In any high profile case, such as this one, you always get hoards of reporters hanging around, ready to get the latest gossip, the newest tipoff, and the breaking story. Seeing as it was winter, most of the reporters were locals. Let me introduce you to the guys and girls from the press - the ones who report and spread the news out there.
Pretoria's Pretoria News sent out their Burchal's Coucal (Gewone Vleiloerie) to come and check on the latest developments.
While the Freestate's Volksblad asked their local reporters, the Ground Hornbills (Bromvoels) to send them all the details.
And they really reports from all the angles!
I was quite surprised to see that Fair Lady sent some beautiful Lilac-breasted Rollers (Troupante) to come and get the story.
By looking at these reporters, I could not help but wonder how much of the story would be about the story, and how much would be about the latest winter fashions...
Maybe even worse, was the fact that Huisgenoot/You/Drum magazine sent someone...
You just know that with the Brown-headed Parrot (Bruinkoppapegaai), it's gonna be gossip all the way!
At least there were also more serious reporters, like this Double-banded Sandgrouse (Dubbelbandsandpatrys) in his nice suit, reporting for the Business Day.
Some of the papers, like the Sunday Times, sent out groups of reporters - from Magpie Shrikes (Langstertlaksmanne) to Buffalo Weavers (Buffelwewers) - to make sure all the angles are covered.
The big Afrikaans newspaper, Beeld, sent their big-shot reporter - Kori Bustard (Gompou).
While their sister-newspaper, Rapport, asked the Kori's younger cousin, Red-crested Korhaan (Boskorhaan), to report for them.
The Sowetan got the Black-headed Oriole (Swartkopwielewaal) in his snazzy yellow suit to report for them.
And the Mail and Guardian also got a reporter in a nice black suit - the Red-winged Starling (Rooivlerkspreeu).
The guys from the Cape Townian newspaper, Die Burger, has always had a love for fishing. So they called on the Brown-hooded Kingfisher to help on their reports.
Those from the Eastern Cape love fishing as well, but they could only manage to get a smaller Kingfisher to help The Herald - the Striped Kingfisher (Gestreepte Visvanger).
The Green Pigeon (Papegaaiduif) flew up all the way from Durban to report for The Mercury.
Now these were the common reporters spotted out there in the field, reporting for their respective newspapers or magazines. There were, however, a few rarities out there... Birds not so commonly seen - spies...
I'll tell you more about them at a later stage...