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A SOUTH AFRICAN FIRST: LITTLE CRAKE AT CLOVELLY

Posted on the 23rd March 2012
(Probably the biggest news to have hit South African birding this year - or decade for that matter - is the discovery of a LITTLE CRAKE at the Clovelly wetlands.  It is the first time that thi... Read more »

THANKS TO BIRDLIFE OVERBERG GOLF DAY SPONSORS

Posted on the 21st February 2012
BIRDLIFE OVERBERG GOLF DAY 2012: The members of BirdLife Overberg is presenting their third annual golf day at the Hermanus Golf Club on 23 February.  Funds are being raised... Read more »

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS AT FERNKLOOF - FEEDBACK

Posted on the 28th January 2012
Fourty-seven birders attended the 'Flight for Birders' bird identification and conservation course at Fernkloof on 26 and 27 January 2012. It is interesting to note that participants came from as far ... Read more »

APPRECIATION TO PELICAN WATCH VOLUNTEERS

Posted on the 11th January 2012
To all Pelican Watch Volunteers, On behalf of the cormorants and gannets and kelp gulls of Jutten and Malgas and of West Coast SANParks and their Honorary Ranger group, sincere thanks for your time a... Read more »

SIGHTINGS AT LANGVLEI & VLEESBAAI

Posted on the 9th January 2012
In the Western Cape, Langvlei near Sedgefield proved to be a hotspot when a single Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Baillon’s Crakes with chicks and 7 Pectoral Sandpipers were seen on the 8th January. Pie... Read more »

Who said LBJ's are boring?

Posted on the 29th December 2011
I was fortunate enough to find a Large-billed Lark nest along the Swartrivier road outside Botriver village early this morning.  I load a selection of my images herewith in view of trying to... Read more »

ANOTHER HAPPY OVERSEAS BIRDER

Posted on the 22nd December 2011
Hi everyone I've just returned to the UK from Cape Town after a brief visit and am pleased I finally found a Victorin's Warbler although I was looking for Ground Woodpeckers than never seem to want... Read more »

BIG NEWS: THE HYBRID GANNET

Posted on the 14th December 2011
(Trevor's RARE BIRD NEWS this evening has a very interesting sentence in it.  I will load the pic of this hybrid bird as soon as I receive it.  Note the pale eye (as in Cape Gannet) and the ... Read more »

'THE SUNDAY TIMES' REPORTS ON THE ALBATROSS TASK FORCE

Posted on the 11th December 2011
Dear colleagues The Albatross Task Force (ATF) received great publicity in a full-page article in the Lifestyle section of today’s Sunday Times (page 48). Congrats to Bronwyn Maree and Ross Wan... Read more »

GOOD CAPE WEST COAST BIRDING

Posted on the 28th November 2011
Hi All, Birding on the West Coast has been fairly good this week. Firstly Rietvlei had a large flock of Lesser Flamingos as well as about 40 Great White Pelicans. Haven’t seen Lesser Flamingos... Read more »

GREAT SIGHTING IN THE WITZENBERG VALLEY

Posted on the 27th November 2011
Sunday 27 November 2011:  Pietman Basson just called me and reported that a group of birders are on an outing in the Witzenberg valley.  They have just witnessed four Malachite Sunbirds and ... Read more »

SIXTEEN ENDEMICS SEEN IN ONE MORNING

Posted on the 13th November 2011
(This article by Per Holman clearly illustrates the vast birding potential within reach of Cape Town. - Ed.) Hi all, On Thursday I got a message from a fellow Norwegian, Tommy Pedersen, ... Read more »

ON HARTLAUB'S GULLS AND CASPIAN TERNS

Posted on the 9th November 2011
This last weekend I attended the Agulhas Honorary Rangers event, based out of Struisbaai and well orchestrated by Eddie Cassani, Angela Altendorfer and the honorary rangers. Two interesting observatio... Read more »

GROUNDSCRAPER THRUSH IN THE WESTERN CAPE!

Posted on the 9th November 2011
On Monday afternoon, 07 November 2011, at about 17h00, Wessel van Zyl astonishingly located a GROUNDSCRAPER THRUSH in an open field area adjacent to Recreation Street just to the south of the town of ... Read more »

A WEEK'S BIRDING AT PLET

Posted on the 17th September 2011
A week in Plettenberg Bay - article and images by Mike Graham Margaret and I spent a very nice week in Plettenberg Bay at the beginning of August, tied in with a Slide-show for BirdLife Plettenberg o... Read more »