A brilliant flash of vibrant feathers arrayed in improbable color combinations. A clear, beautiful melody. It should come as no surprise that songbirds tend to be most birders’ first attraction. Big and powerful, swift, silent, and deadly, raptors likewise engender fascination. Some birding enthusiasts obsess over obscure species. We distinctly recall how excited one birder we encountered in Namibia became when D told him he had seen a Burchell’s sandgrouse on a safari drive. “Any day you see a sandgrouse is a great day,” he had remarked after grilling us on the bird’s whereabouts.
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