Call For Speakers


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.

WINTER BIRDING – Talk on Wednesday, 11 September


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.

Quiz Night


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 /  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.”

Gavin Turner

Meeting on Wednesday


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

Don’t Miss This Talk on Zimbabwe


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.

Name Badges


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


Mkuze Game Reserve


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.

Woodpeckers of the World

A pair of Cardinal Woodpeckers

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.