Carmine Bee-Eater in de Kelders

‘SA Rare Birds’ report dated 24th December: ” A SOUTHERN CARMINE BEE-EATER has been found in Gansbaai in the Western Cape by local residents Martie and Johan van Dyk.  The GPS coordinates given are S 34*33.181′ en E 019*22.085′ and the address is 53 Cliff Street, De Kelders, just outside Gansbaai.  The bird was present until late yesterday but has not been seen again this morning. However, a search in the area may yield it again. This is a very much out of range bird and somewhat special for those in the Western Cape. Good luck if you are going to try to find it!”


End of Year Function

A near record 100 members celebrated Hermanus Bird Club’s 15th year at the end of year function and were entertained with highlights from each of the past chairmen’s tenures.

Alan McLennan-Smith

Alan McLennan-Smith 1st Chairman of HBC

  Alan & Carol McLennan-Smith arrived in Hermanus to find no bird club existed here.  They placed and advert in the Hermanus Times and had two responses,  from John Davies and Dave Lundy. Soon 14 enthusiastic members formed the nucleus of the club.  Alan fondly remembers one of the first presentations by the late Nico Myburgh who subsequently became an Honorary Member of the Club.   At present Alan & Carol are honorary members of HBC.




Mike Ford, 2nd Chairman of HBC

Mike Ford, 2nd Chairman of HBC, received Honorary Life Membership

 Next up was Mike Ford who had us in stitches sharing funny stories in his inimitable way.  Mike reminisced about the start of activities like Mini-Birding-Big-Day and Mini-Mini-Birding-Big-Day as well as the Western Cape Challenge. Honorary membership was bestowed on Mike for his dedication to Hermanus Bird Club, for always being willing to help with projects, generously sharing his vast knowledge, be it at courses which he presents at very low cost to members, or out in the field helping with identification. Valerie shares in Mike’s honorary status.



John Bowman

John Bowman 3rd Chairman of HBC

 Next up was John Bowman, third chairman of the club.  Under John’s leadership the heronry was built on the Vermont Pan , many work parties were held trying to keep the access to the hide on the Kleinriver accessible and on-going courses were organized for members.




Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer 2009 –

Current chairperson Barbara Palmer welcomed members, mentioned members who served on the committee since 2009, thanked the present committee for their hard work and dedication and announced a new challenge for 2013, named ‘Berg to Breede’ which will run for the first 6 months of the year 

The Ideal Christmas Gift!!

We are thrilled to announce that we have the ideal Christmas gifts in stock!

The revised edition of  the ‘Birds of Walker Bay’ booklet and a short DVD based on the birding spots described in the booklet are hot off the press and  for sale just in time for those stocking fillers!  The cost of the booklet remains unchanged at R25.00 and the DVD sells for R50.00.

The booklet was compiled by Mike Ford and has been edited to reflect all the species name changes.   The idea for the DVD came from Cherry Mills, who also did the narration and Ronnie Hazell produced the master copy. Sincere thanks and appreciation to all three of you for your time and effort.

To secure your copies, please deposit the money directly into the club’s account, using your surname as reference.  Contact Barbara or Cherry to collect your copies, either printing or emailing your receipt to them first.  

Account details: Hermanus Bird Club   Account Number: 62107045892    Bank: First National Bank     Branch: Hermanus         Branch Code: 200412 

Birds of Walker Bay

Birds of Walker Bay

Birds of Walker Bay