Outing to Duinepos


Marshes at Geelbek

A trip to the West Coast National Park – Duinepos has been arranged for Sunday through Wednesday 06 – 09 October (3 nights) for 20 Bird Club members.

We will stay at the ECO Cottages – Duinepos and braai there each evening.

The cost is R1290.00 per person for the trip. Once your name has been included for the trip a 50% deposit of R645.00 is required and the remainder to be paid by the 30th August 2019.

Also available for an extra two nights away at no extra cost to any HBC member who may wish to take advantage of this and stay Wednesday and Thursday nights. If you wish to do this please mention in your reply.

We haven’t been to Duinepos for several years and it will be nice to return.

It is a superb birding area with several bird hides along the lagoon.

For reference see -www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast

If you wish to join the trip contact John Saunders via email antares@hermanus.co.za

Quiz Night


Mike Ford will once again entertaining members with the Annual Bird Quiz which will take place on Wednesday 21 August in the Fernkloof Hall.  Soup and Sherry will be served and we call for volunteers to contact John Saunders  028 316 2302 / antares@hermanus.co.za  if they are prepared to make a pot of soup for this event.  We are looking for around 8 pots, each capable of serving 8-10 persons.

Participants will be required to bring mugs (for the soup) and wits (for the quiz).  You are welcome to arrange teams of 4, but if you don’t them we will arrange teams on the night.  It is time to start swotting up on your birds!! This promises to be a fun-filled evening!

Fernkloof Flower Festival

Kaapse Suikervoël Promerops cafer R773 courtesy Matt McCluskey New York

Cape Sugarbird

Pat Redford will be once again setting up and running our exhibit at the Fernkloof Flower Festival.  She writes,

“Officially, the search is now on for good, clear photos to be used for our Bird Club stand at the Flower Show in September. The theme : “Fynbos4U” is this years’ Flower Show theme, so it makes sense to feature those birds which frequent the Fynbos for nectar, water, insects, seeds or make use of the fynbos for nesting and perches.

If members have any pix they are happy to share, with this theme in mind, please could they email them to : patred@iafrica.com sooner rather than later.

The pix will need to be larger than 50KB preferably, in order to reproduce clearly. Whilst we do have several good pix from the previous years, it is always wonderful to have a selection to choose from.

Many thanks in advance!”



Gavin Turner will be talking on Wednesday 17 July on his pelagic trip.  This is a talk that you should not miss!!  He says,

“A group of nine of us went on a pelagic trip, at the end of January, from the New Harbour out to the trawler fishing grounds some 30 kilometres south of Cape Point.

Seabirds, which breed on land but otherwise spend their lives at sea, congregate in large numbers around the trawlers, squabbling for scraps. The diversity of seabirds is highly seasonal – in summer North Atlantic seabirds migrate south. (In winter different seabirds migrate northwards from their breeding grounds as far south as Antarctica).

We were able to experience large flocks of summer birds following behind the trawlers, as well as unforgettable close-up sightings of a good selection of birds interacting between each other.”

Gavin Turner




You are hereby invited to participate in BirdLife Overberg’s fourth charity golf day by sponsoring a four-ball of players on the day at R 2,500.00 and get the opportunity to entertain your clients or friends. This is for a four-ball of players in an Alliance Bogey Plus format. The green fees, snacks and drinks at halfway & snacks and wine at the prize-giving ceremony are all included in your entry. Members of the Hermanus Golf Club who are pre-paid and swipe their cards on the day get R 165.00 discount per player.

The members of BirdLife Overberg are proud to have been the first bird club in South Africa to present such golf days  and as a result having contributed research funding to a variety of conservation projects. Your contribution to this worthy cause would therefore be appreciated.

With appreciation and kind regards.


Chairman: BirdLife Overberg Golf Day organising committee

E-mail: birding@overberg.co.za Mobile: 082 550 3347

CWAC – Call for Volunteers

Greater Flamingos

The annual CWAC (Co-ordinated Waterbird Count) will take place on Thursday 18 July.  Interested persons are asked to contact Lester at 078 593 8977.  Participants will meet at Fernkloof at 8:00 am and be divided into two teams, which will then proceed to selected locations along the perimeter of the Klein River Lagoon to count the waterbirds present.

You will need to bring Hats, Binos, Enthusiasm, Clipboards and Pens to record your sightings.  The whole exercise should take a couple of hours, but the results last forever!

Greyton Outing


Lester writes,

“We could not have asked for better weather. 17 club members arrived in Greyton with the temperature a chilly 5 degrees but it warmed up quickly to 18 degrees with clear skies and it remained almost windless for most of the day.

However, the birds were hiding and there was a distinct lack of birds calling. In the two areas that we birded we only managed a small list (I recorded 34 species). Probably the best birds included a covey of Grey-winged Francolin that were calling loudly, but remained out of sight, a calling Long billed Pipit and a few Cape Clapper Larks seen by a few.

The walk along the trail in the Greyton Nature Reserve was particularly scenic with Proteas in flower throughout the area and attendant Cape Sugar Birds and Orange-breasted Sunbirds.  A very enjoyable walk but again not many species seen!”

Photos – Ronnie

Bird Books for Sale


Good day,

I’m sending this to the chairs of all clubs associated with BLSA. Would any of your members would be interested in any of the books in the attached list, from Peter Barnwell? He is a photographer and film-maker living in Bethulie in the southern Free State and who plans to sell his house and buy a caravan to tour around the Kalahari and Namibia. He has a large library (mostly bird and other natural history books) which he has decided he must reduce drastically and is offering them for sale. Most are immaculate condition – some have never been opened! Anybody interested in looking at further lists, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Brian Colahan    colahanbrian@gmail.com

Anyone wishing to purchase books should contact Peter Barnwell directly at the email address supplied with the list of books available below;

Bird Books for Sale(1)_Peter Barnwell


Meeting on Wednesday


The Bird Club meeting this Wednesday will host guest speaker, Jenny Parsons, from Pringle Bay.

The title of her presentation is – “A photographic journey of the local Pringle Bay Oystercatcher breeding pair and what I learnt along the way”.

The Fernkloof Hall will be open at 6 pm for an early glass of wine for a R10 donation and Jenny’s talk will commence at 6.30 pm