Stories and features
THE EYES HAVE IT
Relative to their size, birds have the largest eyes of any animal. We know a considerable amount about the function of their eyes but less attention has been given to the appearance of them. In a fascinating article, Peter Ryan describes the diversity of birds' eyes, and explores why they are so variable.
Forest birding brings its own challenges for photographers as sought-after bird species often succeed in avoiding detection, concealed by dense foliage and low light levels. Johann Grobbelaar shows how to take successful images in such conditions.
Birds & People
Author Mark Cocker explores the relationship that exists between birds and humankind, and discusses the practical, symbolic and emblematic roles that birds have played throughout history.