Trip Reports

Trip Reports

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 »

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG OUTING TO HAROLD PORTER BOTANICAL GARDENS

Posted on the 13th October 2019
We enjoyed a fairly successful outing to the Harold Porter gardens on Saturday 12 October. Misty clouds covered the skies initially and we were surprised to find a parking area filled with cars. Ke... Read more »

BIRDING IN THE KNYSNA FORESTS

Posted on the 30th September 2019
Trip report to Knysna Forest – September 2019 Last week we travelled down to Knysna so I could ride in the Karoo 2 Coast mountain bike challenge (what fun that was!). We decided to base ... 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 »

NOW THAT THE MIGRANTS ARE MOSTLY GONE – CASUAL BIRDING AT ONRUS

Posted on the 28th April 2019
Five of us spent just over two hours birding in the Onrus and Vermont area on Thursday morning. It was a beautiful crisp day and having coffee in the garden it became evident that the seasons have ... 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 »

MORNING OUTING TO KEURBOS IN THE ELGIN VALLEY

Posted on the 14th April 2019
MORNING OUTING TO KEURBOS IN THE ELGIN VALLEY BirdLife Overberg's morning outing on 13 April was to Ian and Jessie Walton's Keurbos farm along the Highlands road in the beautiful Elgin Va... 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 »

REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG BIG BIRD COUNT IN FEBRUARY 2019

Posted on the 7th March 2019
Members of BirdLife Overberg participated in the ninth quarterly Big Bird Count during February 2019. Teams of members birding in their “home patches” contributed from several areas of ... Read more »

QUARTERLY BIG BIRD COUNT AROUND PRINGLE BAY

Posted on the 6th March 2019
Jenny Parsons, Liesl and Aidan van Heerden Sunday, 25 February 2019 Liesl and Aidan joined me for an hour at Rooiels. We started at 8am, but the birds were quiet (it was Sunday morning and mayb... Read more »