An Epic Birding Trip


Renee and I left Hermanus on 25 October and returned yesterday, on 27 November, after driving over 8000 kms round South Africa on a birding adventure.  Our aim was to identify as many local birds as possible, out of a total of around 1000 South African species.  One might think this an easy task, but we were severely challenged in putting together a list of 427 species.  For us, it was a trip record, as we had never previously beaten 400, but we did take nearly 5 weeks this time and visited a variety of locations and habitats. The map below gives a rough idea of our progress and I will attempt to describe our adventure in a series of articles to follow.

BBY trip

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With regret, we must inform members that there appears to be little appetite for the MMBBD which was to have taken place on Sunday.  A number of participants are no longer available and the Quarter-Final Rugby match between the Springboks and Japan is really what most people want to watch, so we will try to re-schedule this event for 2020.

In the meantime, do keep up your birding for the Challenge, which is no doubt getting hot with the return of the Summer migrants.  Our next reporting date is at the end of November and we look forward to some good numbers!