We live on a continent blessed not only with great natural beauty but also an unsurpassed diversity of animals and plants. Moreover, in among the region's fauna is a grouping that captures the human imagination in a special way, for they embody the essence of Africa.
These are the birds. The enchantment, the very spirit of the continent's wild places resides in the haunting call of the fish eagle, in the majesty of vultures painting lazy circles in the sky, in the acrobatic virtuosity of the bateleur, in the secretive ways of the nocturnal owl.
As a lover of birds, Sasol has committed itself to sponsoring a variety of birding projects. These include a number of publications including the popular Sasol birds of southern Africa, facilities for birding such as bird hides, birding weekends in the Kruger national park and at Marakele.
Sasol also supports the activities of the Endangered Wildlife Trust's vulture study group, the ground hornbill project and numerous other initiatives all aimed at creating enthusiasm and preservation of our precious bird resource in South Africa.
TAKE FLIGHT WITH SASOL BIRDS IV
A brand new edition of the best bird book in the region
Struik Nature, an imprint of Random House Struik, is proud to announce the
imminent release of the fourth edition of Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, the
regionís most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide.
October 2011 marks the release date of this significant title and Random
House Struik will be celebrating in style by hosting launches in Johannesburg
and Cape Town. Fabulous prizes will be up for grabs, so keep your browser
focused on www.sasolbirds.co.za (from 1 September) and www.randomstruik.co.za
for more information.
This fourth edition is written by a team of highly respected authorities,
namely Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton and Peter Ryan, and
illustrated by the award-winning Norman Arlott. It will be an invaluable guide
to all birders Ė from aspirant to experienced.
This new edition has been greatly improved by:
- comprehensively revised and reworked text;
- streamlined, newly designed plates for ease of use and comparison;
- more than 380 new and improved illustrations;
- updated distribution maps showing relative abundance and resident or
- calendar bars showing occurrence and breeding months;
- sonograms depicting the calls of some of the trickier-to-identify
It is also available in Afrikaans as Sasol VoŽls van Suider-Africa: Vierde
Along with the new edition of the physical book, comes the updated mobile
application, Sasol ebirds of southern Africa, which lies second in the list of
Top Grossing apps.