A politically correct fairy tale

There once was a young person named Little Red Riding Hood who lived on the edge of a forest full of endangered owls and rare plants with a nurture giver, whom she referred to as “mother”, although she didn’t mean to imply that she would have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not exist.

Black-chested Prinia / Swartbandlangstertjie

A common bird in the scrub layer of acacia and broadleaved dry woodlands, the Black-chested Prinia is found from southern Angola and south-west Zambia to the southern parts of Africa, where it primarily enjoys western distribution.

Proudly Hartbeespoort

The municipal elections may be over, but you have one more opportunity to cast your vote – for the worthy nominees in the first Hartbeespoort Community Awards.

Red-eyed Dove/Grootringduif (Streptopelio semitorquata)

A familiar garden bird in most of its southern African range. The Red-eyed Dove has a high tolerance of habitat transformation, and indeed seems to have benefitted from land use change. It has adapted to city gardens and open parks.

The birders’ column: Western Barn Owl/ Nonnetjiesuil (Tyto alba)

The Barn Owl’s heart-shaped, white facial disc highlights the small eyes. It is a medium-sized owl with golden buff and grey upperparts with small white spots. Its underparts are white with fine brown spots from the breast to belly, with a wash of tawny across the breast.