2020 Bird Calendars


We will once again be ordering calendars for 2020.  These will be available at R110 each.  Please place your orders by our next meeting at the latest with John Saunders at 028 316 2032 / antares@hermanus.co.za

PS.  We are still awaiting a volunteer to take on the Walks and Talks Portfolio.  Given that we have over 200 members, it seems strange that there is no response at all!  Members should be prepared to give something back to their club, in order for it to function properly.  Without a committee, the club will fold!

Photographs Please


Pat Redford needs clear images of the following plants, with or without birds.  Please contact her at patred@iafrica.com if you are able to assist


 Indigenous Plants attractive to endemic birds of the Western Cape:

Leucospernum conacarpodendron (grey tree Pincushion, yellow flowers)

Leucosprenum erubescens (orange Pincushion)

Protea magnifica (Queen or bearded Protea)

Protea cynaroides (King Protea)

Protea burchelli (Burchell’s sugarbush, cream to deep carmine blooms, black tips)

Protea repens (Sugarbush, white, pale pink to deep red)

Salvia africana lutea (Dune Salvia, brown/coffee colour)

Kalanchoe (Fire Engine Red)

Tecoma capensis (Cape Honeysuckle, red, orange, yellow)

Erica caffra (Water heath, small white flowers, scented)

Aloe arborescens (Krans aloe)

Call For Speakers


We will need to arrange some speakers for our monthly meetings in the early part of 2020.  If any members have reports on recent trips or birding experiences, which they would like to pass on, please let John Saunders know.  Alternately, if you know of someone outside of the club who might be prepared to give a talk, we would be interested.

WINTER BIRDING – Talk on Wednesday, 11 September


Ronnie and Renee traveled 7500 km through three countries in May 2018.  On Wednesday, Ronnie will talk about this trip and the nearly 400 birds that they recorded, despite it being in winter, when many migrants are absent.  The talk, which will commence at 6:30 pm, will be preceded by the usual social get-together at Fernkloof at 6:00 pm.

Challenge Results


After six months there is a clear leader in the Southern African Birding Big Year Challenge and that is Peter Dagg with 438 species.  Well done Peter!  He is followed by Ed Meyer and then John and Irene Saunders.  See all the results at August Combined Challenge Results

An impressive total of 670 species has been seen by the combined Challengers so far. Perhaps we can exceed 700 by the end of the event.  What a team!!


Ten birders set off along Hawston View Road for a most productive and pleasant drive. The Overberg was at its best  −  rolling green hills and fields of bright yellow canola. We made a number of stops along the road and were rewarded by Karoo Scrub-Robin chasing each other, and some very energetic and loud Cape Clapper Larks. After coffee and rusks at the little bridge over the Bot River, we traveled along the van der Stel Pass for more good sightings, including a Booted Eagle, and flying Secretary Bird. Oh, and a pride of lions. Yes, really!

We had a brief stop at Beaumont farm, but by then the wind was producing some very strange hairstyles among our intrepid group and we decided to retreat gracefully and drive back home.

The list of bird species seen or heard by all, or some, in the group:

Bar-throated Apalis, Red Bishop, Yellow Bishop, Cape Bulbul, Cape Bunting, Denham’s Bustard, Jackal Buzzard, Brimstone Canary, Cape Canary, Yellow Canary, Cloud Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Grey-backed Cisticola, Blue Crane, Cape Crow, Pied Crow, Klaas’s Cuckoo. 

Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Yellow-billed Duck, Fork-tailed Drongo, Cattle Egret, Little Egret,

African Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle, Dusky Flycatcher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Common Fiscal, Egyptian Goose, Spur-winged Goose, Little Grebe, Helmeted Guineafowl, Kelp Gull.

Black-headed Heron, African Hoopoe, Hadeda Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Yellow-billed Kite, Red-capped Lark, Cape Clapper Lark, Crowned Lapwing, Cape Longclaw, Speckled Mousebird, African Pipit, Karoo Prinia, White-necked Raven, Cape Robin-Chat, Karoo Scrub-Robin, Cape Sparrow, Common Starling, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Malachite Sunbird, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Barn Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Secretary Bird.

Cape Weaver, Masked Weaver, Common Waxbill, Swee Waxbill, Capped Wheatear, Cape Wagtail, Cape White-eye, Little Rush Warbler.

TOTAL 64   

Submitted by Barbara Swart

PLUS – Seen by Ed Meyers group on the Steenbras Road I think its called – Blue Crane, Pied Starling, Greater Striped Swallow, Red Capped lark and Black Headed Heron

Duinepos – Even Singles can Apply


We have one room left to fill at R1290 per person sharing (a couple or singles if same sex please!) for the October 06 to 09 outing to Duinepos.  Remember that if you take this, not only will you get the benefit of two wonderful days with club members, but also the opportunity to stay free for two extra nights!

This is your last chance to qualify, so contact John Saunders asap if your want to join!

Last Chance for Duinepos Outing

Greater Flamingos

We need one more couple to join us on the trip to the West Coast National Park staying at the Duinepos cottages 06 – 09 October plus 2 extra nights free of charge if you wish to stay for that time.

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 or 028 316 2302 or 078 955 9785



Dear John,

Hope this finds you well. We are putting together a huge ICC effort along the Overstrand coastline for the week of 21 September. This is being done in collaboration with the municipality, the People n Planet campaign of Pick n Pay, Plastics SA and a variety of other role-players – see the attached spreadsheet and our initial media release.

We would like to extend an invitation to HBC members to participate in both our monthly talk by John Kieser of Plastics SA and the coastal cleanup as described in the media release. Details of the coordinators for the various cleanup spots along the coastline will be released in the next 10 days or so.

It will be appreciated if you would forward this invitation to your members.


With appreciation and warm regards.


Dr. Anton Odendal

          BirdLife Overberg

Manager: CleanMarine campaign

Manager: www.westerncapebirding.co.za

          Email: birding@overberg.co.za

          (c): +27 82 550 3347


Ebb n’ Flow Outing


A trip to Ebb n’ Flow near Wilderness & Natures Valley has been arranged for Monday through Wednesday Thursday 11 – 14 November  (4 nights i.e. 2 nights in Ebb ‘n Flow and 2 nights in natures Valley) for Bird Club members.

We will stay in  and braai each evening.

The cost is R1120 per person for the trip or R2240 for a couple. Once your name has been included for the trip a 50% deposit of R560.00 per person or R1120 for a couple is required and the remainder to be paid by the 30th September 2019.

The accommodation at Ebb n’ Flow consists of Forest Lodges and the Forest Cottage for four members of the group.

At Natures Valley the accommodation is in Forest Huts for two people in each hut. This accommodation is basic and toilet facilities are communal and close to each Forest Hut.

It is a superb birding area with several bird hides along the river and Natures Valley speaks for itself.

For reference see – www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/camps/wilderness/

and wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature%27s_Valley

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