What Happened Last Night?

 

Yesterday, the usual third Wednesday of the month we had Dr Ross Wanless as our guest speaker.  Ross is an absolute boffin who shared his amazing knowledge – from Albatross’s with 3.5m wingspans, Penguin food concerns, deep line fishing and how the BLSA actions have reduced bird kill dramatically to eradicating mice on the Islands affecting bird populations and on to some areas of our oceans 500km by 500kms which have 32 000 000 hooks catching fish!

Sadly we had 20 people there – half of whom were committee and spouses despite the meeting being in the Hermanus Times, Village News and in the events on the blog.

John Saunders does an enormous amount of work on the walks and talks and I was so sad last night to see so few of our members at this stunningly brilliant presentation.

Craig

IMPORTANT NOTICE – MEETING TIMES

 

Following the confusion that appears to dog our members regarding the starting times for meetings, Craig, last night, made a decision to simplify the matter.  All monthly meetings will in future comply with the following times, irrespective of seasons:

6:00 pm.  Arrive at the Fernkloof Hall for a pre-meeting get-together with a glass of wine, if so desired.

6:30 pm.  The meeting will commence and will aim to finish at 7:30 pm, thereby giving members a chance to have supper, or whatever!  More time will be allowed for the AGM, annual quiz and other special events.

Club Meeting and AGM

 

Members are reminded that the AGM will be held on Wednesday 21 February.  This will follow immediately on a our regular meeting at which Duncan Butchart will speak on Garden Birds and present his book on this subject. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reduced price of R200.

The meeting will commence at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by an opportunity to socialise over snacks and drinks.

The next monthly outing will be held on Thursday 1 March and will be to Haygrove Berry Farm, under the guidance of Mike Ford.  Participants should meet in the gravel parking area at Hemel’n’Aarde Village at 7:00 am

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)