Morning drive on Thursday

The Club monthly morning outing on Thursday 2 July will take the form of a drive along some good birding roads.

The group of birders will follow Hawston View Road (via Bot River) eastward to the N2, and then drive westward past Gabriëlskloof wine estate along Swartrivier Road, and finally back home along Karwyderskraal Road.

Birds often seen on that route include Jackal Buzzard (Rooibors-jakkalsvoël), Black-shouldered Kite (Blouvalk), Denham’s Bustard (Veldpou), Blue Crane (Bloukraanvoël), Hamerkop, Purple Heron (Rooireier) and Thick-billed Lark (Dikbeklewerik). 

Participants will meet at Onrust Trading Post (the shopping centre at the robot where you turn left into Vermont) at 08:00. Bring your own refreshments.

Contact Committee member Petra Hoeben at 082 440 9842 if you have any questions.

Remember Members’ Evening

Bird photography will be the theme of Members’ Evening – the Club monthly meeting this Wednesday, 17 June. It will take the form of a photo competition, photos from a birding trip to KwaZulu-Natal, and images showing what birds do. And there will be a book sale.

The meeting, at the Fernkloof Reserve Hall, begins with the annual photo competition. All Club members are invited to enter one of their own photos of a wild bird that is free to roam. It must be a print of 20cm by 15cm (8 inches by 6 inches), mounted on an A4 sheet of paper, with a caption in front and the photographer’s name and telephone number at the back.

All entries should be handed in by 17:00. They will be put up on a wall in the meeting hall, where all members attending the meeting will do the judging between 17:30 and 18:00.

The formal meeting will begin at 18:00 with a presentation by Gavin and Cynthia Turner called “KwaZulu-Natal in August 2014”. It is based on their birding trip there and they will show a good variety of birds.

That will be followed by a selection of bird images by Charles Naudé, mostly taken locally, called “What Birds Do”. 

There will be a book sale before and after the meeting. Any member can buy any book in exchange for a donation. The donations will be used to fund a new Club laptop for presentations.

Seabird centre visit cancelled

The Club morning visit to Gansbaai and Stanford, planned for tomorrow, Thursday 4 June, has been cancelled because of expected bad weather.

Details will be announced as soon as an alternative date can be arranged for a visit to the newly established African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

This week it’s the new marine bird centre

The Club morning outing, on Thursday 4 June, will be a visit to the newly established African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai.

The sanctuary, which was opened in February, is described as a custom designed, world-class, marine bird rehabilitation centre that will provide temporary rehabilitative care to sick, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds, with a special focus on the endangered African Penguin. The project was driven by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in conjunction with tourism partners Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises.

We meet at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve Hall on Thursday at 08:00 to consolidate transport. Weather permitting, we will stop at the bird hide in Stanford on the way back. Bring your own refreshments.

The visit will be led by Margie Ogston, who can be contacted on 083 240 9191.