The April Challenge. Why Bother?

Three possible teams apologised for not being able to take part. That left Margie and Barbara as one team, and Renee and I made up the other. And that was it!!

It was a really enjoyable experience for those of us who participated. Renee and I identified 90 species, whilst Margie and Barbara got 77, but the important thing was that we were doing something that was stimulating and awakened our somewhat dormant birding interests. The vast majority of our members missed out on what they should have been at in their element doing. One wonders whether the club should worry about more such events, but I am not that easily discouraged.

The results can be seen at

Birding from the Water

Adele, of Alpha Sierra Adventures, is starting a kayak based operation on the river at Stanford and can take up to six pax on river cruises at a cost of R350 per person for 2-3 hours. This will certainly offer a new and interesting way to view our feathered friends.

She can be contacted at]

April 8 Hour Challenge

On Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 April, there will be an eight hour birding Challenge for club members. You can choose your day. Singly, or in teams of up to four people, you are required to identify as many species as possible in an eight hour period of your choice, and in an area of your choice, provided it starts and ends in Hermanus. Honesty is required. Please submit your lists to me at the end of the day at

There will be no prizes, except that the winners will be announced and they will have bragging rights for the forseeable future.

Good luck and I hope we get more than a few entrants.

Swartrivier Road and Gabrielskloof Outing

There were 14 members on this morning’s outing to Gabrielskloof, the first such event for a long time! We traversed the Swartrivier road before meeting at Gabrielskloof, where the owner, Bernard Heyns, met us and made us welcome. The highlight of this road was a pair of Secretarybirds, stalking prey quite close to the road!

Our route around the farm

Once we entered the farm, we spent time around the various dams and went up into the fynbos ridge at the back of the property. We managed to see most of the fynbos birds and were particularly happy with a pair of Hamerkops on one dam. In total, we managed to identify 68 species. We even had a drive through the adjacent property, Anysbos, which we must have entered unknowingly from Gabrielskloof, but we were not seen and therefore not in trouble!

Coservation Conversations with BLSA

View this email in your browser   Join Trevor Hardaker on Tuesday 6 April at 19:00 (SAST), as he highlights his birding experiences at the West Coast National Park, which is a ‘must visit’ destination for any birding enthusiast. This talk is the second in our SANParks Series.   BirdLife South Africa is a firm believer that 

conservation needs to start with conversation.

This Tuesday, 6 April 2021 at 19:00 (SAST), BirdLife South Africa’s weekly webinar series
Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa’ 
will host Trevor Hardaker, Founder of SA Rare Bird News and Zest for Birds.
  As a hugely avid birder, Trevor spends a lot of time in the field watching
and photographing birds and has developed a huge passion (some would
say an unhealthy obsession!!) for the hobby after almost 4 decades of
birding. He has been fortunate to travel fairly extensively, both locally and
abroad, in his pursuit of birds but, when asked what his favourite birding
destinations are, he will always include what he considers to be his local
patch, the West Coast National Park. With over 300 species recorded in
this park just an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, Trevor will
introduce us to some of the birds we are likely to encounter in the
park, give an overview of the various habitats one will find there
and also give us some tips on when the best times to visit certain
areas are, especially when it comes to the waders and trying to tie
our visits in with the correct tides, etc. As his interests extend
beyond birds, he will also give some brief coverage of some of the
other biodiversity in the park and, naturally, will share with us some
of the very long list of the rarities that the park has played host to
over the years.

This is a talk not to be missed!

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Walk on Thursday 8 April

We will meet at the Onrus Trading Post at 8:00 am on Thursday morning for our outing along the Swartrivier road and Gabrielskloof. The plan is to have a snack at the Winery after our outing, so bring some tea for mid-morning, and your masks, please