12th September – Monthly Meeting


We will entertained in September by Sally Hofmeyr, an academic English editor and biologist. She has studied large terrestrial birds (including the Black Korhaan and Secretarybird) and how they are responding to environmental change. Since January 2016 she has been working full time for an online academic English editing company, while continuing with ornithological fieldwork — bird ringing, bird counts, and penguin monitoring — as much as possible.

The meeting starts at 18h30 and will be be preceded by the usual social get-together with drinks at 18h00.

September Walk


The monthly walk in September will take place in Fernkloof Nature Reserve.  Please meet in the parking area at 8:00 am.  Ronnie Hazell will lead the walk which should cover a couple of kilometres.

2019 Calendars


The Tygerberg Bird Club is again offering their beautiful Bird Calendars at R110 each

To ensure that you get one please make payment by EFT to Hermanus Bird Club, FNB Hermanus, A/C No. 62107045892 clearly stating Calendar and Purchaser’s name.

Cut off for sales will be mid-September 2018.

Please direct any queries to me at email mjkbryan@gmail.com

Mike Bryan

Faansie’s New Bird Book


As a parent, I truly believe that the greatest gift you can give to your child is an interest in nature. So as an author, artist and dad, I am very proud to officially present my latest project: FAANSIE’S BIRD BOOK! The first ever fully fledged field guide for kids! The book is a whole new approach to birding, with minimum text and maximum fun. There’s loads of stuff to keep kids entertained: games, challenges, questions, trivia, hidden objects. The book covers all 722 bird species in South Africa – not just a few common or obvious ones. Also available in Afrikaans. Herewith a little sneak peek…

Faansie Peacock



Skulls and Bones


Please remember to let Pat Redford know if you have any bird skulls, bills or skeletons that she might be able to use for the HBC stand at the Fernkloof Flower Festival in September.  She can be reached at patred@iafrica.com

This is an urgent appeal!!

August Walk at Vermont


Twelve members of the Hermanus Bird Club participated in a most enjoyable and productive morning walk, along the Vermont Coastal Path, led by John and Sheelagh Bowman. The late winter weather was perfect for birding, starting off crisp and clear, but soon warming up. Not a breath of wind. The birding got off to a great start, with a Subantarctic Skua spotted out to sea, from our meeting point. The walk along the Coastal Path to Brekvis Bay produced an interesting collection of bush and coastal birds. At the Bay, we saw both a Common Greenshank, and an African Darter. Mike Ford, who has been birding in the area for some nineteen years, had never previously seen these species along this bit of coast!

We continued the walk to Aas Baai, where more species were added to our list. These included a male Giant Kingfisher, several African Black Oystercatchers, and Swift Terns. On the way back we were rewarded with a magnificent close up view of a Southern Tchagra. Also, early returning migrants in the form of Little and White-rumped Swifts. And, as a bit of variety, offshore a Hump Backed Whale. Also good to see evidence of Cape Clawless otters living in the area.

From the parking area we drove up to Vermont Salt Pan, where with water in the Pan again, we added usefully to our bird list. Good to see a couple of Pied Avocets back. Altogether, a lovely morning. Thanks to all the hawk-eyed members who were able to help us find the birds: 55 in total!  And to Ronnie Hazell for taking the great photos.

The list of birds seen or heard was as follows:

Subantarctic Skua, Bar-throated Apalis, Bokmakierie, Pied Avocet, Southern Boubou, Cape Bulbul, Cape Canary, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Cape, Reed, and White-breasted Cormorants, African Darter, Red-eyed Dove, Yellow-billed Duck, Cattle and Little Egrets, Common Fiscal, Fiscal Flycatcher, Egyptian Goose, Harlaub’s and Kelp Gulls, Black-headed and Grey Herons, African Sacred and Hadeda Ibises, Giant Kingfisher, Blacksmith Lapwing, Rock Martin, Common Moorhen, Speckled Mousebird, African Black Oystercatcher, Speckled Pigeon, Three-banded and White-fronted Plovers, Karoo Prinia, White-necked Raven, Cape Robin-chat, Cape Sparrow, Cape Spurfowl, Common Starling, Black-winged Stilt, Southern Double Collared Sunbird, Little and White-rumped Swifts, Southern Tchagra, Cape Teal, Swift Tern, Olive Thrush, Cape Wagtail, Common Waxbill, Cape Weaver, Common Whimbrel, Cape White-eye.

John and Sheelagh Bowman

Secretarybird Appeal


From: sabirdclubforum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:sabirdclubforum@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of ‘Melissa Whitecross’ melissa.whitecross@birdlife.org.za [sabirdclubforum]
Sent: Wednesday, 01 August 2018 1:02 PM
To: sabirdnet@yahoogroups.com; sabirdclubforum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sabirdclubforum] Secretarybird Breeding Database [1 Attachment]

Hi SA Birders,

BirdLife South Africa’s Secretarybird Project would like to request your assistance in locating breeding Secretarybirds across Southern Africa. If you have any historical records of nest localities that you would be willing to share with us, or if you come across a nest while out birding please can I ask that you submit this information to Dr Melissa Whitecross (Raptors & Large Terrestrial Bird Project Manager) via email melissa.whitecross@birdlife.org.za.

The key information required is the date of the sighting and the GPS location of the nest to within 20m. Any additional information that can be obtained without causing unnecessary disturbance to the birds such as the number of eggs/chicks present will also be appreciated.

To stay up to date with the Secretarybird Project please like the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/secretarybirdconservation/).

Kind regards,

Dr Melissa Whitecross        
Threatened Species Project Manager: Raptors & Large Terrestrial Birds
Terrestrial Bird Conservation Programme

Isdell House, 17 Hume Road, Dunkeld West
Private Bag X16, Pinegowrie, 2123, Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 789 1122 / 0860 BIRDER
Fax: +27 (0)11 789 5188
Cell: +27 (0) 82 452 6021
E-mail: melissa.whitecross@birdlife.org.za
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