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General News

HOW TO PREPARE WHEN PLANNING TO BIRD ALONG PARTS OF THE CAPE WEST COAST

Posted on the 7th December 2013
(This illustrates how the BIRDFINDER WEBPAGES for the CAPE WEST COAST can be used when planning how to bird in the region. - Ed.) Dear Mike, I am uncertain on how you guys want to travel, eg se... Read more »

THIS ILLUSTRATES THE DEMAND FOR BIRDING IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Posted on the 19th November 2013
(It is that time of year when we have to advise many birders from overseas and up-country on where to find the best birds in the Western Cape Province. The letter below serves as a good example of ... Read more »

BAD-DAY BIRDING: HERE'S A GREAT STORY

Posted on the 1st September 2013
It certainly didn't seem like a good morning for it, being blustery and chilly and thoroughly unpleasant. But since I've been forced out of bed at daybreak to tend to the livestock and give... Read more »

A Guide to Building Universally Accessible Bird Hides

Posted on the 16th August 2013
Dear all In order to promote birdwatching, BirdLife South Africa realises that facilities such as hides and boardwalks are needed to allow people to get close to birds, thus allowing the viewing ... Read more »

HOW TO FIND INFORMATION ON PARTICULAR BIRDING HOTSPOTS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Posted on the 2nd August 2013
(We regularly have to answer requests like the one below from local and international birders.  I decided to post the request, together with my reaction and references/ links to illustrate how... Read more »

PETER CHADWICK'S BLOG ON STANFORD

Posted on the 30th May 2013
Dear All, As promised, I have posted a blog story with a numerous images that can assist in promoting the "De Hoop Strettons Bird Fair". I spent a couple of mornings driving through ... Read more »

REPORT ON TANKWA BIRDING BONANZA 2013

Posted on the 15th May 2013
TANKWA BIRDING BONANZA 2013 Perhaps it was because of the clear, clean air, or the crispness of the vistas. Perhaps it was because of the wide, flat plains framed by the distant blue and pink o... Read more »

MORE ON KLAAS'S CUCKOO BEHAVIOUR

Posted on the 4th May 2013
Linda Hibbin, Graham Searll and myself were at Kirstenbosch this morning (Friday 3 May) and at a tree we have named the cuckoo tree, as all the larva of the Garden Acrea Butterfly have attracted so ma... Read more »

THE WESTERN CAPE AS A TOP BIRDING DESTINATION

Posted on the 11th April 2013
(Trevor Hardaker again came out with some fascinating bits of information over the last few days. Firstly he put 'some useless stats' on his Facebook page and last night's SA Rare Bird ... Read more »

TBC OUTING TO KIRSTENBOSCH

Posted on the 1st April 2013
WEDNESDAY, 06 FEBRUARY 2013 KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS (Otto Schmidt) (This article originally appeared in 'The Kite' (No. 99 – Winter – May to July 2013), the e... Read more »

NATURE'S VALLEY REMAINS A TOP BIRDING DESTINATION

Posted on the 26th March 2013
Greta and I took last Friday off work and spent a very enjoyable long weekend doing some Western Cape periphery birding in the Nature’s Valley area. We broke Wednesday’s late afternoon ... Read more »

NEW HIKING TRAIL ALONG BOTRIVER ESTUARY

Posted on the 30th January 2013
(We recieved good news of new birding trail along the Fisherhaven section of the Botriver estuary.  Another feather in the Overberg birding cap. - Ed.) Dear Dr Odendal Your presentation at th... Read more »

RAPTORS AT KLEINMOND

Posted on the 9th January 2013
(This compelling article originally appeared in the December 2012 edition of 'Fynbos', the newsletter of the Kleinmond Nature Conservation Society and is used with the permission of the author. - Ed.)... Read more »

BRITISH BIRDER REPORTS ON BIRDING THE BETTY'S BAY AREA

Posted on the 7th January 2013
SITE LIST – BETTY’S BAY AND ROOI ELS Site description: Rooi Els; Stony Point, Betty’s Bay; Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty Bay’s, Western Cape, South Africa Dates an... Read more »

LIST OF PELAGIC SPECIES OFF CAPE TOWN

Posted on the 22nd December 2012
(I am currently working on a new PowerPoint presentation on birding in the Western Cape Province.  I drew up a list of pelagic species seen off Cape Town for one of the slides and thought that... Read more »