Mpho Phiri is a naturalist, photographer and blogger at Mahikeng in north-west South Africa. He came across my blog, of May 4th, entitled 'Oil sands ~ dirty money'. I wrote "We no longer live just to survive the day, but rather to consume the earth, cheat death and live forever". Mpho replied: "And we watch helplessly as our trees come down to give way to business developments and our birds stare in wonder at us". That last phrase stirred something in me. I don't think I'll ever look a bird in the eye again without feeling, in a very new way, the responsibilty I share for the state of environment in which all birds, and we humans, try to survive. Mpho has added himself to my list of followers. I am flattered. I am about to add my name to his list of followers. His African birding photos are wonderful. I highly recommend having a look. Google him at Mafikeng Birding Blog. He has travelled in seven African countries and he is president of the Mafikeng Bird Club. I look forward to contacting this gentleman very soon, particularly to ask him if I may use some of his photos in this space.