July 2012 Activities

We have a lot of activities planned for the next few months and hope you will participate in as many as possible.

First up is our morning walk on Thursday 5th when we will walk along the coast at Onrus and visit Vermont Salt Pan, meeting at Milkwood Restaurant at 08:00.
Lee Burman reports that the upper end of the Onrus Lagoon is well worth a visit at the moment.  The reeds have been cut, giving good visibility and she recorded 15 species there in no time at all.  These included Black-crowned Night Heron, Red-billed Teal, African Purple Swamphen, Giant Kingfisher and a couple of resplendent male Mallards!  Phone me after 06:30 if the weather is dodgy on the morning.

Our evening meeting is our annual QUIZ!!!  This year again presented by Mike Ford, who is prepared to give a couple of clues if the going gets tough (at a price no doubt 😉  To ensure that we all have a relaxed & fun evening, we are planning to mix experienced birders with the not-so-experienced ones, so don’t be scared to join in. The worst that can happen is that you go away with a wealth of newly acquired knowledge! Soup & Sherry will be served at half-time & there are prizes to be won, so come along to Fernkloof on Wednesday 18th at 19:00.

Sunday 22nd July is another annual event, namely Mini-Mini-Birding-Big-Day, our own version of BLSA’s Birding Big Day, when experienced birders take less experienced birders or members new to the area under their wings and show them how and where to bird.  The day ends with a BYO braai at Fernkloof where stories of the day are shared. This is always very jovial affair and I urge you to participate!  Please contact myself or any other committee member for more details.

Looking ahead to August, we have made arrangements to visit Platbos Indigenous Forest, Mike Graham will share his hunt for the elusive Shoebill with us and we will visit Strandfontein Settling Ponds.


Thursday’s outing

Rain is predicted for Thursday, which might mean that we will have to cancel our planned trip along the Swart River Road.  Please phone me after 06:30 on the morning to check.  If it’s raining, snuggle down and enjoy.  If no rain, meet at the Onrus Trading Post at 08:00.


Due to a ‘gentle breeze’ we had to cancel the outing. This is a tree on the cricket grounds in Eastcliff which flattened the fence at the Montessori School. Stay warm everybody – we’re off to Gauteng to see some frost. Barbara

FLOCK to Walvis Bay

Seven HBC members have booked – why not join us for a trip with a difference?!

BirdLife South Africa’s 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place at sea, somewhere between Cape Town and Walvis Bay on the MSC Opera.

If you would like to do some sea-birding and go on excursions around Walvis Bay with some of South Africa’s top bird guides, this is your chance.  Birders like Phil Hockey, Peter Ryan, Ian Sinclair & Ross Wanless, to name a few, will be at hand to help with identification of  species like White-chinned & Spectacled Petrels, Cory’s & Sooty Shearwaters and many more.

The programme will include specialist lectures, a seabird photography course and more.

You do not have to be a BLSA member to come on board!


Flock at Sea – click here for more details

This is not a Hermanus Bird Club outing, interested parties have to do their own bookings.