Thick with Thick-Knees

 

A vacant plot in Eastcliff must have something going for it, at least as far as the world of Spotted Thick-Knees is concerned.  This morning, whilst out walking, I spotted no less than 12 of these birds sunning themselves in an area no bigger than 40m x 40m.  There may have been more – I only saw the ones that were standing and I did not get too close for fear of disturbing them.  I read that out of breeding season they form roosts of up to 70 birds, but this my first experience of this habit.               R Hazell.

Sp Thick_knee

Nests

 

You will recall our appeal for disused birds nests for the forthcoming stand at the Flower Festival in September.  Please remember to be on the lookout for nests as we need as many as possible.  If you have already got some nests in storage, please let Guy Redford know at 082 905 2365, so that he can pass this info on to Pat.

Paradise Flycatcher (2)

Paradise Flycatcher

Coming Events

 

Outing to Grootbos

On Thursday 6 July there will be a walk at Grootbos which will be led by a well-qualified member of the Grootbos staff.  It will take in both fynbos and forest habitats and should be a worthwhile birding experience.  Please meet at the parking area between the main road and the cliff path at Kraal Rock at 07:30am to consolidate transport.

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An ancient Milkwood at Grootbos

July Meeting

Mike Ford will talk on his experiences and work undertaken during his trip to Ethiopia. Don’t miss this talk which is bound to be one of the highlights of the year, and which will provide an insight into a fascinating country and the interesting birds that Mike was able to see and ring.

 

Keir Lynch – June Speaker

 

This month we will be privileged to have Keir Lynch addressing us at our monthly meeting on 21 June. His talk will be titled “Birds and Biodiversity –  Threatened Species in a Threatened Landscape.” and should be of interest to all members.

In his own words, “I have two decades of experience within nature conservation and have been privileged to work in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Phinda Private Nature Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.  In 2012 I joined the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme and was responsible for landscape conservation and protected area expansion in the Overberg region.  I left CapeNature to head into the frontlines of conserving threatened ecosystems by heading up a Watercourse Restoration Project for the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, a project funded by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust.  I am also the Chairperson of the Overberg Crane Group and an avid naturalist.  When not looking at birds I can be found searching for snakes underneath rocks or wading through wetlands in search of frogs.”

We look forward to a full turn out at this interesting meeting.

Beaumont Bird Walk

No less than 27 keen birders attended the walk at Beaumont Farm this morning.  We were ably led by Margie and Barbara, who had a pleasant three kilometre stroll arranged around some orchards and along the stream.  This enabled us to see 42 bird species on the farm, before enjoying our tea on the lawns.

Then some of us returned via the Swartrivier road to Hermanus. The list was augmented by a further 15 birds along this productive road, including sightings of 4 Denham’s Bustards, an unidentified Falcon and a couple of African Black Ducks, bringing the total for the trip to 57.