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MORNING OUTING TO PLATBOS FOREST NEAR GANSBAAI

Posted on the 1st October 2014
We had a wonderful morning outing to Platbos Forest close to Gansbaai. This is Africa's southernmost forest and a must do, particularly for those living in our area. Five of us, accompanied by ... Read more »

ANOTHER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK BIRDING REPORT

Posted on the 10th September 2014
ANOTHER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK BIRDING TRIP We have run ourselves into terrible conditions given heat, strong wind and horrific smoke from fires further south. This, together with us gearing up f... Read more »

MIKE AND MARGARET IN UGANDA

Posted on the 16th July 2014
Mike and Margaret visit Uganda 26th June – 7th July We broke with tradition having an overnight stop in Joburg and our journey from Cape Town to Entebbe was straight through with just a ... Read more »

MORE ON BIRDING AT PLETTENBERG BAY

Posted on the 30th June 2014
Elaine and myself are in beautiful Plettenberg Bay generating material for the development of a birdfinder webpage for the region. We are way too busy to draft a decent report (and there is soccer ... Read more »

CAPE TOWN PENINSULA BIRDING IN TRYING CONDITIONS

Posted on the 10th June 2014
7 TO 9 JUNE: HOUTKAPPERSPOORT MOUNTAIN RESORT Elaine and myself spent a few days with Charles and Colleen Naude at the Houtkapperspoort Mountain Resort in the Hout Bay valley. Our plan was to vis... Read more »

RICHARD MASSON REPORTS ON HIS FIRST PELAGIC BIRD OUTING

Posted on the 9th June 2014
MY FIRST PELAGIC BIRD OUTING On 7 June 2014 Birdlife Overberg, championed by Chris Cheetham, arranged a pelagic outing with Zest for Birds. A special mention and thanks to Chris for arranging the... Read more »

EASTER BIRDING IN THE CEDERBERG MOUNTAINS

Posted on the 19th May 2014
Easter in the Cederberg Mountains The invitation read: “Hoop julle goedjies is al amper reggepak vir die Sederberge, Driehoek Farm. Ons gaan lekker kamp, lekker eet en sommer net lekker rus... Read more »

MORE GREAT OVERBERG BIRDING MOSTLY ALONG THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD

Posted on the 2nd May 2014
Dr Schalk Burger, a Neurosurgeon from Johannesburg, called us earlier in the week and asked if we could take him around birding so that he could try to get some photographs of Cape endemics. Earlie... Read more »

BRILLIANT OVERBERG BIRDING!

Posted on the 28th April 2014
Yesterday Carin Malan spent just two hours birding along the SWARTRIVIER ROAD and came away with some photographs of great species: White Stork ... Read more »

CASUAL BIRDING STANFORD STYLE

Posted on the 12th April 2014
I had two opportunities to bird at Stanford over the last two weeks. We did the practical outing to Willem Appel se dam as part of the Flight for Birders course in the village and today Barry, Maur... Read more »

REPORT ON THE TANKWA KAROO BIRDING BONANZA WEEKEND

Posted on the 7th April 2014
Elaine and myself were invited to act as guides at the third annual SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza weekend. This event is organised by the Boland Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers at the Tankwa... Read more »

BRILLIANT BIRDING AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 24th February 2014
Dawid and Caren Malan visited the De Mond Nature Reserve outside Agulhas in December and came away with some amazing photographs of massed terns:       &nbs... Read more »

BIRDING IN A NATURES VALLEY GARDEN

Posted on the 2nd February 2014
We were very fortunate in deciding on spending five days at Kostaplenti, the fantasic Natures Valley home of Buks and Annette de la Rey. The two buildings comfortably housed twenty BirdLife Overber... Read more »

BIRDING IN THE FORESTS AT NATURE'S VALLEY

Posted on the 28th January 2014
This is an on-going report of the BirdLife Overberg trip to Nature's Valley. In this one we focus on our birding in the indigenous forests in the area. The following two links can be visited in... Read more »

RICHARD MASSON'S FEATURE ON BIRDS OF THE KALAHARI

Posted on the 2nd January 2014
KGALAGADI – SUMMER 2013 I had the privilege of 12 nights camping in the Kgalagadi in early December. On the way there and back I drove the Ceres-Calvinia road to include the Tankwa Karoo. I... Read more »