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BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG ON A DAY IN WINTER

Posted on the 27th June 2022
Our initial planning for the BirdLife Overberg morning outing on 25 June was to bird along a circle route and taking in the Karwyderskraal-, Swartrivier- and Hawston View roads and then return via ... Read more »

IMPRESSIONS OF THE AGULHAS REST CAMP

Posted on the 21st May 2022
Elaine and I spent a few days at the Agulhas rest camp in the Agulhas National Park and were very impressed with the facilities. The chalets are very comfortable and well equipped, even offering mo... Read more »

A SELECTION OF IMAGES OF AFRICAN BIRDS BY ILLZA PEROLD

Posted on the 24th April 2022
Illza Perold spent some time on tour in Botswana and Kenya and forwarded this lovely selection of images: Young Lanner Falcon     ... Read more »

OCEAN PELAGIC BIRDING FROM PRINGLE BAY - 30 MARCH 2022

Posted on the 4th April 2022
With the news of big waves and wind from the west, we didn't need any more prompting! Off we went to Pringle Bay for some shorebird viewing. We had visited there a few days earlier but besides ... Read more »

Trip around the Koppies Road North of Villiersdorp on 16 February 2022

Posted on the 22nd February 2022
The day started off with a light drizzle on the way to Villiersdorp which cleared up before we reached Brandvlei. This time we decided to do the loop in a clockwise direction entering in at Modderg... Read more »

REPORT ON MORNING OUTING TO THE ROOISAND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 15th February 2022
The first official BirdLife Overberg of the year was to the Rooisand Nature Reserve along the western shores of the Botvlei on Saturday (12 February 2022). Thirty-seven members and friends particip... Read more »

DE MOND NATURE RESERVE TRIP REPORT – 27 JANUARY 2022

Posted on the 31st January 2022
At 7.30am on 27 January, I met up with some clients in Bredasdorp for a morning of birding at De Mond Nature Reserve. We set off along the R316 and very soon picked up both Common Buzzard and Yello... Read more »

VERMONT SALT PAN AND THE ONRUS-VERMONT COASTAL PATH

Posted on the 4th December 2021
One might imagine a dry dusty bowl with the wind blowing across it to be the natural vista across a salt pan. The Vermont salt pan in Rockhopper Street, is bordered by reed covered wetlands and dep... Read more »

REPORT ON BIRDING BIG DAY IN THE OVERBERG

Posted on the 30th November 2021
This year’s Birdlife South Africa Birding Big Day was held on Saturday 27 November and several teams participated throughout the Overberg region. Some teams took part in the 5km radius compet... Read more »

AGULHAS PLAINS: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!

Posted on the 8th November 2021
Recently, 25 – 28 October I spent 4 days birding the Agulhas Plains with some birding mates. It was several years since I was last there and generally quite dry back then, Soetendalsvlei w... Read more »

RAND BARBETS BIRD NAPIER AND DE MOND

Posted on the 2nd October 2021
Taking out the Rand Barbets I had the pleasure of meeting ten birders from the Rand Barbets Bird Club in Gauteng for two days recently. They had asked me to guide them around the wheatbelt region... Read more »

THE PECKS VISIT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 24th September 2021
De Mond Nature Reserve – Trip Report On Wednesday 22rd September Lee and I decided to take a quick impromptu trip to De Mond Nature Reserve just outside Bredarsdorp, to check out the condi... Read more »

REPORT ON A MORNING OUTING TO GREYTON

Posted on the 12th September 2021
On Saturday BirdLife Overberg’s first official morning outing for a while took us along the ‘Helderstroom prison road’ along the Sonderend River to Greyton. Unfortunately only fou... Read more »

Trip report: Marloth Nature Reserve and Bontebok National Park

Posted on the 29th August 2021
Last week, Lee and I took our first break away since the start of the pandemic and headed out to the Swellendam area, staying at Marloth Nature Reserve. This was our first visit to the reserve ... Read more »

Report on our visit to the southern sections of the Kruger National Park

Posted on the 9th June 2021
Report on our visit to the southern sections of the Kruger National Park – 14 to 28 May 2021 (Report and images by Theanette Staal) A visit to the Kruger National Park is always a tre... Read more »