Lady Stanford River Cruise

Good afternoon all.

I have booked the Lady Stanford as follows:-

Thursday 8th October departing at 5 pm for approximately a two hour trip up the Klein River.

The cost is R150 per person. Members wishing to go on the trip must email to me  –  antares@hermanus.co.za  

Once you receive an email from me, I will then forward payment details.

There is space for twenty four people maximum.

If the weather is against us, the trip will be cancelled and advice will come via our Blog giving details for a refund or an alternative date will be given.

Cheers. John

Lady Stanford Cruise – February 6

A calm morning (1)

The Klein River

The uptake for places on the Lady Stanford for the Klein river cruise on 6 Feb has been very poor.  Members are requested to contact John Saunders to book their places by 24 January.  If we cannot fill the boat and meet our financial obligations, we will have to cancel one or both trips.  Departing times are 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

John’s contact details are; John Saunders; 028 316 2302 / antares@hermanus.co.za

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.

 

 

Duinepos Outing

 

It was a super trip. The weather was kind and we took full advantage of the Birding Experience that the Park has to offer.

The staff at Duinepos couldn’t do enough for us and were as always very helpful.

On the afternoon of the 6th Oct we visited the Bird Hide at Geelbek. The tide was just right and many waders were there to be seen including Bar Tailed Godwits, Eurasian Curlews, Kittlitz’s Plovers, etc. etc.

The following day we drove to Seeberg Point and down to the Seeberg Hide. Again, excellent birding and many, many waders. In the afternoon we visited Abrahamskraal Waterhole and saw African Rail, Purple Swamphen, Black Crake, European Bee-Eaters and a pair of White-throated Swallows that had nested in the rafters of the hide and were constantly and patiently waiting to feed their young in the nest.

We then drove up the west coast and visited Kraalbaai.

On our last day we drove to Veldriff and visited the Jan & Malani Kotze “Kuifkop Farm” along the Berg River where we were allowed to drive along the Salt Reservoir in search of the Red-Necked Phalarope and “Yes” we found the little bird. It was a super day and I am sure I am speaking for all of the attendees, a day to be remembered.

Many of the group stayed on for the two extra nights and we await to hear their story with their photographs…particularly of the Phalarope.

Cheers. John

Photography by Frank Hallet

The bird list can be accessed at

Duinepos Trip Birds Check List 06 – 09 Oct 2019

 

Duinepos – Even Singles can Apply

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We have one room left to fill at R1290 per person sharing (a couple or singles if same sex please!) for the October 06 to 09 outing to Duinepos.  Remember that if you take this, not only will you get the benefit of two wonderful days with club members, but also the opportunity to stay free for two extra nights!

This is your last chance to qualify, so contact John Saunders asap if your want to join!

Last Chance for Duinepos Outing

Greater Flamingos

We need one more couple to join us on the trip to the West Coast National Park staying at the Duinepos cottages 06 – 09 October plus 2 extra nights free of charge if you wish to stay for that time.

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 or 028 316 2302 or 078 955 9785

Ebb n’ Flow Outing

 

A trip to Ebb n’ Flow near Wilderness & Natures Valley has been arranged for Monday through Wednesday Thursday 11 – 14 November  (4 nights i.e. 2 nights in Ebb ‘n Flow and 2 nights in natures Valley) for Bird Club members.

We will stay in  and braai each evening.

The cost is R1120 per person for the trip or R2240 for a couple. Once your name has been included for the trip a 50% deposit of R560.00 per person or R1120 for a couple is required and the remainder to be paid by the 30th September 2019.

The accommodation at Ebb n’ Flow consists of Forest Lodges and the Forest Cottage for four members of the group.

At Natures Valley the accommodation is in Forest Huts for two people in each hut. This accommodation is basic and toilet facilities are communal and close to each Forest Hut.

It is a superb birding area with several bird hides along the river and Natures Valley speaks for itself.

For reference see – www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_route/camps/wilderness/

and wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature%27s_Valley

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

Outing to Duinepos

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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