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THE BEST EVER SA RARE BIRD NEWS REPORT FOR THE WESTERN CAPE!

Posted on the 6th December 2016
(Trevor Hardaker's SA Rare Bird News of 5 December certainly illustrates why the Western Cape is tops when it comes to birding in general and producing huge twitches in particular. - Ed.) O... Read more »

TEMMINCK'S STINT AT STRANDFONTEIN SEWAGE WORKS!!!!!!

Posted on the 30th November 2016
This is the first bird of this species in South Africa for at least 25 years - get there now folks. Also note that there are other VERY SPECIAL BIRDS at Strandfontein at the moment such as PEC... Read more »

THE FIRST EVER RUFOUS-TAILED SCRUB-ROBIN IN SOUTH AFRICA!

Posted on the 18th July 2016
(With appreciation to Trevor Hardaker for posting this report. - Ed.) Peter Steyn and Andre Demblon made a rather astonishing find this morning near Strandfontein Sewage Works when they located... Read more »

ALPINE SWIFTS FLIGHT IMAGES - CARIN HITS THE JACKPOT

Posted on the 27th April 2016
Carin Malan, the Deputy Chair of BirdLife Overberg photographed some Alpine Swifts at their home at Arabella Estate today. Enjoy folks.           ... Read more »

EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD ON THE SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 9th January 2016
Great excitement as Carin and Dawid Malan photographed this European Honey Buzzard on the Swartrivier road this morning.  This is a female bird (yellow eye). The underparts of these birds can ... Read more »

RARE BIRDS SEEN IN THE WESTERN CAPE DURING DECEMBER

Posted on the 4th January 2016
(The Western Cape Province again produced some excellent rare birds over the December holiday season. Here is a summary of birds seen as reported by Trevor Hardaker in the SA Rare Bird News report ... Read more »

HOW FAR CAN A KAROO THRUSH TRAVEL?

Posted on the 10th November 2015
Ring recovery: Karoo Thrush. A bird ringed (4A58201) at Rocherpan on 15 November 2010 as recovered on 22 October 2015 just outside Kakamas (Northern Cape). We did not know that they moved around th... Read more »

GOLIATH HERON ALONG THE SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 28th April 2015
Thank you to Carin for posting this report on the BLOBirdNet. It is such a sensational sighting that it was decided to post it on the website and incorporate it into the birdfinder web pages: ... Read more »

MARABOU STORK AT FRANSKRAAL

Posted on the 26th January 2015
Hi Today we saw a single marabu stork near Franskraal, Gansbaai. Attached is a photo, not so good, but still visible when you enlarge it. Regards Mathilda and Lonnie Roos 0823019041 Groe... Read more »

JACOBIN CUCKOO AT HAROLD PORTER

Posted on the 23rd January 2015
JACOBIN CUCKOO – a single bird has just been located near the wetland at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay – reported by Seth Musker. Kind regards Trevor Harda... Read more »

AUSTRALIAN & CAPE GANNETS

Posted on the 16th November 2014
A few years ago BirdLife Overberg member MC Botha took a photograph of an Australian Gannet with a Cape Gannet on Malgas Island. It is the first image below with the Australian Gannet on the left. ... Read more »

HOTTENTOT BUTTONQUAIL AT AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

Posted on the 29th September 2014
I have yesterday sent out an e-mail to tell Kieran about the Hottentot Buttonquail in the Agulhas National Park and lo and behold, I just received a call from Louise Walsh in Suiderstrand to say th... Read more »

YOUNG AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWK COMING SECOND AT VERMONT SALTPAN

Posted on the 6th July 2014
(Charles Naude was fortunate enough to witness this wonderful interaction between a young African Harrier-Hawk and Hartlaub's Gulls and Blacksmith Lapwings. - Ed.) ... Read more »

RARITIES STILL AVAILABLE AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 1st March 2014
DE MOND RARITIES - all the recent goodies (BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN and PACIFIC GOLDEN and GREATER SAND PLOVERS) were present and showing well this morning all down towards the mouth of the... Read more »

SEDGE WARBLER & BAILLON'S CRAKE AT VERMONT SALT PAN

Posted on the 18th January 2014
I made the rather nervous decision to skip the pelagic trip today due to a bad cough and faltering voice, and decided to pop out to Vermont Pan to use up the apprehensive hours until the trip retur... Read more »