Sep / Oct 2013"
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.


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.