One of our members, Neels Nothnagel, who has not been living in the area for long, writes via email on 24 July: “We enjoy nature in the valley, especially the many bird species. We feed the birds and always see to it that there is clean water for them. Recently, we saw a Secretary bird in our veld”. We are placing two of Neels’s photos, namely of a group of Coqui Francolin (Francolinus coqui) and a Crimsonbreasted Shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus). We would like to thank bird expert, Willie Froneman, for identifying the birds for us.