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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 »

BIRDING AROUND CERES

Posted on the 23rd January 2016
BIRDING AT CERES On Sunday 17 January at 05h45 I counted 370 Lesser Kestrels at Bella Vista outside Ceres. A little later at 06h30 I observed how Whiskered Terns fed their chicks of less than a w... 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 »

MORE EXCELLENT SIGHTINGS FROM THE WESTERN CAPE

Posted on the 11th August 2015
Trevor's SA RareBirdNews on 10 August again reported some excellent sightings in the Western Cape: Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Simon’s Town on Thursday produced ... 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 »

EUROPEAN HONEY-BUZZARD AT KAROO NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 3rd November 2013
Yesterday during the Sanparks Honorary Rangers Karoo Birding Weekend an European Honey-Buzzard was spotted flying from north to south along the Gamka River in the Karoo National Park. Not a bird th... Read more »

GREAT SIGHTINGS IN THE KANNALAND REGION

Posted on the 1st August 2013
(We have been going on about the birding potential of the Kannaland region (Calitzdorp & Ladismith) for many a year.  Trevor's first report in the sixth year of SARBN just prooves the ... Read more »

BROWN-SNAKE-EAGLE IN KAROO NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 31st December 2012
With the end of the year coming closer, we had another new bird in Karoo Nat Park. Yesterday while out with people we found a sub-adult Brown Snake-Eagle in the Sand River section of the park. It is o... Read more »

EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS IN THE KAROO

Posted on the 26th September 2011
Well, summer arrived in the Karoo as the European Bee-eaters have arrived today. They are 2 days later than last year. In the mean time good numbers of Black-eared Sparrowlarks are around, especial... Read more »

INTERESTING BIRDS AT BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 26th February 2011
Felicity Grundlingh who is on her way to Wilderness, phoned me today to ask I post these sightings she had in and just at the entrance to Bontebok Park: A European Roller, Lesser Kestrels plus one fe... Read more »

THE GREATEST SA RARE BIRDS REPORT EVER

Posted on the 14th December 2010
(We often load reports on birds seen in the Western Cape, but this report is simply so astounding that I could not resist loading it in it's entirety.  This just illustrates why we believe... Read more »

BIRDING BIG DAY 2010 IN THE KAROO

Posted on the 1st December 2010
BBD is gone, but we had a good day in the Karoo despite the severe drought. The Karoo Korhaans managed to pick up 154 species, the same as last year. The day started off well and with the local sewage... Read more »