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WEEKLY FEATURE NO 14: HARKERVILLE FOREST & KRANSHOEK VIEW POINT, PLETTENBERG BAY

Posted on the 4th April 2015
Harkerville Forest and the Kranshoek view point represent an ideal opportunity for birders to gain easy and comfortable access to both forest and fynbos species. The turnoff from the N2 is located ... Read more »

REPORT ON GARDEN BIRDS SEEN IN SOMERSET WEST DURING 2014

Posted on the 3rd April 2015
(This report first appeared in BATIS NO. 70, April 2015 tneSomerset West Bird Club's quarterly magazine) GARDEN BIRDS, SOMERSET WEST 2014 This year a total of 95 species was seen, compared ... Read more »

OVERBERG CRANE COUNT DURING JANUARY 2015

Posted on the 3rd April 2015
(This report first appeared in BATIS NO. 70, April 2015 tneSomerset West Bird Club's quarterly magazine) Overberg precinct crane count - 31st January 2015 The Overberg Precinct covers the a... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 13: CONSTANTIA GREEN BELTS

Posted on the 27th March 2015
CONSTANTIA GREEN BELTS The forest patches and thickets along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain south of Kirstenbosch extend down into the suburb of Constantia. A series of connected green belt... Read more »

WEEKLY FOCUS 12: THE BOULDERS BEACH PENGUIN COLONY

Posted on the 20th March 2015
Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and is world-renowned as one of only two mainland breeding colonies of the critically endangered AFRICAN PENGUIN. The area consi... Read more »

KIRSTENBOSCH GREAT FOR BIRDING WITH SOUTH-EASTER BLOWING

Posted on the 12th March 2015
Kirstenbosch is really the ideal place to go birding when the south easter is blowing, as it turns into a gentle breeze coming around the mountain and makes conditions better than anywhere else on ... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 11: HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET WEST

Posted on the 11th March 2015
The Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West has for many years been regarded as one of the most popular birding destinations in the Western Cape. The reserve features a diversity of habitats, do... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 10: INTAKA ISLAND, CENTURY CITY

Posted on the 4th March 2015
Intaka ('bird' in Xhosa), is a sprawling series of wetlands covering 16 ha in the heart of Century City and beside the Canal Walk shopping mall. It contains four permanent wetlands and one ... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 9: THE BITOU RIVER FLOODPLAIN OUTSIDE PLETTENBERG BAY

Posted on the 27th February 2015
The Bitou River floodplain lies along the R340 outside Plettenberg Bay towards Wittedrift and Uniondale. The floodplain offers limitless birding potential as vast numbers of waterbirds, waders and ... Read more »

GRAND OPENING OF THE AFRICAN PENGUIN & SEABIRD SANCTUARY (APSS)

Posted on the 26th February 2015
Ilse, Elaine and myself received an invitation to attend this major event on behalf of BirdLife Overberg. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust team put together a stunning and extremely well organise... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 7: THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 17th February 2015
THE CAPE POINT SECTION OF THE TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Cape Point, the westernmost tip of Africa, offers magnificent landscapes covered with endemic fynbos, and features beautiful bays, beach... Read more »

HUGE BIRD-WATCHING POTENTIAL AT THE AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 11th February 2015
(We have just received the latest edition of the Agulhas National Park e-bulletin. Earlier this month they celebrated World Wetlands Day and here they describe some of the wonderful water birds on ... Read more »

THE SEARCH FOR THE RAREST BIRD IN THE WORLD: A PERSONAL REVIEW

Posted on the 4th February 2015
It is not often that I start reading a book and then can not put it down. This happened to me recently when I received a complimentary copy of Vernon Head's first publication 'The SEARCH fo... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 5: KAROO NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 2nd February 2015
The KAROO NATIONAL PARK (S32º 36’34.4” E22º 54’10.7”) is without doubt the flagship birding destination of the Karoo and most birders travelling through the region... Read more »

WEEKLY FEATURE 4: WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 26th January 2015
The WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK is considered the flagship birding destination in the Eden District municipal region. The Wilderness-Sedgefield Lakes Complex is an Important Bird Area (IBA SA114) and ... Read more »