Christmas Party


Please don’t forget to contact Craig at if you want to attend our year end function on 13 December.  It will be a bring-and-braai as well as our annual photographic competition (see previous notice)

Photo Competition at the Christmas Party


Part of the fun at the Christmas Function on 13 December, will be a Bird Photo Competition, where members will be free to take part as contestants and as judges.

The meeting will be at the Fernkloof Reserve Hall. It will start at 18:00, and will be a ‘bring and braai’ evening where members are required to bring everything  including food, drink, crockery, glasses and cutlery.  Fires and a limited amount of wine will be provided.

Club members wishing to attend must please book with Chairman Craig Holmes (028 313 2458 or 083 227 9003 or for catering purposes.  Numbers will be limited by the size of the venue, so it will be a matter of first come, first served.

In the competition, photos will be judged in three categories – Best Bird Photo, Best Fun Photo and Catchiest Caption. The rules are simple.

Each member may enter up to three bird photos in each category. The bird or birds in the photo must have been wild. No chickens, captured birds or escapee exotics.

Each photo must be mounted on or printed on an A4-size sheet, with a caption written or typed on the same side as the photo, and the member’s name and telephone number on the back.

Entries must be handed in at the Fernkloof Hall by 17:30 on the 13th. Judging will be from 18:00 to 18:30. Each member attending the meeting will have one vote in each category.


HBC – Twenty Years Young!


Tonight we celebrated our twentieth birthday.  Founder members were presented with certificates commemorating their loyalty to the club and there were many members present to enjoy the party and have a glass of wine with these elder citizens!

Then Faansie Peacock gave us a presentation quite unlike any we have ever had before, when he regaled us with his version of what makes birders tick. I was a hilarious account of what we do and why we do it and it certainly had a real ring of truth throughout!  There were many of us who recognised exactly who he was talking about!


Lee Kathy and Vanessa


The recipients with Craig and Mike



Bumper October Meeting and Wader Course


Our 18 October meeting will kick off with an early start at 6:15 pm, so as to give us time to honour the founder members of the club – those who were present when it was formed in October 1997 – and they will be presented with Certificates marking their twenty year commitment to the club.

Faansie Peacock will be our guest speaker at the meeting which is at 7:00 pm.  He will be presenting a comedic look at what makes a birder tick (no pun intended!).

Then on the following day (Thursday 19 October) he will present his course on Waders – see the flyers below.  This will be limited to 40 persons and will start at 9:30 for 10:00 am. There will be 2 modules in the morning followed by a lunch break (attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and drinks) and then an afternoon session.  The cost will be R110 per person and those interested must please sign up with Craig asap at

The course should be completed by 3:00 pm

September Meeting


Because of the Flower Festival, our monthly meeting will be brought forward a week and will now take place on Wednesday 13 September at 6:00pm  The speaker will be Ronnie Hazell, who will be talking about his and Renee’s recent trip to Zimbabwe and Kruger Park under the heading, “A Winter Traverse”


Its an upside down world for some!

Important News


Please note that for the walk at Grootbos, nobody may take their own refreshments. Grootbos will provide complimentary tea and coffee for all participants.  This is good news, indeed!

Please remember that Mike Ford will be talking on his birding experiences in Ethiopia on 19 July.  His ‘not to be missed‘ talk is entitled “Birding with the Big Cats

Coming Events


Outing to Grootbos

On Thursday 6 July there will be a walk at Grootbos which will be led by a well-qualified member of the Grootbos staff.  It will take in both fynbos and forest habitats and should be a worthwhile birding experience.  Please meet at the parking area between the main road and the cliff path at Kraal Rock at 07:30am to consolidate transport.


An ancient Milkwood at Grootbos

July Meeting

Mike Ford will talk on his experiences and work undertaken during his trip to Ethiopia. Don’t miss this talk which is bound to be one of the highlights of the year, and which will provide an insight into a fascinating country and the interesting birds that Mike was able to see and ring.


Keir Lynch – June Speaker


This month we will be privileged to have Keir Lynch addressing us at our monthly meeting on 21 June. His talk will be titled “Birds and Biodiversity –  Threatened Species in a Threatened Landscape.” and should be of interest to all members.

In his own words, “I have two decades of experience within nature conservation and have been privileged to work in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Phinda Private Nature Reserve, Shamwari Game Reserve and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.  In 2012 I joined the CapeNature Biodiversity Stewardship Programme and was responsible for landscape conservation and protected area expansion in the Overberg region.  I left CapeNature to head into the frontlines of conserving threatened ecosystems by heading up a Watercourse Restoration Project for the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, a project funded by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust.  I am also the Chairperson of the Overberg Crane Group and an avid naturalist.  When not looking at birds I can be found searching for snakes underneath rocks or wading through wetlands in search of frogs.”

We look forward to a full turn out at this interesting meeting.