Sightings

Sightings

THE SAGA OF THE LITTLE RINGED PLOVER BY BRYN DE KOCKS

Posted on the 3rd November 2017
The Saga of the Little Ringed Plover (This article first appeared in the latest edition of “Batis”, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club – Ed.) Most of us, if not ... Read more »

SOME NEW VAGRANT SPECIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA DURING 2017

Posted on the 3rd November 2017
(This overview first appeared in this week’s “Batis”, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club. – Ed). 2017 – A Spectacular Year for Rarities 2017 has been a ... Read more »

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 »

AUSTRALIAN & CAPE GANNETS

Posted on the 16th November 2014
A few years ago BirdLife Overberg member MC Botha took a photograph of an Australian Gannet with a Cape Gannet on Malgas Island. It is the first image below with the Australian Gannet on the left. ... Read more »

INTERESTING SIGHTINGS AT KIRSTENBOSCH

Posted on the 8th August 2014
Hi All After the wet and gloomy weather of the last few days, it was a pleasure to lead the monthly Kirstenbosch bird walk in glorious sunshine this morning. A couple of interesting sightings whi... Read more »

FRANKLIN'S GULLS AND GOLIATH HERONS

Posted on the 8th August 2014
(From SA Rare Bird News on 7 August 2014. - Ed.) Starting in the Western Cape, there was some surprise late yesterday afternoon at Pan P4 at Strandfontein Sewage Works when observers were enjoyin... Read more »

VERREAUX'S EAGLE & FAIRY FLYCATCHER IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 16th June 2014
Hi Cape birders, Just two sightings that may be of interest to others out there... Margaret and I visited the West Coast National Park this morning for a few hours and were quite excited to loc... Read more »

OLIVE WOODPECKERS IN THE PENINSULA

Posted on the 15th April 2014
Following on from Dave’s comment about Olive Woodpeckers in Kirstenbosch, I started my morning today with a stunning pair of Olive Woodpeckers tapping away in a plane tree in my garden in Cam... Read more »

RARITIES STILL AVAILABLE AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 1st March 2014
DE MOND RARITIES - all the recent goodies (BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN and GREATER SAND PLOVERS) were present and showing well this morning all down towards the mouth of the... Read more »