Bird Books for Sale


Good day,

I’m sending this to the chairs of all clubs associated with BLSA. Would any of your members would be interested in any of the books in the attached list, from Peter Barnwell? He is a photographer and film-maker living in Bethulie in the southern Free State and who plans to sell his house and buy a caravan to tour around the Kalahari and Namibia. He has a large library (mostly bird and other natural history books) which he has decided he must reduce drastically and is offering them for sale. Most are immaculate condition – some have never been opened! Anybody interested in looking at further lists, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Brian Colahan

Anyone wishing to purchase books should contact Peter Barnwell directly at the email address supplied with the list of books available below;

Bird Books for Sale(1)_Peter Barnwell


Meeting on Wednesday


The Bird Club meeting this Wednesday will host guest speaker, Jenny Parsons, from Pringle Bay.

The title of her presentation is – “A photographic journey of the local Pringle Bay Oystercatcher breeding pair and what I learnt along the way”.

The Fernkloof Hall will be open at 6 pm for an early glass of wine for a R10 donation and Jenny’s talk will commence at 6.30 pm

Outing to Greyton


Hermanus Bird Club will be visiting the Greyton area on Thursday 4th July 2019. We will meet at the OK Minimark (Onrus) to consolidate transport and to communicate the meeting place in Greyton. (Departure time from the OK is 07:30 am). Travel time to Greyton should be approximately 1 Hour (75 Km).

The plan is to bird a drainage line / rocky hill side on the South Eastern side of Greyton (approximately 1 to 2 Km relatively easy walking) and then move over to the Greyton Nature reserve to bird the fynbos area within the reserve (we will walk a short trail here of around 1.5 Km). Please bring your own picnic Lunch and refreshments.

 Contact no’ 078 593 8977 (Lester)

Mike Kokot in Natal

Mike wrote,

“Hi Ron and Lester,

Shirley, Kerrin (our daughter) and I spent a very exciting day birding in the Dlinza Forest, Ongoye Forest and Mtunzini in KZN  on Wednesday 12 June 2019 and I’d like to share some rather poor quality pictures of “specials” we picked up.  We had a wonderful guide, Abednego Dube, whom I would happily recommend. The so-called roads in Ongoye are shocking (almost non-existent in places) but luckily we had the use of a sturdy Toyota Forester Diesel which served us well (Shirley doing all the driving). In spite of June being probably the worst birding month, we were very happy with the results.

“Lifers” for me included Green Barbet, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon (spotted by Shirley), Black-rumped Buttonquail, Croaking Cisticola, Olive Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird and Palm-nut Vulture. We were hoping for Twinspots in Dlinza but no luck this time.

A HBC tour to that part of the world might be well received, don’t you think? Especially in Spring – the birding will be amazing!

Warm regards

Mike Kokot”

Marsh Owl at Rietvlei


Some of you will have seen the article in the newspaper about a Marsh Owl at Rietvlei.  Well, Jill Ekstein went to see it and sent me these wonderful images.  Many thanks!  I am sure that you will all enjoy seeing them.  It is being harassed by a Marsh Harrier.

Atlassing at Rooi Els and Harold Porter


Lester and Cheryl sent in these pictures and said the following,

‘At Rooi-Els there were at least 4 Shy Albatross gliding over the large swells from the Cold front as well as close views of a Southern Giant Petrel. Between the houses we found a Male Sentinel Rock-thrush sitting on a pole.

At Harold Porter we quickly located the White-fronted Bee-eater – seems quite settled there with all the insects around!’

Restocking the Heronry at Vermont Pan


This morning six volunteers carried out reconstruction work at Vermont Pan.  The heronry – which is now occupied by White-breasted Cormorants and Egyptian Geese – was looking a bit bare in patches, so we added a few loads of branches to give the birds new roosting and nesting sites.

Present in our group was Gavin Turner, the designer of the structure and he reminded us of how, when the original structure was built, they got it wrong, by making a mirror image of what had been prefabricated in Mike MacNaught’s garden.  Today the whole thing smells pretty awful, being covered in guano, but there were plenty of nests and even one Egyptian Goose nest with nine pretty eggs waiting to be hatched.

Carrying the branches out into the pan was a messy business, squelching through deep sucking mud, but we got the job done.  Everybody certainly needed a good bath afterwards!  Let’s hope the birds appreciate our work.

Volunteers required to re-build the Heronry at Vermont Pan


We are looking for volunteers to help restock the Heronry on the Vermont Salt Pan.

If you are free for about two hours this coming Thursday the 13th June at 09.00 at the Car Park in RockHopper (second right down from the Onrus Trading Post traffic lights).

The sticks and branches are there ready and waiting.

We plan to take them out to the Heronry to build it up before the nesting season commences.

If you have the time and are willing to help, please contact me ASAP either by phone or by email for more information.

Your help will be sincerely appreciated.

John Saunders