The Ngamo Pans in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park is arguably southern Africa’s best raptor-watching destination, hosting a diversity of those species and in numbers that you would need to travel to one of the world’s migration hotspots to beat.
The Strandfontein Birding Area outside Cape Town lies within a major sewage works, which means that it’s not particularly popular with most visitors. Birders, however, are extremely enthusiastic, aware that this reserve is rated one of the top five wetland birding sites in the country.
Arno Ellmer captures the surprising territorial aggression that plays out at a Southern Carmine Bee-eater breeding colony.
Regurgitation of difficult-to-digest portions of food is a well-developed feeding technique in the bird world, but few people realise how widespread the behaviour is among bird species.