AGM on 16 March

Please remember that the important AGM will be held at the Fernkloof Hall on Wednesday 16 March at 7:00 pm. Wine will be served at 6:30, so please bring your own glass or you will miss out!

Mike Kokot will talk about the recent Flock-at-Sea undertaken by BLSA. He was a lucky participant and will have lots to tell us about the trip to Marion Island and the amazing birds that he saw.

If anyboby wants to volunteer for a place on the committee, please contact Barbara Palmer. We are always looking for new blood to keep the wheels turning!

Coservation Conversations with BLSA

View this email in your browser   Join Trevor Hardaker on Tuesday 6 April at 19:00 (SAST), as he highlights his birding experiences at the West Coast National Park, which is a ‘must visit’ destination for any birding enthusiast. This talk is the second in our SANParks Series.   BirdLife South Africa is a firm believer that 

conservation needs to start with conversation.

This Tuesday, 6 April 2021 at 19:00 (SAST), BirdLife South Africa’s weekly webinar series
Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa’ 
will host Trevor Hardaker, Founder of SA Rare Bird News and Zest for Birds.
  As a hugely avid birder, Trevor spends a lot of time in the field watching
and photographing birds and has developed a huge passion (some would
say an unhealthy obsession!!) for the hobby after almost 4 decades of
birding. He has been fortunate to travel fairly extensively, both locally and
abroad, in his pursuit of birds but, when asked what his favourite birding
destinations are, he will always include what he considers to be his local
patch, the West Coast National Park. With over 300 species recorded in
this park just an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, Trevor will
introduce us to some of the birds we are likely to encounter in the
park, give an overview of the various habitats one will find there
and also give us some tips on when the best times to visit certain
areas are, especially when it comes to the waders and trying to tie
our visits in with the correct tides, etc. As his interests extend
beyond birds, he will also give some brief coverage of some of the
other biodiversity in the park and, naturally, will share with us some
of the very long list of the rarities that the park has played host to
over the years.

This is a talk not to be missed!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers of the Conservation Conversations webinars are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of BirdLife South Africa, its partners or funders. BirdLife South Africa is not responsible and does not verify any of the information presented on this platform for accuracy. The primary focus of this platform is to educate and raise awareness for the conservation of our birds and biodiversity.   To register for this webinar series please click here   *Once you have registered for this talk you will automatically be registered for the upcoming webinar series and will not need to re-register going forward. Weekly reminders with the Zoom link will be sent to your inbox (be sure to check your spam/junk folders if you do not receive the link).          Warning:
The webinar series has grown in popularity and we are expecting high viewer volumes that may exceed our 500 viewer capacity on Zoom. Please do not panic if you cannot get in through Zoom, you can still watch the webinar live on the BirdLife South Africa Facebook Page using the Facebook Live video stream.  .
  To watch through Facebook Live click here Support Conservation Conversations this April and WIN!     Are you enjoying these webinars?
Consider a small donation towards their production by scanning the QR code below. 

We welcome any support towards the production of these webinars, donate towards Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa from as little as R20 by either scanning the QR code below or clicking here to donate through the Quicket website directly. If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via    Support the Conservation Conversations webinars here     We have successfully launched the audio version of Conservation Conversations which can now be streamed from all major podcast streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play. To listen to the audio from each of our episodes click the link below. 
Thanks to volunteer Carl Bierman for assisting with the production of the podcast.    Listen to the Conservation Conversations podcast here         How to access our webinars

Thanks to fantastic online platforms like Zoom, we are able to bring you live slide shows and videos from anywhere in the world. If you have never used Zoom or an online webinar platform before, do not fear, here are a few easy steps to follow that will allow you to access the talks: Visit to download the free Zoom application to your computer or cellular device.  Visit the new “Conservation Conversations” webpage to see the schedule of upcoming talks by clicking here. Click on the blue drop-down bar with the talk that you are interested in and then click the green ‘Register for this talk’ button.  Fill in your name and email address on the form and submit it. You will receive the Zoom invitation link to access the talk in your inbox shortly thereafter. Use that link on the assigned presentation date to access the Zoom meeting room and watch the webinar live. We recommend logging in 10 minutes before each webinar starts.      Want to find out more?

Visit the BirdLife South Africa Conservation Conversations webpage where you can find the schedule of upcoming talks and the registration forms to sign up for these presentations. 

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Getting More out of Birding

A note from Anton Odendal

Hi John,

Hope this finds you well. Would you kindly forward this announcement to your members. I believe that the one on the Cederberg Wilderness will be of particular interest to them even though some great birding destinations are being featured in the other talks this time around.

Warm regards.



Join us for the 6th series of ‘Getting More out of Birding Talks’ by Anton Odendal that is being released through WeTransfer between 22 and 26 March. It features birding opportunities in the Mapungupwe and Golden Gate Highlands National Parks, the Mtunzini region, the eastern Drakensberg region and the Cederberg Wilderness. Individual talks can also be ordered. Contact Elaine at for more information and to register.

Find details at this link:

2021 – A new Year in difficult Conditions

2020 was a bad year for the club. Our membership dropped by around 100 members, probably due to a combination of our inability to hold meetings and participate in activities, as well as a general fear of possible Covid infection. We are naturally concerned about all of these factors, but feel that we have our hands tied regarding meetings and away trips. We will, therefore, be continuing with monthly walks, and we also encourage members to look at the Birdlife South Africa presentations that are available on UTube. They are generally very good and the speakers come from a wide background and have very interesting subjects. Whilst not exactly club meetings, these will keep your interest up and keep you aware of what is happening in the birding world.

Any members who may have dropped off the Radar are encouraged to join up again. Please pay your subs, which are unchanged from last year (at R150 for a single and R250 for a partnership) if not already paid.

Finally, our first walk of the year will probably take place on Thursday 8 April (so as not to coincide with Easter) when we will meet at the Onrus Trading Post at 7:30am prior to visiting the Swartrivier Road and, hopefully, Gabrielskloof Farm. A further notice will be published to confirm this.

We are still looking for a committee member to assume the role of Secretary, Monika having resigned. If you can help in this regard, please contact John Saunders, who will give you a very warm welcome!!

In the meantime, it seems we will have to wait for the vaccine roll-out before we can resume any sort of normality.

Flying Higher

This invitation received from Anton Odendal;

Dear John,

BirdLife Overberg’s next online bird appreciation talk will be on Monday 14 September at 19h00. It will be appreciated if you would forward this announcement to your members.  Anton will do one of the latest talks from the Flying Higher online bird appreciation series. Some of the 20 species to be highlighted include Eleonora’s Falcon, Grey Kestrel, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Taita Falcon, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle and Western Marsh Harrier, as well as the species with which these could possibly be confused. Some amazing stories of their breeding biology and migration routes will also be shared. This talk is especially for those of you who travel a lot and those wanting to learn more about some of these hugely sought-after and little known species. The invitation link is here:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 7293 5969

Passcode: 168468

All other enquiries could be forwarded to

Warm regards.

Anton Odendal