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THE BEST EVER SA RARE BIRD NEWS REPORT FOR THE WESTERN CAPE!

Posted on the 6th December 2016
(Trevor Hardaker's SA Rare Bird News of 5 December certainly illustrates why the Western Cape is tops when it comes to birding in general and producing huge twitches in particular. - Ed.) O... Read more »

TEMMINCK'S STINT AT STRANDFONTEIN SEWAGE WORKS!!!!!!

Posted on the 30th November 2016
This is the first bird of this species in South Africa for at least 25 years - get there now folks. Also note that there are other VERY SPECIAL BIRDS at Strandfontein at the moment such as PEC... Read more »

THE FIRST EVER RUFOUS-TAILED SCRUB-ROBIN IN SOUTH AFRICA!

Posted on the 18th July 2016
(With appreciation to Trevor Hardaker for posting this report. - Ed.) Peter Steyn and Andre Demblon made a rather astonishing find this morning near Strandfontein Sewage Works when they located... Read more »

ALPINE SWIFTS FLIGHT IMAGES - CARIN HITS THE JACKPOT

Posted on the 27th April 2016
Carin Malan, the Deputy Chair of BirdLife Overberg photographed some Alpine Swifts at their home at Arabella Estate today. Enjoy folks.           ... Read more »

RARE BIRDS SEEN IN THE WESTERN CAPE DURING DECEMBER

Posted on the 4th January 2016
(The Western Cape Province again produced some excellent rare birds over the December holiday season. Here is a summary of birds seen as reported by Trevor Hardaker in the SA Rare Bird News report ... Read more »

GREATER PAINTED SNIPES AT PLETT

Posted on the 29th June 2015
(This report first appeared in the May 2015 club newsletter on BidLife Plett and is posted with the permission of the Editor. Images will be added later. - Ed.) Greater Painted Snipes – ... Read more »

AFRICAN RAIL & BLACK CRAKE AT PLETT

Posted on the 29th June 2015
(This report first appeared in the May 2015 club newsletter on BidLife Plett and is posted with the permission of the Editor. Images will be added later. - Ed.) African Rail and Black Crake &n... Read more »

SOUTHERN PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK OUTSIDE PLETT

Posted on the 29th June 2015
(This report first appeared in the May 2015 club newsletter on BidLife Plett and is posted with the permission of the Editor. Images will be added later. - Ed.) Pale Chanting Goshawk – M... Read more »

AFRICAN FINFOOT AT KEURBOOMS & NATURES VALLEY

Posted on the 29th June 2015
(This report first appeared in the May 2015 club newsletter on BidLife Plett and is posted with the permission of the Editor. Images will be added later. - Ed.) African Finfoot – Mike Br... Read more »

VICTORINS WARBLER AT PLETT

Posted on the 29th June 2015
(This report first appeared in the May 2015 club newsletter on BidLife Plett and is posted with the permission of the Editor. Images will be added later. - Ed.) Victorin’s Warbler – M... Read more »

EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR AT RONDEVLEI

Posted on the 23rd February 2015
On our recent outing to Rondevlei and surrounding areas a dead but very fresh Nightjar was found on the dirt road close to the link channel. After deliberation it was decided that the bird was a Eu... Read more »

ON RED-FOOTED FALCONS ALONG THE UPLANDS ROAD, PLETT

Posted on the 5th February 2015
I went through to Plett on Sunday to try and relocate the RF Falcon. After finding the Amur Falcon roost (50+ birds) I knew that the RFF was lurking within the roost. Careful scanning of each bird ... Read more »

CAR COUNT IN THE KLEIN KAROO

Posted on the 1st February 2015
Dear all, We certainly live in an area of greatly contrasting temperatures. On Friday I spent the day atlassing around the Uniondale area with the maximum hitting 41C in the afternoon. Inspite... Read more »

COMMENTS ON BIRDING IN THE RUITERBOS AREA - DECEMBER 2014

Posted on the 28th December 2014
COMMENTS ON BIRDING IN THE RUITERBOS AREA Although there are always Victorin's Warblers around the farm, they are always invisible. How birds can move so quickly and unobtrusively through the... Read more »

AT A HALF-COLLARED KINGFISHER NEST IN NATURES VALLEY

Posted on the 12th December 2014
(This article originally appeared in the BirdLife Plettenberg Bay newsletter in December 2014 and is posted with the permission of the Editor. -Ed.) Half-Collared Kingfishers – Bruce Ward-S... Read more »