May / June 2020"

Yes, it’s taken a while, but make sure that you don’t miss out on the print version of the May/June issue. We have included a very special gift for you – it’s well worth the wait!


Man power

Hugh Chittenden’s extraordinary account of a Black Coucal raising three clutches in one season at Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal. This handsome, polyandrous species, regarded as one of the most unique birds in the world, now also rates as one of the rarest breeding south of the Limpopo River.


Spot the difference
Distinguishing Mountain and African pipits in the field
Mountain and non-breeding African pipits are frustratingly difficult to separate in the field when they occur in the same area. Hugh Chittenden points out a small but important difference between the two.

Home on the range?
Ingrid Weiersbye’s observation suggests that the Mountain Pipit may well be an altitudinal migrant into the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Birding in the Okavango’s Jao Reserve
Martin Benadie revisits this pristine wilderness and is once again amazed at the abundance and diversity of its bird species.

Back off!
A Southern Black Korhaan confronts a yellow mongoose encroaching on its territory.

Portfolio: Wild at heart
Wildlife photographer Isak Pretorius shares some of the bird images he has taken in the remote sanctuary of South Luangwa in Zambia.

Keeping track
A new field guide explores the unique details of birds’ spoor or tracks, as well as their droppings, feeding behaviour and nesting structures. It’s a different way to approach your birdwatching!

Pot luck
A lid filled with water provided an ideal bath for a hot African Pygmy Kingfisher in Liuwa Plains National Park.

Sounding the Alarm
Margaret Maciver recounts how the alarm-calling of small birds enabled her to find Wood Owls on five different occasions.