Familiar Chat Back Issues-September 2009

It’s funny how the collective mind works - just a few weeks ago, Mark and I were talking about the yellow morph of the Crimson-breasted Shrike and how we would love to see one. Then a BLB member, quite out of the blue, told me she thought she had seen one in Mokolodi, hotly poohpoohed (sp?) by her husband. Never-the-less every Sunday (Dogsday), on our walk through the Mokolodi bush we still look for it. Then in Maun, up pops the bird, photographed by Ken Oake, adjacent, and a huge amount of excitement is engendered when those who attended the BLB board meeting saw it too. See Ian White’s pic, taken on another day, on BLB’s Flickr site. I am yellow with envy. All I saw in the Cape was crows (oh and some fabulous flamingos). In this issue look out for the story on the predicament of Lake Natron’s flamingos on page 4 and the plight of vultures in Africa on page 7. It is up to us all to get involved with BLB initiatives such as Common Bird Monitoring (see page 8), Tickbird and the Familiar Chat, so please sign up, turn up and turn on for birds in Botswana! Eugenie Skelton — editor skelton@home.co.bw

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