Outing to De Hoop

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We have arranged another outing to one of our favourites – De Hoop. Dates 18-20 February 2019. As usual we will be sharing cottages – 4 to a cottage – and of course will have our catering teams to look after the starters, salads and potatoes and desserts each evening. Need of course to bring own meat for the braais each night and you own breakfast and lunch food. And of course your own beverages, but if you forget they do have supplies at De Hoop.

The price per person  is R935.00.

The group size is limited to 16 and is on first come first served basis.

The rough itinerary of the short stay is as follows:

18 Feb.  Leave Hermanus and plan to get to De Hoop by 14h00 when we can check in to the accommodation.

At 15h30 meet outside the cottages and consolidate transport and drive down to De Mond in the hope of finding some interesting birds. Upon returning to Opstal, we can meander around the edge of the vlei which is often very rewarding.

At 18h30 meet at a location to be advised, where we will have a braai going and where we will have seating provided as well as cutlery and crockery.

19 Feb.  This morning we will drive to Koppie Alleen – the birding is always good along the way. We can meander down to the water’s edge and see what we can find along the shoreline. On our way back let’s try our luck at De Mond again.

We will be back by noon and have a little time to relax and catch our breath.

In the afternoon let’s explore other parts of the reserve.

Back to Opstal where we will meet again at 18h30  – venue to be confirmed –  tables, crockery and cutlery all set up for us. We will also do the formal bird count before dinner.

20 Feb. At leisure – we need to be out of the cottages by 10h00 but you are welcome to spend time in the reserve and leave at your leisure. Don’t forget we have the club’s AGM this evening!

Don’t forget your Wild Cards – if you don’t have one, you will be charged a Conservation Fee of R40.00 per person per day at the gate.


A cruise is available on each evening – take your own drinks and snacks and the cost is R295.00 pp –again subject to 10 persons wanting to go.


Bookings or enquiries to Craig at pcsholmes@telkomsa.net


De Bos Wetland Trail


Yesterday’s walk along the De Bos Wetland Trail with Frank Woodvine was thoroughly enjoyed by a total of 31 HBC members.

Frank, as always was an excellent guide pointing out a number of interesting features as we moved along.

The sun came out and we enjoyed a lovely walk, albeit a wee bit vigorous up the steep hill to the edge of the reservoir.

A total of 39 species wereseen. Lester van Groenigen’s bird list is given below.

  1. Cape Crow, 2018-11-01 08:50
  2. Cape Weaver, 2018-11-01 08:51
  3. Cape Canary, 2018-11-01 08:51
  4. Karoo Prinia, 2018-11-01 08:51
  5. Cape Turtle Dove, 2018-11-01 08:52
  6. Cape Robin-Chat, 2018-11-01 08:52
  7. Cape White-eye, 2018-11-01 08:53
  8. Olive Thrush, 2018-11-01 08:53
  9. Fork-tailed Drongo, 2018-11-01 08:53
  10. Cape Spurfowl, 2018-11-01 08:53
  11. Yellow Bishop, 2018-11-01 08:54
  12. Little Rush Warbler, 2018-11-01 08:56
  13. Egyptian Goose, 2018-11-01 08:56
  14. Southern Boubou, 2018-11-01 08:56
  15. Speckled Mousebird, 2018-11-01 08:57
  16. Cape Bulbul, 2018-11-01 08:57
  17. Malachite Sunbird, 2018-11-01 09:02
  18. Cape Grassbird, 2018-11-01 09:03
  19. Familiar Chat, 2018-11-01 09:03
  20. Levaillant’s Cisticola, 2018-11-01 09:04
  21. Bar-throated Apalis, 2018-11-01 09:05
  22. Common Waxbill, 2018-11-01 09:06
  23. Red-eyed Dove, 2018-11-01 09:07
  24. Jackal Buzzard, 2018-11-01 09:10
  25. Hadeda Ibis, 2018-11-01 09:18
  26. Southern Fiscal, 2018-11-01 09:21
  27. Yellow-billed Kite, 2018-11-01 09:24
  28. Blue Crane, 2018-11-01 09:53
  29. Bokmakierie, 2018-11-01 09:56
  30. Diederik Cuckoo, 2018-11-01 09:58
  31. Red-chested Cuckoo, 2018-11-01 10:06
  32. Burchell’s Coucal, 2018-11-01 10:14
  33. African Olive Pigeon, 2018-11-01 10:18
  34. Helmeted Guineafowl, 2018-11-01 10:24
  35. Common Starling, 2018-11-01 10:24
  36. Sombre Greenbul, 2018-11-01 10:24
  37. Greater Striped Swallow, 2018-11-01 10:25
  38. Black Saw-wing, 2018-11-01 10:25
  39. African Dusky Flycatcher, 2018-11-01 10:40

Cheers. John