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THE SAGA OF THE LITTLE RINGED PLOVER BY BRYN DE KOCKS

Posted on the 3rd November 2017
The Saga of the Little Ringed Plover (This article first appeared in the latest edition of “Batis”, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club – Ed.) Most of us, if not ... Read more »

SOME NEW VAGRANT SPECIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA DURING 2017

Posted on the 3rd November 2017
(This overview first appeared in this week’s “Batis”, the newsletter of the Somerset West Bird Club. – Ed). 2017 – A Spectacular Year for Rarities 2017 has been a ... Read more »

Southern Fiscal subspecies subcoronatus along the Swartrivier road

Posted on the 1st March 2017
Lize van Dyk, who attended the Flight for Birders course at Somerset West last Thursday and Friday took these very interesting images along the Swartrivier road on Saturday. This Southern Fiscal su... Read more »

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 »

KELP GULLS AND AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWK AT KLEINMOND

Posted on the 7th March 2016
Dear All, Herewith some wonderful images from Carl Swart taken of a "crèche" of Kelp Gulls on Kleinmond beach and later in his garden a African Harrier-Hawk raiding the Red-wi... 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 »

BIRDING ALONG THE AGULHAS PLAINS - BRIEF REPORT

Posted on the 21st December 2015
(This brief report by Dr Wim de Klerk just once again illustrates the vast birding potential of the Agulhas Plains region. It's time that a birdfinder web page be developed for this region as w... Read more »

MOULTING AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER AT DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 13th November 2015
These images were take by Daryl Dell and kindly forwarded to me by Trevor Hardaker of SA Rare Bird News:                ... 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 »