Trip Reports

Trip Reports

GREAT TRAIL IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 29th April 2012
Afternoon All, I do not normally promote specific birding or raptorphile activities, but down here in the Western Cape, an ex-KZN raptor/bird fan has to get a regular fix of decent raptor and bird ... Read more »

GREAT WEST COAST BIRDING

Posted on the 20th March 2012
Hi All, As there was a road marathon happening in the WCNP on Sat 17th March, 13 TBC members met at the Engen 1 Stop on the R27 at Langebaan at 7.30 am. We doubled up in cars and made our way toward... Read more »

TANQUA TRIP REPORT - FEBRUARY 2012

Posted on the 14th March 2012
Hi All, Took a UK client on an overnight trip to Tanqua. On our way we passed big groups of Sacred Ibis, White Pelicans and White Storks at the slaughterhouse near Voëlvlei Dam (Gouda). Of cou... Read more »

CWAC COUNT ON THE BOTRIVER ESTUARY

Posted on the 15th February 2012
Despite a brief little drizzle the Botriviervlei & Kleinmond Estuary CWAC went very well. We had the best count in years! Bird numbers had picked up well since the artificial breaching on 29 Septe... Read more »

MORE GOOD BIRDING AT LITTLE STONE COTTAGE

Posted on the 28th January 2012
Louise and I recently returned from a blissful 5 days at Little Stone Cottage at Laaiplaats near Mossel Bay. Our purpose was that we just needed to be away from people for a while after a very busy &a... Read more »

MORE ON VOELVLEI AT GOURITZMOND

Posted on the 13th September 2011
Further to Pieter La grange’s posting on the status of Voelvlei on 6th September 2011. We visited yesterday, and can add that in addition to his list of migrant arrivals we saw little stints and... Read more »

BIRDING AT VOELVLEI NEAR GOURITZMOND

Posted on the 12th September 2011
Birding at the Voëlvlei Area near Gouritzmond The area around Albertinia received some very heavy rain during the heavy rains in August and September. In some areas as much as 400mm were recorde... Read more »

YOU SHOULD READ THIS PELAGIC TRIP REPORT

Posted on the 28th June 2011
A Zest for Birds pelagic trip departed from Simonstown early Saturday morning, guided by Barrie Rose, Alvin Cope, Trevor Hardaker and John Graham. Conditions had been pretty ropey during the latter... Read more »

MIKE BUCKHAM AT PLET AND THE WEST COAST NP

Posted on the 29th April 2011
Dear All I have been doing some nice birding over the last few days (Easter weekend and public holidays). Spent some time in Plett at the rather poorly known Plett Sewerage works which is well worth... Read more »

A DAY TRIP ALONG THE CAPE WEST COAST

Posted on the 3rd March 2011
Hi all, I took 3 Johannesburg clients to Langebaan and the West Coast on Saturday. One of the first birds we saw as we entered the Park was an Adult Black Harrier fairly close to the road. Was this a... Read more »

DECEMBER BIRDING TRIP TO THE TANQUA KAROO

Posted on the 2nd January 2011
I returned from a 2 day trip to the Tanqua with clients. We had a good spell of birds and luckily for my clients it was not as hot as normally this time of the year. That was probably the influence of... Read more »

THREE HOURS AT LITTLE STONE COTTAGE

Posted on the 26th November 2010
Elaine and myself are between two Flight for Birders courses at Oudtshoorn and George and have the wonderful opportunity to spend a few days at Little Stone Cottage. We arrived here at 16h00 in really... Read more »

OVERNIGHT TRIP IN THE TANKWA - 1 NOVEMBER 2010

Posted on the 4th November 2010
Hi All, Did another overnight Tankwa trip on Monday. (1 November 2011). Whilst waiting for my clients at 6am outside the Guest House, a dark brown long tailed raptor flew through the trees and caugh... Read more »

BIRDING NEAR AURORA

Posted on the 8th October 2010
I was fortunate once again to spend a spring long weekend at Mountain Mist Nature Reserve, high on a mountain top, above the West Coast town of Aurora, about 2 to 3 hours from Cape Town. Although the ... Read more »

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG AT DUINEPOS IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 14th September 2010
Twenty-eight members of BirdLife Overberg spent the weekend of 10 to 12 September 2010 in the West Coast National Park. The weather was close to perfect and the accommodation at the the Duinepos se... Read more »