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.
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.
From farmlands and desert sands to wild, grassy plains, a group of brown birds live subtly. Larks are little moving bits of earth, pebbles with feathers, leaves with beaks and tiny tumbling twigs with wings.
Winds might suck and push at birds and weather systems could steer and nudge them along, but the magnetic pull of gravity will turn and guide them constantly. In this high, vibrant world of immense movement a powerful story of migration unfolds.
Like a giant jellyfish, the ocean wobbles with life, it sparkles in energy like a shoal of tiny fish and on its surface, if you watch carefully, reflections of birds dance.