Night brings a special gift to birdwatching: darkness re-engineers sight and ears become extra eyes as you look up for a quietly gliding owl among the stars.
The trunk of a tree can become a musical instrument when a woodpecker is about. With sharp, chisel-like bills, woodpeckers are adapted for tree-tapping.
The delight of canaries is loudest when you listen.
Tiny and shy, flufftails are enigmas to even the most avid of birdwatchers. Sadly through the loss and reduction of their wetland habitat, they could be facing extinction.
From handsome water-thick knees gathered on sand spits to snake-eating grey herons, South African streams have some of the most diverse wildlife. There's nothing as relaxing as birdwatching by the river in the southern tip of Africa.
Because it’s been with us since the beginning of time, bird music always seems somehow right except, perhaps, when it comes from a hadeda. But that could be our fault.
Rubondo Island National Park is one of Tanzania's lesser known national parks, but that doesn't make it any less incredible. It's the largest Island national park in Africa, a lush, undisturbed forest filled with creatures great and small.
On land, they waddle widely, balanced atop splayed toes like wrestlers, but once they hit water, they paddle and dip and dive like Chad le Clos. Meet the aquatic athletes of the avian world: ducks.
Fynbos foliage flows tightly like water, hugging the shape of the land and folding with the earth. Look between shiny leaves and straw-like tufts, and you’ll discover an interesting set of little birds.
I’ve decided to set a New Year's resolution: I am going to dedicate my available weekends to discovering my new back garden – the Zululand and KZN North Coast areas – and I am dubbing it Discovering Zululand.