July/August 2019 From the Editor Carrying the torch By Matt Mendenhall How to honor the legacy of Bill Thompson III. Features Memory makers By William Jobes The market for birder-friendly cameras and lenses is changing fast. Here’s what you need to know to find the right photography equipment for you. For the greater good By Sophie Butcher New York’s Project Safe Flight volunteers take on the grim task of documenting birds that hit the city’s glass buildings. Game changer By Julia Zarankin Why a new board game is an unexpected gateway to birding. South African safari superstars By Matt Mendenhall A dozen amazing birds and other wildlife of the Rainbow Nation. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves What pellets tell us about screech-owl diets, and why feeder birds rarely show up during the middle of the day. Birder at Large A fundamental ritual By Pete Dunne Why field trips lie at the heart of birdwatching. Amazing Birds Sprite flight By Eldon Greij How hummingbirds fly is astonishing. Attracting Birds Missing silence By Laura Erickson Our noisy world often stifles the joy of listening to birds. ID Tips Lucifer Hummingbird By Kenn Kaufman How to identify the Southwestern specialty. ID Toolkit Keys to identifying shorebirds By David Sibley Start by learning to recognize the four distinct groups of beach-combers. Hotspots Near You 291. Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Oakland, California This hillside land near Berkeley is a good spot to look for West Coast specialty passerines, including Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, and California Thrasher. Published: 6/16/2019 292. Bayocean Peninsula Park and Tillamook Bay, Tillamook County, Oregon A year-round destination on Oregon's Pacific coast, home to seabirds, shorebirds, raptors, and more. Published: 6/16/2019 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers.