Outing to Rooi Els and Harold Porter


Ronnie will be leading this outing.  We will meet at the Onrus Trading Post at 7:30 am on Thursday to arrange transport.  Bring along some thing to eat and drink.  We should be home by lunch time.  If you are a member of the National Botanical Society, bring your card for Harold Porter, otherwise you will need to pay an entry fee.


Harold Porter Reserve

Agulhas National Park Event


Dear fellow birder,

The Agulhas National Park is celebrating its 20th ‘birthday’ to celebrate this the Agulhas National Park and the SANParks Honorary Rangers: Agulhas Region are co-hosting a 24 Hour Birding Bash on the 06/07 September 2019 in partnership with the Agulhas Plain Birding Project.  The brochure is attached herewith.

All funds raised go towards projects in the Agulhas National Park.

The online entry form is available at the link below as well as some information on the event and the competition rules:

SANParks Agulhas 24-hour Birthday Birding Bash

For more information on the Birding Bash please visit Western Cape Birding events page or the Honorary Rangers Webpage.

Please do share the 24 Hour Birding Bash information with your fellow birders and Like and Share the Facebook advertisement.

Should you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to your participation in support of the Agulhas National Park.

Kind regards,

Klaas and Linda Steyn

+27 82 320 1198 (Klaas)

+27 82 940 4304 (Linda)

Outing to Duinepos


Marshes at Geelbek

A trip to the West Coast National Park – Duinepos has been arranged for Sunday through Wednesday 06 – 09 October (3 nights) for 20 Bird Club members.

We will stay at the ECO Cottages – Duinepos and braai there each evening.

The cost is R1290.00 per person for the trip. Once your name has been included for the trip a 50% deposit of R645.00 is required and the remainder to be paid by the 30th August 2019.

Also available for an extra two nights away at no extra cost to any HBC member who may wish to take advantage of this and stay Wednesday and Thursday nights. If you wish to do this please mention in your reply.

We haven’t been to Duinepos for several years and it will be nice to return.

It is a superb birding area with several bird hides along the lagoon.

For reference see -www.sanparks.org/parks/west_coast

If you wish to join the trip contact John Saunders via email antares@hermanus.co.za

Quiz Night


Mike Ford will once again entertaining members with the Annual Bird Quiz which will take place on Wednesday 21 August in the Fernkloof Hall.  Soup and Sherry will be served and we call for volunteers to contact John Saunders  028 316 2302 / antares@hermanus.co.za  if they are prepared to make a pot of soup for this event.  We are looking for around 8 pots, each capable of serving 8-10 persons.

Participants will be required to bring mugs (for the soup) and wits (for the quiz).  You are welcome to arrange teams of 4, but if you don’t them we will arrange teams on the night.  It is time to start swotting up on your birds!! This promises to be a fun-filled evening!

Fernkloof Flower Festival

Kaapse Suikervoël Promerops cafer R773 courtesy Matt McCluskey New York

Cape Sugarbird

Pat Redford will be once again setting up and running our exhibit at the Fernkloof Flower Festival.  She writes,

“Officially, the search is now on for good, clear photos to be used for our Bird Club stand at the Flower Show in September. The theme : “Fynbos4U” is this years’ Flower Show theme, so it makes sense to feature those birds which frequent the Fynbos for nectar, water, insects, seeds or make use of the fynbos for nesting and perches.

If members have any pix they are happy to share, with this theme in mind, please could they email them to : patred@iafrica.com sooner rather than later.

The pix will need to be larger than 50KB preferably, in order to reproduce clearly. Whilst we do have several good pix from the previous years, it is always wonderful to have a selection to choose from.

Many thanks in advance!”