Mike Ford will once again entertaining members with the Annual Bird Quiz which will take place on Wednesday 21 August in the Fernkloof Hall. Soup and Sherry will be served and we call for volunteers to contact John Saunders 028 316 2302 / email@example.com if they are prepared to make a pot of soup for this event. We are looking for around 8 pots, each capable of serving 8-10 persons.
Participants will be required to bring mugs (for the soup) and wits (for the quiz). You are welcome to arrange teams of 4, but if you don’t them we will arrange teams on the night. It is time to start swotting up on your birds!! This promises to be a fun-filled evening!
Gavin Turner will be talking on Wednesday 17 July on his pelagic trip. This is a talk that you should not miss!! He says,
“A group of nine of us went on a pelagic trip, at the end of January, from the New Harbour out to the trawler fishing grounds some 30 kilometres south of Cape Point.
Seabirds, which breed on land but otherwise spend their lives at sea, congregate in large numbers around the trawlers, squabbling for scraps. The diversity of seabirds is highly seasonal – in summer North Atlantic seabirds migrate south. (In winter different seabirds migrate northwards from their breeding grounds as far south as Antarctica).
We were able to experience large flocks of summer birds following behind the trawlers, as well as unforgettable close-up sightings of a good selection of birds interacting between each other.”
The Bird Club meeting this Wednesday will host guest speaker, Jenny Parsons, from Pringle Bay.
The title of her presentation is – “A photographic journey of the local Pringle Bay Oystercatcher breeding pair and what I learnt along the way”.
The Fernkloof Hall will be open at 6 pm for an early glass of wine for a R10 donation and Jenny’s talk will commence at 6.30 pm
All our monthly meetings start at 6:30 pm, but are preceded by the opportunity to get together over a glass of wine at 6:00 pm. This is the norm and will be adhered to unless otherwise notified!
Last year John & Shelagh Bowman spent time exploring the wild and wonderful , but little visited, Gonarezhou National Park.
This was followed by a visit to the beautiful, and bird rich, Eastern Highland region of Zimbabwe. They entered Zimbabwe via Mozambique, crossing the Limpopo River from the Kruger National Park.
As we know John & Shelagh’s presentations are always fascinating and this will also be no exception.
In order to improve our getting to know each other in the club, we will in future be wearing name badges at all club meetings. Some of you already have badges, but there are many who don’t. In order to know which new names need badges, will all members who already have name tags, please let Sue know asap. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday evening, Lester van Groeningen will be sharing his and his wife, Cheryl’s experiences of the Mkhuze Game Reserve and their wealth of knowledge of Zululand Birds. This should be a very interesting presentation and will highlight the diversity of birds in the Reserve.
Kick-off in Fernkloof will, as usual, be with drinks at 6:00 pm, followed by the meeting at 6:30 pm.
Please note that the talk by Duncan Butchard this Wednesday evening has been amended and will now be on “Woodpeckers of the World”. It promises to be interesting, so be sure to attend the meeting, which kicks off at 6:00 pm at the Fernkloof Hall.
Please refer to the Programme for 2019 in order to be up to date with what your club is planning for next year!
Our Christmas party was held last evening. It was a fun-filled affair and was enjoyed by 64 members who filled the Fernkloof Hall. Craig kicked off the proceedings by announcing Honorary Life Memberships for the Palmers and the Bowmans, in recognition of the huge amount of work these two couples have put into the club. It was a well-deserved accolade!
Then there was the annual photographic competition, with all participants invited to vote for the Best Bird Picture, Most Amusing Picture and Best Title. Jill Eckstein won the first category, and Winnie Pybus took both the other awards with her only entry! Well done! The competition attracted 29 entries in all!
Ronnie ran a short Anagram quiz. With complicated anagrams of local bird names, it was good to see that our birders were quick off the mark in identifying the species listed, despite anagrams like Conspire Damn Mop (Common Sandpiper).
A good time was had by all! We look forward to seeing you all next year. Happy Birding!