Possible Bird Courses


What on Earth is That

What on Earth is That??

Mike Ford is able to hold some courses and we are asking members to indicate what, if any, course they would like Mike to present.

Here are some suggested courses:

  • Basic Identification for Beginners
  • Bird song and Calls
  • Raptors
  • Little Brown Jobs
  • Migrants – residents and nomads

Please advise Craig at pcsholmes@telkomsa.net of any suggestions or possible interest.

Outing to Duinepos in November


There is to be another outing to one of the best birding areas in the Western Cape at the West Coast National Park.

This time, however, we are restricting the numbers and we will be a group of 16 only.

The dates of the outing are 19-22 November but you can stay till the 24th at no extra cost. The effect is that you get 5 nights for the price of 3.

The accommodation is, as usual, in a two bedroom unit with one bathroom and an open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen. It is very acceptable accommodation.

The cost is R1100.00 per person which works out at R220 per night if you stay the full 5 nights.

As usual, the club will arrange the daily activities for the first 3 days and we will set up the braai for the first three evenings. The extra 2 nights will be played by ear by those remaining for the full period.

We will arrange teams for the evening meals and the teams will create a starter, salad/potatoes and a dessert for the first three evenings. Naturally, we bring our own meat and beverages and we do our own breakfasts and lunches.

Wild cards allow free access to the Park – if you don’t have a Wild Card you will need to pay conservation fees.

Limited space is available and we will be allocating on a first come first served basis.

We would appreciate full payment upon confirmation please, whereupon Craig will give you the banking details.

Please respond to pcsholmes@telkomsa.net if you want to participate on this outing.

September Meeting


Because of the Flower Festival, our monthly meeting will be brought forward a week and will now take place on Wednesday 13 September at 6:00pm  The speaker will be Ronnie Hazell, who will be talking about his and Renee’s recent trip to Zimbabwe and Kruger Park under the heading, “A Winter Traverse”


Its an upside down world for some!

Fernkloof Flower Festival


  • We will be having a stand again this year and need volunteers to man the stand for a morning or afternoon session. Very much a PR function but we do hope to get new members signed up and I am sure that this year’s stand will attract lots of attention and hopefully questions about birding in our area and across the country. Anyone able to spend a few hours flying the HBC stand should please let me know pcsholmes@telkomsa.net. The show is on from the 22nd to the 25th September.   Craig

Thank You


The members who attended the Annual Quiz last night were treated to some great entertainment. Mike conducted a really first class quiz with stimulating and varied questions. He had put a huge amount of work into it and we all appreciated his excellent effort.

Then at half time we were provided with some really tasty soups to warm us on what must have been one of he coldest and wettest nights of the year.  Well done and thanks to all the members who put out to make the evening a great success and well done to the winners!


Quiz Night


Don’t forget the Quiz tonight when Mike Ford will be testing us on our birding knowledge.  The doors open at 5:30pm for wine and the quiz will start at 6:00.  Soup and sherry (or wine at R10) will be served at half time.  Come along and test yourself and stand a chance to win a prize!