MAGICAL AND MYSTICAL ‘MASHATU’….

INTRODUCTION There is a place, a very special place steeped in iron age history, one may even describe it as sacred, in the heart of a remote and pristine landscape of red stone outcrops and meandering river beds set deep within a sprawling bushveld environment. Its...

DIAGNOSTIC NAMES – CUT-THROAT FINCH

While ‘common’ bird names of a descriptive nature are generally of benefit in aiding identification some are downright confusing as the diagnostic feature referred to is not always readily apparent. White-backed Duck and Red-eyed Dove are two classic examples of a...

CAPE ROCKJUMPER: JEWEL IN THE CROWN!

Every so often a birder has the good fortune of encountering a family group of Cape Rockjumbers foraging for Zebra Cockroaches amongst the rocks and boulders flanking the Rooi Els track leading to Pringle Bay. Accommodating and forever entertaining these endearing...

AVIAN LEISURE’S GARDEN BIRD LIST

Over the years the species list of birds recorded in the ‘fynbos’ garden or from the viewing deck overlooking False Bay has steadily increased. The latest is the Amethyst Sunbird, an occasional visitor to the Cape Peninsula, bringing the list up to 80 species in the...