We live in interesting times! Given the demographics and travel patterns of the members of our club, the committee today decided to suspend all club activities until further notice. There will, therefore, be no meeting on Wednesday evening as previously announced.
Please accept our apologies for this disruption, but it will probably suit most members to know that they are under no obligation to attend meetings that they would actually prefer to avoid!!
Sycamore Figs at Ndumo
Members are reminded that our January meeting kicks off at 6:00 pm on Wednesday the 15th.
Come and join Carin Malan on an armchair journey, giving practical tips and routes to follow to discover why Zululand is “Way beyond the Big 5”.
She will be taking you on an adventure through the big forests of Zululand, all the way from Stanger to Ndumo and tell you all about “stiff neck” birding.
An added bonus will be some awesome photographs she has taken on the way and specifically at the well-known Zimanga Game Reserve.
Our Speaker for this coming Wednesday evening Hermanus Bird Club meeting is committee member Monika von Oppell.
She will be presenting a talk about her journey in Antarctica from Porto Madryn on the northern coast of Patagonia in Argentina through the Drake Passage to the Falklands and the islands of South Georgia and the birds she encountered along the way.
As usual entrance if free of charge, from 6 pm where a glass of wine will be available for the contribution of R10 per glass.
The meeting will then start at 6.30 pm and I hope to see you there.
We will need to arrange some speakers for our monthly meetings in the early part of 2020. If any members have reports on recent trips or birding experiences, which they would like to pass on, please let John Saunders know. Alternately, if you know of someone outside of the club who might be prepared to give a talk, we would be interested.
Ronnie and Renee traveled 7500 km through three countries in May 2018. On Wednesday, Ronnie will talk about this trip and the nearly 400 birds that they recorded, despite it being in winter, when many migrants are absent. The talk, which will commence at 6:30 pm, will be preceded by the usual social get-together at Fernkloof at 6:00 pm.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org 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.