Programme 2018

 

Herewith the 2018 programme of events.  Please note that this schedule is flexible, so look out for possible amendments throughout the year.

January

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.

February

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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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

July

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 ?

August

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

September

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 ?.

October

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

November

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.

December

6th – Monthly walk at Jesse Walton’s farm led by Mike Ford.            10th – Committee Meeting.           12th – Club Meeting at 18hoo.  Christmas Party

Christmas Party

 

Around 70 club members attended the Christmas party held last evening at Fernkloof.  It was a fun-filled affair, starting with the photographic competition, in which members were asked to judge images submitted in the categories of Best Picture, Best Caption and Best Fun Photo.  No less than 42 images were submitted – all of a very high standard and the crowd had their work cut out trying to decide which were the best.  In the end Frank Hallett got the award for Best Picture, with his wonderful action shot showing a Jackal trying to make a meal of a pair of Namaqua Sand Grouse.

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Outfoxed by Frank Hallett

 

Margie Ogston won the Best Caption with her image of two very different looking Guineafowl, with the title as below.

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‘THE THOUGHT OF A ZIPLINE IN FERNKLOOF MAKES THE HAIR ON MY NECK RISE’ by Margie Ogston

The Best Fun Photo award went to Ed Meyer, with his great image of interaction between a Little Egret and a Black Heron.

What's under there?  - Kwetsani, Okavango

What ya hiding under your umbrella?

The ‘Bring and Braai’ went well with much jostling around the fire – and the unusual interruption caused by the gas running out and some frantic scrabbling in order to eventually find a bottle which was not empty.  Then there was an interlude of Anagram solving – trying to identify the bird names.  Mariette Pitlo was the star of the show, achieving a good number of answers in quick time.

It was good to see many new members participating and we were all blown away when Wolfgang and Gertrude stood up and gave us an impromptu song in Austrian!  What a surprise and what a great way to introduce yourselves to the club!  I just wish I had had my camera with me to record all the festivities.

Christmas Party

 

Please don’t forget to contact Craig at pcsholmes@telkomsa.net 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 pcsholmes@telkomsa.net) 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!

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Lee Kathy and Vanessa

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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 pcsholmes@telkomsa.net

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”

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Its an upside down world for some!