Ebb’n’ Flow and Nature’s Valley Outing

 

Twenty Bird Club members went on a fantastic trip, lots of chat, lots of walking and excellent birding.

Despite the rain…and it did rain…we had a superb trip. Everyone arrived OK and checked into their chalets.

At 3 pm we met up for the first time and went for the walk along the Half-Collared Kingfisher trail following the Touw River on our right. Having forgotten from previous trips, we happily climbed the steps up the side of the river bank and then down the other side, some of us had forgotten that immediately you were down yet another climb was ahead of us and again descending to be beside the river.

Along the way we had a superb close up view of a Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher Crested Flycatcher. He seemed tom enjoy our company chirping away and coming very close to us.

Later along the path we saw two Red-billed Wood Hoopoes, heard a Terrestrial Bulbul and several views of a Chorister Robin as he played hide and seek.

We also met up with two young lads who had been fishing and were also seriously into “Birding”. They were very knowledgeable and a joy to chat with us.

We braaied in the evening and the following day we drove to the “Big Tree” for a woodland walk. Half way round the walk the heavens opened. Still “birding” we scurried along the path and back to the cars and back to base. Early the evening the rain dried up and again we braaied.

On Wednesday the 13th we all drove independently to Natures Valley. John & Sheelagh saw the African Cuckoo Hawk on the telephone wires as they drove down the valley.

A walk in the afternoon we walked across the bridge and through the woodland and we too saw the Cuckoo Hawk overhead.

On Thursday in the rain most of us went to the three different hides nearby plus a walk down to the beach and saw the Gannets diving for their food not far off sure.

It poured with rain most of the day but we made the most of it. In the morning we did the woodland walk and in the afternoon, still raining we went to the three bird hides close to Natures Valley.

118 bird species was the total seen and heard.

Each evening we braaied amongst very good company and lots of wine, beer and chat.

Thank you Graham for doing the Braais and to Barbara & Graham for organising Ebb ‘n’ Flow and John & Sheelagh for organising the Natures Valley trip.

Some of the birds we saw….Knysna Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, Amethyst, Collared, Malachite Sunbirds plus Lesser & Greater Double-Collared Sunbirds, Scaly-Throated Honeyguide plus many more.

A great and memorable trip despite the weather.

John Saunders

Luke Horsten provided the excellent images.

 

 

An Epic Birding Trip

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Renee and I left Hermanus on 25 October and returned yesterday, on 27 November, after driving over 8000 kms round South Africa on a birding adventure.  Our aim was to identify as many local birds as possible, out of a total of around 1000 South African species.  One might think this an easy task, but we were severely challenged in putting together a list of 427 species.  For us, it was a trip record, as we had never previously beaten 400, but we did take nearly 5 weeks this time and visited a variety of locations and habitats. The map below gives a rough idea of our progress and I will attempt to describe our adventure in a series of articles to follow.

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National Birding Big Day – No Go for HBC

 

We are sad to announce that the HBC team for the BBD, which takes place this Saturday, has had to withdraw.  This is a great pity and, sadly, it is too late to put in a substitute, so we will not be represented this year.  Let’s hope that we will be able to field more than one team in 2020.

Outing to De Mond

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At De Mond

Next week on Thursday, the 5th December, there will be an outing to De Mond.  Please meet at Fernkloof at 7 am so that we can consolidate transport arrangements.

It will be a fairly long day, so bring adequate food and drink and we will picnic after our walks at the estuary.  This should be an opportunity to see some of the migrant waders that have returned to our shores for the summer, so bring your scopes, etc.