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REPORT ON RECENT AND FUTURE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG ACTIVITIES

Posted on the 22nd September 2016

HIGHLIGHTS SINCE THE LAST FORUM MEETING
MONTHLY TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND OUTINGS
Our annual talk on a topic not related to birds as such highlighted the work of the Cape Leopard Trust. BLO members sponsored a camera trap and this was now placed in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

Peter Ryan's talk on plastic in our oceans was very well received and attracted a record attendance for our club. Highly recommended.

Our annual fun quiz evening remains popular.

Jessie Walton and Rob Martin spoke on the Brown-backed Honeybird and Karoo Prinia brood parasite interplay: Fascinating research findings from the Overberg region. Highly recommended.

The birding delights of the Tankwa Karoo by Anton Odendal. This talk was initially developed for the Flight for Birders course and is now being used to attract birders to the Witzenberg region.

Andre Botha, the Manager of the Birds of Prey Programme at the EWT presented a two day workshop on the identification of raptors. Certainly a must do as he focuses strongly on the identification of juvenile, immature and sub-adult raptors.

Four Flight for Birders courses done in the period under review. 90+ individual have been signed up to bird clubs and/ or BirdLife South Africa so far this year.

Several members participated in pelagic cruises with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust from Kleinbaai. This is a grand new addition to the promotion of birding tourism in our region.

FUTURE EVENTS:
The upgraded edition of the birdfinder web page for the Cape Whale Coast region (Overstrand municipality) will be launched before the December holiday period. This is being developed through a grant from the Table Mountain Fund.

We will in future do monthly bird counts at the Arabella Country Estate.

Midweek outing to the new chalets in the Algeria section of the Cederberg Wilderness between Sunday 16 to Friday 21 October.

Flight for Birders courses scheduled for Intaka Island, Century City on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October and Sedgefield on Friday 27 January and Saturday 28 January.

BLO's Cape Rock-jumper team will attempt to crack 200+ species in the Overstrand during Birding Big Day on 26 November.
Annual Nature's Valley midweek outing between 29 January and 3 February.

To find out more about BirdLife Overberg activities contact Helé Oosthuizen at birding@southernartceramics.com or 073 456 0393

Find the contact details of the bird club closest to you visit this link:
http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/news/2241/joining_a_bird_club_in_your_area_-_contact_directory_for_the_western_cape

Camera trap for Cape Leopard Trust
Raptor course by Andre Botha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pintado Petrel on pelagic cruise from Kleinbaai with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Buzzards seen at Witfontein near George during a Flight for Birders course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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