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News & Views
Possible solution for birds at wind farms; Torpor hits an all-time low in hummingbirds; Red-billed Queleas rewrite the record books; The effects of wind speed on Wandering Albatrosses; Book reviews: Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition, and Lesotho Annotated Bibliography.

The FitzPatrick Report
Researchers delve into the drivers of biodiversity in Johannesburg’s urban green spaces.

The strangeness of Ostriches
Mitch Reardon takes a look at the many intriguing myths and legends that have surrounded the Ostrich through the ages.

Colourful, charismatic and competitive
Rose-ringed Parakeets in South Africa
What impact is this invasive alien species having on local birds? Anthony and Nicolette Forbes examine how this parakeet, apparently thriving worldwide, is establishing urban populations in this country.

Look beyond
The power of photography
A thought-provoking article by conservation photographer Pete Oxford challenges bird photographers to use their skills to tackle and reveal the harsh realities that are often overlooked in conservation.

Peak viewing
Birding Amboseli, Kenya
Best known for its relaxed elephant herds, Amboseli can also deliver a surprising number of good bird species. Grant Atkinson suggests visiting after the heavy rains, when numbers of birds are drawn to the lake and marshes.

Tried and tested
Reviewers put three of the latest binocular releases through their paces.

Birds & plants
Tree of life
The weeping boerbean in flower proves to be a sweet success for hordes of birds in a winter-parched area of Zululand.