Trip Reports

Trip Reports

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB AT STRANDFONTEIN - 19 MARCH 2016

Posted on the 4th May 2016
I met up with a group of 17 enthusiastic birders at the designated parking and we left sharp at 07h00 in 5 cars for Strandfontein, complete with the new walkie-talkies through which we we... Read more »

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB AT DUINEPOS, WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK - APRIL 2016

Posted on the 4th May 2016
Sixteen of us melted into the pristine Duinepos complex during the course of the warm Friday afternoon. We gathered that evening around the fires in the Boma which Sakkie and friends and family had... Read more »

A MORNING IN THE FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE, HERMANUS

Posted on the 27th April 2016
The BirdLife Overberg morning outing to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Freedom Day presented two exciting additions to our annual outings to this reserve. Aletta Robertson was the group leader and... Read more »

THE TBC OUTING TO STRANDFONTEIN - 19 March 2016

Posted on the 20th April 2016
(This report first appeared in KITE 111, Winter 2016, the official newsletter of the Tygerberg Bird Club. - Ed.) The 19 members were greeted by a windless autumn day with superb conditions for vi... Read more »

PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF KLEINBAAI, GANSBAAI WITH DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST

Posted on the 14th April 2016
Dawid and myself were privileged to be invited by Wilfred Chivell of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to join them to be part of a reconnaissance cruise to evaluate the viability of Pelagic Birdi... Read more »

NOW THAT THE MIGRANTS ARE GONE VERMONT, HARDERBAAI AND SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 10th April 2016
This morning Elaine and me decided to use the brilliant weather that we had been experiencing over the last few days to bird our usual summer circuit along parts of the Cape Whale Coast. We were in... Read more »

ILSE AND CARIN CELEBRATE THE BIRDING IN THE KGALAGADI

Posted on the 16th March 2016
(BirdLife Overberg members Ilse Bigalke and Carin Malan were part of a group of ladies that visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park recently. Ilse reports briefly and the article is illustrated wi... Read more »

OUTING TO UILENKRAALS VALLEY AND DANGER POINT

Posted on the 13th March 2016
Twenty BirdLife Overberg members spent a wonderful morning along the Uilenkraals Valley and the Danger Point peninsula on Saturday 12 March 2016. The day started out well – close to the CapeN... Read more »

CELEBRATING BIRDS IN A SWELLENDAM GARDEN

Posted on the 6th March 2016
We presented the Flight for Birders identification and conservation course at Swellendam on Thursday and Friday. Discussions during the course once again illustrated the vast birding potential of t... Read more »

SWBC AT VROLIJKHEID NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 4th February 2016
VROLIJKHEID – McGregor - November 2015 (This report first appeared in "BATIS", the official newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club, and is posted with the permission of its E... Read more »

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG OUTING TO HAROLD PORTER BOTANICAL GARDENS

Posted on the 16th January 2016
The first BirdLife Overberg morning outing of the year was scheduled for 16 January. One group was supposed to hike the magnificent Kogelberg and the other to visit Rooiels and Stony Point. A very ... Read more »

BIRDING BIG DAY 2015 WITH A DIFFERENCE: TEAM ROCK-JUMPER REPORTS

Posted on the 28th November 2015
HALF A BIRDING BIG DAY – TEAM ROCK-JUMPER IN THE OVERSTRAND Last year BirdLife Overberg's TEAM ROCK-JUMPER won the Birding Big Day competition for the Western Cape with 170 plus species... Read more »

BIRDING IN NATURE'S VALLEY

Posted on the 20th October 2015
In early October nineteen of us again spent five days at Kostaplenti, the fantasic Nature's Valley home of Buks and Annette de la Rey. The two buildings comfortably housed seventeen BirdLife Ov... Read more »

DAWN CHORUS HIKES AT NATURE'S VALLEY

Posted on the 8th October 2015
We are at Nature's Valley with 19 (mostly) BirdLife Overberg members. On two mornings at 05h00 I took out some participants on a dawn chorus patrol to the Grootrivier boardwalk and trail. One c... Read more »

BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK OUTING & BIRP COUNT

Posted on the 10th August 2015
Six BirdLife Overberg members visited the Bontebok National Park on 6th August. Birding was very difficult initially as thick mist was encountered from Akkedisberg Pass to Swellendam and lasted unt... Read more »