Walk at Gabrielskloof


Our monthly walk takes place at Gabrielskloof next Thursday, the 4th October.  Please meet at the Onrus Trading Post (OTP) at 7:30 am to consolidate transport.  Barry Anderson of Gabrielskloof will be our guide and the journey to and from the venue should also provide good birding.



Please be reminded that any requests for the 2019 calendars (see previous posting) must be submitted to Mike Bryan before the cut-off date which is Friday 21 September.

Please also remember that the Challenge starts on 1 October and entries need to be submitted as per the previous notice in this respect.


2018/2019 Challenge

2018 Challenge Area

The New Challenge Area

Here are the rules for 2018/19 Challenge. The idea is to challenge yourself to see what species you can identify in the four months from the 1st October 2018 to 28th February 2019,  excluding the month of December 2018.  This is to allow for holiday makers (who cannot look after grandchildren and bird at the same time!).


The Challenge is to be run within the boundaries set out in the map.

There is one area only – as is marked on the map.

The map is considered sufficient for participants to be able to identify the area boundaries without any further description.

The club outings will be arranged within the area, so it’s in your interest to participate if you can in the monthly walks.

As many species of wild birds as possible must be positively identified by sight or sound by participants, which can be individuals or teams. In the latter case, only birds seen by every member of the team can be entered.

There is an entry fee of R25 per person payable to the Club’s account at FNB Hermanus, Ac No. 62107045892 by EFT.  Please remember to add your name for reference purposes

Species have been given different values to encourage members to look for the more elusive species. Please note that in this regard a new table of values has been drawn up. Where a sighting is a vagrant or out of range bird please try to photograph where possible and submit these with your monthly lists. Any ID problems with photographs should be referred to the Chairman who will get the sighting verified. any bird not shown on the lists should be added at the bottom and not within the list Graham has provided.  These lists will be provided to entrants before the end of September, or as they join the Challenge.

Birds seen from the shore are eligible – no offshore or pelagic boat trip sightings are eligible.

Each month end you need to submit your lists to Graham Palmer at grahampalmer@telkomsa.net who will complete the score sheets.

There will be an overall winner announced at the end. A small prize will be awarded to the overall winner.

Upon completion of the competition all those having submitted results to Graham every month will have their names placed in a hat and one of those participants will receive a year’s free membership to the Hermanus Bird Club.

A Non-Event


….and there was not a lady present!!

This morning there were only five people in Fernkloof for our monthly walk.  Admittedly the weather was not too good, and it actually deteriorated as we set out and started raining, so we abandoned the walk after having seen about six bird species.  It was not our greatest outing!!