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.

The Christmas Party


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!

Carin Malan in the Kgalagadi


The club meeting last night was amazing!.

We had over 90 attendees to last night’s club meeting. I counted 94 and there were others in the Wine lobby.

Many of our Swallows were back. We also had a small group from a Cape Town BirdLife group visiting Stanford who decided to pop in and we gained a new member.

Guy managed to find some more chairs and benches and there were still people standing.

Carin’s talk was excellent. She and her husband have been going to the Kgalagadi regularly for over twenty years.

She gave a comprehensive travelogue on how to get there, where to stay andwhat you need to take with you, but best of all was her SUPERB photography.

Her photographs covered all of the bird species plus the big cats and all the other wild animals, reptiles and insects that you expect to see in the Kgalagadi Park.

You need to book the camps a year in advance and to plan your trip carefully.

A fascinating place for the avid off-track birder, but you definitely need a 4 x 4.

John Saunders

November Meeting



Please be reminded that our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 November at Fernkloof at 6.00 for 6.30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Carin Malan, who is an avid birder.  She will take us on a photographic journey, with lots of practical tips en route, through the beautiful Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and southern Namibia.

Don’t miss this presentation which promises to be spellbinding!

Christmas Photographic Competition


This year we will again hold our annual Photographic Competition at the same time as the Christmas Party.  Members may submit up to three images in the following categories;  Best Bird Picture,  Best Title, and Most Amusing Picture.

Images should be no greater than A4 size and, if smaller, should be mounted on an A4 mount.  Larger images will not be allowed.  All images must display titles and have the photographer’s name out of sight on the back of the image.  Voting will be by members present and each member will have one vote per category.  All images must be handed in at the Fernkloof Hall by 5:30 pm on 12 December, so as to allow time for hanging.

We look forward to a good turn-out and a stunning display of great photographs!

Christmas Party


On the 12th December the Hermanus Bird Club will hold its annual byo Christmas Party at the Fernkloof Hall at 18h00.

Numbers are sadly limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

We will have a gas braai available for those wishing to braai but if you prefer to bring along a picnic, that too would be great. You will need to bring along cutlery, crockery and glasses and of course your own beverages.

It’s always a fun evening and we look forward to spending time with you amongst our birding friends.

Please RSVP to by 15 November.

Liuwa Plains – Zambia, Birding through the Seasons

The next meeting of the HBC will take place in the Fernkloof Hall on Wednesday 17 October at 18h30.  It will be preceded by the usual drinks at 18h00.  Our speaker will be Gavin Turner.  Be sure to attend what will be a most interesting presentation!  Gavin and Cynthia Turner are old hands at the Liuwa Plains.  They write,

“Liuwa Plains is a remote National Park in Western Zambia best known for its

wildebeest migration, but has a wide variety and large masses of birds, which

for us is its main attraction.  As such it has become one of our favourites.

We have been there 4 times, in both the wet and dry seasons, which are quite  

different, and the presentation will cover these visits.”

12th September – Monthly Meeting


We will entertained in September by Sally Hofmeyr, an academic English editor and biologist. She has studied large terrestrial birds (including the Black Korhaan and Secretarybird) and how they are responding to environmental change. Since January 2016 she has been working full time for an online academic English editing company, while continuing with ornithological fieldwork — bird ringing, bird counts, and penguin monitoring — as much as possible.

The meeting starts at 18h30 and will be be preceded by the usual social get-together with drinks at 18h00.