Bird Fair programme finalised

The programme of the first ever Walker Bay Bird Fair, jointly organised by Stanford Bird Club and Hermanus Bird Club, was finalised yesterday.

The first events of the Fair will be outings by car and by boat to spot endemic and other birds of the greater Walker Bay area, beginning on Wednesday 25 February. There will be a drive to De Mond and another to Rooi Els, and cruises to Dyer Island and on the Klein River.

The talks, presentations and workshops on various bird-related topics will be in marquees on Stanford village common on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February.

Booking for all outings and some events is essential and has opened. The detailed programme can be found at:

 WBBF Programme 2015


Close encounters of the bird kind

The ringing of birds is a fascinating source of information. In addition to the close encounter when handling the bird, the subsequent recapture or recovery of the bird can provide information on migration, longevity, mortality, population studies, territoriality, feeding behaviour and other aspects that are studied by ornithologists.

Imagine the wealth of information that can be gathered by one person over 15 years of bird-ringing. Mike Ford is such a person, and he will show and tell at the Club’s monthly meeting on Wednesday evening 18 February.

He has a large pool of photographs of birds in the hand and close-up, and he will explain why birds are ringed, how they are trapped, ringed, measured and released, and how the data is archived and used.

The meeting is in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall and begins at seven. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the kitchen afterwards. Visitors are welcome.

Wonderful prize for best bird pic

A wonderful pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 10×42 binoculars worth R12 000 is up for grabs in the Walker Bay Bird Fair photography competition. The Fair is organised by Stanford Bird Club and Hermanus Bird Club.

For details of the photography competition go to and follow the links to post your best bird shots. The competion closes on 15 February.

Finalists will be on display at the Walker Bay Bird Fair in Stanford. The photography prize-giving will be on Saturday 28 February.