November Meeting



Please be reminded that our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 November at Fernkloof at 6.00 for 6.30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Carin Malan, who is an avid birder.  She will take us on a photographic journey, with lots of practical tips en route, through the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and southern Namibia.

Don’t miss this presentation which promises to be spellbinding!

Christmas Photographic Competition


This year we will again hold our annual Photographic Competition at the same time as the Christmas Party.  Members may submit up to three images in the following categories;  Best Bird Picture,  Best Title, and Most Amusing Picture.

Images should be no greater than A4 size and, if smaller, should be mounted on an A4 mount.  Larger images will not be allowed.  All images must display titles and have the photographer’s name out of sight on the back of the image.  Voting will be by members present and each member will have one vote per category.  All images must be handed in at the Fernkloof Hall by 5:30 pm on 12 December, so as to allow time for hanging.

We look forward to a good turn-out and a stunning display of great photographs!

Christmas Party


On the 12th December the Hermanus Bird Club will hold its annual byo Christmas Party at the Fernkloof Hall at 18h00.

Numbers are sadly limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

We will have a gas braai available for those wishing to braai but if you prefer to bring along a picnic, that too would be great. You will need to bring along cutlery, crockery and glasses and of course your own beverages.

It’s always a fun evening and we look forward to spending time with you amongst our birding friends.

Please RSVP to by 15 November.

Liuwa Plains – Zambia, Birding through the Seasons

The next meeting of the HBC will take place in the Fernkloof Hall on Wednesday 17 October at 18h30.  It will be preceded by the usual drinks at 18h00.  Our speaker will be Gavin Turner.  Be sure to attend what will be a most interesting presentation!  Gavin and Cynthia Turner are old hands at the Liuwa Plains.  They write,

“Liuwa Plains is a remote National Park in Western Zambia best known for its

wildebeest migration, but has a wide variety and large masses of birds, which

for us is its main attraction.  As such it has become one of our favourites.

We have been there 4 times, in both the wet and dry seasons, which are quite  

different, and the presentation will cover these visits.”

12th September – Monthly Meeting


We will entertained in September by Sally Hofmeyr, an academic English editor and biologist. She has studied large terrestrial birds (including the Black Korhaan and Secretarybird) and how they are responding to environmental change. Since January 2016 she has been working full time for an online academic English editing company, while continuing with ornithological fieldwork — bird ringing, bird counts, and penguin monitoring — as much as possible.

The meeting starts at 18h30 and will be be preceded by the usual social get-together with drinks at 18h00.

Quiz Cancelled


The committee has decided to cancel this year’s Quiz, as it is very difficult to reschedule it, given the fact that key people will be away, events clash if a new schedule is chosen and all our monthly meetings are already committed one way or another.  We apologise and hope you will understand the reasoning behind this decision.

Quiz Evening Postponed


Sadly, we must postpone the quiz which was due to take place on Wednesday evening, due to the ongoing rioting which is taking place in and around Zwelihle.  We do not want to put anyone at risk by their having to drive through the area.

Members will be notified as soon as the security situation is resolved.  We apologise for the change of plans, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

To all those who have agreed to prepare soup, we hope you will be able to put your cooking schedule on hold until a new date is decided.



Please make the following changes to your diary for forthcoming events at the Hermanus Bird Club – changes affect the July and August meetings.

 18 July .   Our Annual Quiz takes place. Mike Ford will be the Quizmaster – Soup and sherry will be served at mid-way and we will have our usual donation wine available. Quiz starts at 18h30 and as usual the wine bar will be open at 18h00

 15 August    Pinky Ngewu from the Dyer Island Trust will talk to us about what they are doing to preserve our precious Seabirds. Wine bar opens at 18h00 and the talk starts at 18h30.