All go at Kuruman River Reserve

Sello tags the location of a new babbler nest (in the middle of the tree near the top) using a hand-held GPS

Sello tags the location of a new babbler nest (in the middle of the tree near the top) using a hand-held GPS

In a quick update from the field: SELLO MATJEE has arrived and is quickly settling in at the Pied Babbler Project, here he is marking the location of a new babbler nest. His experience working with larks has set him up well for keeping track of the babblers. His help is a welcome relief for AMANDA BOURNE who had been single-handedly dealing with a log-jam of simultaneous babbler nests (apart from one short week when SAMANTHA KIRVES was able to provide a hand)! Thanks Sello!

Fork-tailed drongo work is also progressing well, with experiments looking at the effect of temperature on provisioning and foraging effort of adult birds running smoothly. RYAN OLINGER and RITA LEAL have been so busy they haven't had time to send any photos as yet! The project looks like it's working well though, and we can't wait to see the data.

While everyone else is having fun in the field, we spare a thought for TANJA VAN DE VEN and MICHELLE THOMPSON who are head down writing up their PhD theses ...

Finally, check out our publications list for a new paper: BEN SMIT and team have finally published the inaugural paper on interspecific comparisons in heat stress behaviour in Kalahari birds: learn about the differences between birds that drink and birds that don't in their quest to keep cool here.