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.


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