Frank Hallet has sent me the following pictures taken at De Hoop
The weather, though overcast, did not result in those who went to De Hoop being downcast. Spotting waders at De Hoop was part of the fun had by 16 of us. In total 111 species were counted.
The Stanford Bird Club very kindly invited a representative of HBC to join them on their inaugural cruise down the Klein River in the newly launched ‘Lady Stanford’ and Renee and I were the lucky participants. We set off at 7:30 am this morning along with around 20 local birders and spent three and a half hours enjoying the wonderful birding along the river.
The Lady Stanford is a purpose built river boat and it provided a wonderful platform from which to enjoy the abundant birdlife that the region has to offer. We saw no less than 70 species. There were many Giant Kingfishers, abundant African Darters, all the Grebes, three Herons, Falmingos galore and much more. The juvenile African Harrier-Hawk was a highlight as it pecked at its branch, and we saw two Osprey, as well a s a number of Fish Eagles.
At one point, a Bontebok on the bank with a large piece of vegetation attached to its horns kept us entertained. Above it, a beautiful Common Buzzard looked down and wondered what all the fuss was about!
Thank you to Peter Hochfelden and the Stanford Club for an enthralling morning!!
John Saunders has made some inquiries into the possibility of a pelagic trip for club members. It appears that the costs are around R2000 per person for a one day outing from the Simonstown harbour. Participants would need to board at 7:00 am, so a very early start from Hermanus or an overnight stay in CT also form part of the equation. There is also the possibility that the trip may have to be held over for a day or so depending on the weather.
Would members wishing to pursue this option, which needs a minimum of 6 people, please let Craig know asap.
De Hoop – we have one space left on the de Hoop outing for a couple or two singles – 6 – 8 March at the cost of R845.00 per person. If you are interested in joining this small group to this wonderful reserve please contact Craig on email@example.com or 0283132458
Herewith the 2018 programme of events. Please note that this schedule is flexible, so look out for possible amendments throughout the year.
15th – Committee Meeting. 17th – Club Meeting at 18h30. Our guest speaker will be Gerhard Vosloo and he will speak on Birds of the Kgalagadi. Month 2 of the Challenge.
1st – Monthly walk at Rooisand Reserve led by John Saunders. 19th – Committee Meeting. 21st – AGM at 18h30. Our guest speaker will be Duncan Butchart and he will speak about his book on garden birds in Southern Africa. Month 3 of the Challenge.
1st – Monthly walk at Haygrove Berry Farm led by Mike Ford. 19th – Committee Meeting. 21st – Club Meeting at 18h30. Guest speaker will be Christine Hagen and she will speak about Penguins or Coastal Birds. Month 4 of the Challenge. Outing to De Hoop.
5th – Monthly walk at Stanford, led by Barbara Palmer. 16th – Committee Meeting. 18th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Guest speaker will be Ross Wanless, who will talk about Saving Seabirds from Extinction. Last month of the Challenge! Outing to Honeywood Farm.
5th – Monthly walk Benguela Cove led by John Saunders. 14th – Committee Meeting. 16th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Guest speaker will be John Bowman and he will speak on Thailand. Outing to Redstone Hills and Die Hel.
7th – Monthly walk in the Caledon Gardens led by Ronnie Hazell. 18th – Committee Meeting. 20th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Guest speaker will be Erika Brink and she will talk about the Nuwejaars Wetlands
5th – Monthly walk at Grootbos an Stanford Platform, led by John Saunders. 16th – Committee Meeting. 18th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Guest speaker will be Vernon Head and he will talk about ?
2nd – Monthly walk on the Onrus and Vermont Coastal path led by John and Sheelagh Bowman. 13th – Committee Meeting. 15th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Quiz evening
6th – Monthly walk in Fernkloof led by ?. 10th – Committee Meeting. 12th – Club Meeting at 18h00. Guest speaker will be Wicus Leewner and he will talk on ?.
4th – Monthly walk at Gabrielskloof led by John Saunders. 15th – Committee Meeting. 17th – Club Meeting at 18h30. Guest speaker will be Gavin Turner and he will speak about Zambia
1st – Monthly walk at De Mond led by Mike Ford and Chris Cheetham. 19th – Committee Meeting. 21st – Club Meeting at 18h30. Guest speaker will be Andrea Angel and she will talk about the work of the Albatross Task Force.
6th – Monthly walk at Jesse Walton’s farm led by Mike Ford. 10th – Committee Meeting. 12th – Club Meeting at 18hoo. Christmas Party
|Duinepos Outing – 128 Species seen|
|Apalis||Bar throated||Martin||Common house|
|Bulbul||Red eyed||Oriole||Black headed|
|Canary||Black headed||Pelican||Great white|
|Chat||Ant eating||Pipit||Plain backed|
|Chat||Sickle winged||Plover||Greater sand|
|Cisticola||Le Vaillant’s||Plover||Lesser sand|
|Coot||Red knobbed||Plover||White fronted|
|Duck||African black||Snake-Eagle||Black chested|
|Duck||White backed||Sparrow||Grey headed|
|Eagle||African crowned||Sparrowhawk||Rufous chested|
|Eremomela||Yellow bellied||Starling||Pale winged|
|Flycatcher||Fairy||Sunbird||Greater double collored|
|Francolin||Grey winged||Sunbird||Southern double collared|
|Godwit||Bar tailed||Swallow||Greater striped|
|Goose||Spur winged||Swallow||Pearl breasted|
|Grebe||Black necked||Swift||African palm|
|Lark||Agulhas long billed||Weaver||Cape|
|Lark||Cape long billed||Wheatear||Mountain|
|Lark||Karoo long billed||White eye||Orange river|
|Lark||Red capped||Wood-hoopoe||Green backed|
|Martin||Brown throated||Wydah||Pin tailed|
Craig led the three day outing to Duinepos, which was attended by 16 lucky birders. The weather looked threatening and it was supposed to rain all day on Tuesday, but, luckily for us, it fell on Monday night and we only had a small shower or two on Tuesday.
Our adventure started on Sunday with a visit to the Geelbek hides and surrounding area. Sadly there were not many waders present, but we saw a family of four Rock Kestrels on the roof of the restaurant and they kept us well occupied with their antics. That evening we heard an owl calling and when I investigated on Monday morning, I thought we had found a Cape Eagle Owl. This made for much excitement and we managed to see it again on the following two mornings, however, a photograph sent to Trevor Hardaker, dashed our hopes when he confirmed it as a Spotted Eagle Owl!
On Monday morning we traveled to Veldrif and visited the salt works at Kuifkopvisvanger Farm. We had excellent sightings of many waders, including Chestnut Banded Plovers and Ruffs. It was a very good morning! In the afternoon, a visit to the Seeberg hide gave us the opportunity to see more waders and a good selection of Terns. A second visit to this hide on Tuesday morning added to our tally which was growing nicely. By the time we had visited Abrahamskraal for some freshwater birds, and the Atlantic coast, we had seen most of our target species.
On Wednesday morning the official outing ended and a few of us returned home, but not without another visit to Abrahamskraal, where we were rewarded with a pair of African Rails and another sighting of the rare Black-headed Canaries, that appear to have settled there.
Our species tally had reached the respectable total of 119, although it is likely that those remaining there for the next two days may well increase this number.
|BIRD CHECK LIST . . . . HERMANUS BIRD CLUB|
|Apalis Bar-throated||x||Flamingo Greater||x||Owl Barn||Teal Cape||x|
|Avocet Pied||x||Flamingo Lesser||x||Oystercatcher African Black||x||Tern Caspian||x|
|Barbet Acacia Pied||x||Flycatcher African Dusky||Painted-snipe Greater||Tern Common||x|
|Batis Cape||Flycatcher Fiscal||x||Paradise-Flycatcher African||Tern Little||x|
|Bee-eater European||x||Flycatcher Spotted||Pelican Great White||x||Tern Sandwhich||x|
|Bishop Southern Red||x||Francolin Grey-winged||x||Penguin African||Tern Swift||x|
|Bishop Yellow||x||Gannet Cape||x||Pigeon Speckled||x||Tern Whiskered|
|Bittern Little||Godwit Bar-tailed||Pipit African||x||Tern White-winged|
|Bokmakierie||x||Goose Egyptian||x||Pipit Long-billed||Thick-knee Water|
|Boubou Southern||Goose Spur-winged||Pipit Plain-backed||Thick-knee Spotted|
|Bulbul Cape||x||Goshawk African||Plover Grey||x||Thrush Olive||x|
|Bunting Cape||x||Goshawk Pale Chanting||Plover Kittlitz’s||x||Tit Grey|
|Bustard Denham’s||Grassbird Cape||Plover Ringed||x||Turnstone Ruddy|
|Buzzard Forest||Grebe Black-necked||x||Plover Three-banded||x||Turtle-dove Cape||x|
|Buzzard Jackal||x||Grebe Great Crested||x||Plover White-fronted||x||Vulture Cape|
|Buzzard Steppe||x||Grebe Little||x||Pochard Southern||Wagtail Cape||x|
|Canary Brimstone||Greenbul Sombre||Prinia Karoo||x||Warbler Victorin’s|
|Canary Cape||Greenshank Common||x||Quail Common||Warbler Willow|
|Canary Forest||Guineafowl Helmeted||x||Rail African||x||Waxbill Common|
|Canary Whitethroated||x||Gull Grey-headed||Raven White-necked||x||Waxbill Swee|
|Canary Black-headed||x||Gull Hartlaub’s||x||Reed-warbler African||Weaver Cape||x|
|Canary Yellow||x||Gull Kelp||x||Robin-chat Cape||x||Wheatear Capped||x|
|Chat Familiar||Hamerkop||Rock-jumper Cape||Whimbrel Common||x|
|Cisticola Cloud||Harrier Black||x||Rock-thrush Cape||White-eye Cape||x|
|Cisticola Grey-backed||Harrier-hawk African||Roller European||Whydah Pin-tailed|
|Cisticola Levaillant’s||x||Heron Black-headed||x||Ruff||x||Woodpecker Cardinal|
|Cisticola Zitting||Heron Goliath||Rush-warbler Little||x||Woodpecker Ground|
|Coot Red-knobbed||x||Heron Greenbacked||Sandpiper Common||x||Woodpecker Olive|
|Cormorant Bank||Heron Grey||x||Sandpiper Curlew||x|
|Cormorant Cape||x||Heron Purple||Sandpiper Wood||Total Seen||119|
|Cormorant Crowned||x||Heron Squacco||Saw-wing Black|
|Cormorant Reed||x||Honeybird Brown-backed||Scrub-robin Karoo||x|
|Cormorant White-breasted||x||Honeyguide Greater||Secretarybird|
|Coucal Burchell’s||Honeyguide Lesser||Seed-eater Streaky-headed|
|Crake Black||x||Hoopoe African||Shelduck South African|
|Crane Blue||x||Ibis African Sacred||x||Shoveler Cape||x|
|Crested-Flycatcher Blue-m||Ibis Glossy||x||Siskin Cape|
|Crombec Long-billed||Ibis Hadeda||x||Snake-Eagle Black-chested|
|Crow Cape||Kestrel Lesser||Snipe African|
|Crow Pied||x||Kestrel Rock||x||Sparrow Cape||x|
|Cuckoo Black||Kingfisher Brown-hooded||Sparrow House|
|Cuckoo Diederik||x||Kingfisher Giant||Sparrow S. Grey-headed||x|
|Cuckoo Klaas’||Kingfisher Malachite||Sparrowhawk Black|
|Cuckoo Red-chested||Kingfisher Pied||x||Sparrowhawk Rufous-chested|
|Cuckooshrike Black||Kite Black-shouldered||x||Spoonbil African||x|
|Curlew Eurasian||x||Kite Yellow-billed||x||Spurfowl Cape||x|
|Darter African||x||Knot Red||Starling Common||x|
|Dove Laughing||x||Lapwing Black-smith||x||Starling Pied||x|
|Dove Namaqua||x||Lapwing Crowned||Starling Red-winged|
|Dove Red-eyed||x||Lark Cape Clapper||Stilt Black-winged||x|
|Dove Rock||Lark Cape Long-billed||Stint Little||x|
|Dove Tambourine||Lark Largebilled||x||Stonechat African||x|
|Drongo Fork-tailed||Lark Redcapped||Stork White|
|Duck African Black||Lark Spike-heeled||Sugarbird Cape|
|Duck Fulvous||Longclaw Cape||x||Sunbird Amethyst|
|Duck Maccoa||Mallard||x||Sunbird Malachite||x|
|Duck White-backed||Marsh-Harrier African||x||Sunbird Orange-breasted|
|Duck White-faced||Martin Banded||x||Sunbird Souther Double-C||x|
|Duck Yellow-billed||x||Martin Brown-throated||x||Swallow Barn||x|
|Eagle Booted||x||Martin House||Swallow Greater Striped|
|Eagle Martial||Martin Rock||x||Swallow Pearl-breasted|
|Eagle Verreaux’s||Masked-weaver Southern||x||Swallow White-throated||x|
|Eagle-Owl Cape||Moorhen Common||x||Swamphen African Purple||x|
|Eagle-Owl Spotted||x||Mousebird Red-faced||Swamp-warbler Lesser||x|
|Egret Cattle||Mousebird Speckled||x||Swift African Black|
|Egret Great||Mousebird White-backed||x||Swift Alpine|
|Egret Little||x||Neddicky||Swift Common|
|Falcon Lanner||Night-Heron Black-crowned||Swift Little||x|
|Falcon Peregrine||Nightjar Fiery-necked||x||Swift White-rumped|
|Fiscal Common||x||Olive-pigeon African||Tchagra Southern|
|Fish-Eagle African||Ostrich Common||x||Teal Hottentot|
On the social side, we were, as usual, well catered for, with everybody putting in their particular contributions. It was a fun-filled outing and it provided an opportunity for getting to know more birds as well as each other!
We have booked two sundowner trips on the River Rat at Stanford. Dates 23 and 24th January and we will set sail at 17h00. Ernie will be our Captain and is a very good birder himself so with our expertise and his, we are bound to have a good outing.
The cost is R135.00 per person – you will need to bring your own drinks and snacks and glasses.
If you would like to participate contact Craig on firstname.lastname@example.org – first come first served – each cruise only takes 12 people.