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News & Views 

An update on the proposed African Penguin colony at De Hoop; Campbell Albatross – a new species to watch for; Sweet tooth; Southern Pied Babblers suffer heat stress.

The enigma buzzard

Peter Steyn reflects on the increased number of sightings of European Honey Buzzards in the subregion and on the species’ diet.

Specials overload

Offering a plethora of sought-after and seldom-seen species, the Zaagkuildrift to Kgomo-Kgomo route provides some first-class roadside birding just beyond Gauteng. 

Birding Mbombela

The small town of Mbombela in Mpumalanga is home to an enviable array of bird species – about 350 species have been recorded there. It also boasts some attractive birding venues in and around the town, as Leon Marais reports.

Freeze frame
Wildlife photographer Ilna Booyens ‘captures the moment’ in her portfolio of striking images.

Living in Luangwa

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is well known in safari circles for its stunning scenery and proliferation of big game. But, as park resident Edward Selfe describes, the Luangwa Valley’s birdlife more than matches up to the mammal headliners, being abundant in both number and diversity and offering year-round interest. 


Southern Africa’s bird world recently lost three of its leading lights. We pay tribute to Carl Vernon, Duncan Butchart and Alex Masterson.