.

PUT FOOT, TAKE FLIGHT
The Vulture Trail
Andrew de Blocq ventures out on the newly established two-day slackpacking route in the Northern Drakensberg. Sightings of Cape Vultures are virtually guaranteed.

DOUBLING THE ODDS
Unusually, a pair of Verreaux’s Eagle-Owls nested in suburbia in East London. A resident tracked the progress of the chicks and decided to save the second-born from certain death.

MANY BIRDS IN A SMALL PACKAGE
It may be the smallest country in mainland Africa, but in terms of birdlife The Gambia punches well above its weight.

IN THE BACKGROUND
Photographing birds in their environment is one of the more difficult genres to master. Richard Flack gives us tips on how to approach it and achieve memorable results.

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