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CELEBRATING BIRDING AT ROOIELS AND HAROLD PORTER IN POOR WEATHER

Posted on the 23rd February 2020
BirdLife Overberg’s annual morning outing to Rooiels and the Harold Porter Botanical Garden was postponed in January due to gale force winds and yesterday was not much better. Twenty-four clu... Read more »

BIRDING DELIGHTS FROM THE BARRY HOUSE GARDEN ON RIVERTON STUD, ROBERTSON DISTRICT

Posted on the 12th February 2020
Duncan and Natasha Barry requested us to develop a bird checklist for Riverton Stud and three small groups of BirdLife Overberg members jumped at the opportunity to spend two nights each at the his... Read more »

BIRDING BLITZ AT RIVERTON STUD IN THE ROBERTSON DISTRICT

Posted on the 31st January 2020
(This report should be read against the background of the report on our previous visit and can be viewed below). The second group of BirdLife Overberg members participated in a birding blitz at R... Read more »

TRIP REPORT: OUTING ON THE LADY STANFORD, FRIDAY 3rd JANUARY 2020

Posted on the 7th January 2020
The Malans and Baughans took an 8 a.m. trip down the Klein River on the Lady Stanford with the skipper Peter Hochfelden, himself a birder and chair of the Stanford Bird Club. What an idyllic mornin... Read more »

BIRDING BIG DAY 2019 – SIX HOURS IN THE OVERSTRAND

Posted on the 2nd December 2019
We decided two years ago that participating in BirdLife South Africa’s birding big day for the full 24 hours is simply too tiresome and we have some questions about one’s carbon footpri... Read more »

MORNING OUTING TO KEURBOS IN THE ELGIN VALLEY

Posted on the 24th November 2019
BirdLife Overberg's morning outing on 23 November was to Ian and Jessie Walton's Keurbos farm along the Highlands road in the beautiful Elgin Valley. Several participants spent a lot of tim... Read more »

Natures Valley birding report

Posted on the 3rd November 2019
Natures Valley birding report The African Fish Eagles called soon after our arrival for Birdlife Overberg’s annual week of birding in Nature’s Valley. It was Sunday 20 November. ... Read more »

BIRDING AT NEW HOLME, NORTHERN CAPE

Posted on the 30th September 2019
Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, New Holme: Embrace the magic of the Karoo! Text and images by Carin Malan The Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve is situated just outside Hanover, Northern Cape Provin... Read more »

BIRDING IN THE BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 26th September 2019
One of the reasons I love birding and fellow birders is that they can’t resist an invitation! My car was due for a service in Hermanus which meant I had a day free to either trawl the mall or... Read more »

THE BLACK-WINGED KITES AT THEIR NEST CONTINUED

Posted on the 8th August 2019
(Steve Peck continues with his remarkable observations of the Black-winged Kites at their nest. Keep in mind that previous reports can be studied elsewhere on this website. – Ed) Black-w... Read more »

BLACK-WINGED KITES MATING AND BUILDING NEST

Posted on the 23rd June 2019
(Steve Peck continues with his fascinating observations of the Black-winged Kite pair building their nest. The full story should be read from bottom to top – Ed.)  On Wednesday 3 Jul... Read more »

GLOBAL BIG BIRD COUNT REPORT PART 2: FROM SANDBAAI T0 AGULHAS

Posted on the 9th May 2019
This is the second report on Saturday’s quarterly big bird count and covers the area between Sandbaai and Cape Agulhas. Members of BirdLife Overberg again participated in our quarterly Global... Read more »

GLOBAL BIG BIRD COUNT REPORT PART 1: FROM ONRUS TO ROOIELS

Posted on the 8th May 2019
(Report by Jenny Parsons, Aiden van Heerden and Anton Odendal). Members of BirdLife Overberg again participated in our quarterly Global Big Day count co-ordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithol... Read more »

Trip report from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - April 2019

Posted on the 23rd April 2019
Trip report from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - April 2019 by Steve & Lee Peck This April saw Lee and I visiting the Kgalagadi Park for the first time, and what a trip we had! 88 diffe... Read more »

BIRDING AT KOEDOESKLOOF IN THE KLEIN KAROO

Posted on the 11th April 2019
We spent a few days of casual birding at Koedoeskloof in the Ladismith district with Anita. It is extremely dry with some of the dams in the area not having water at all. Our water bird count did u... Read more »