Posted on the 22nd November 2016

Team Rock-jumper consisting of Carin Malan, Ilse Bigalke, Chris Cheetham and Anton Odendal, with Charles Naude as back-up, will again participate in BirdLife South Africa's Birding Big Day on Saturday 26 November. Ilse has to leave at 11h30 as she has an engagement at Langebaan in the evening. This year we will attempt to get to our nearly impossible dream of locating 200 species on the day within the Cape Whale Coast region. We will also participate in the BirdLasser initiative where the progress of more than a hundred teams throughout the country can be followed. We will attempt to keep club members updated with our progress during the day through the BLOBirdNet.

Herewith our provisional schedule for the day:
04h45: Meet at Eastcliff
04h45 to 05h15: Drive to Witkrans
05h15 to 06h30: Witkrans & environs

06h30 to 07h00: Drive to Uilenkraals Bridge via the valley – target: we would like to be on 50 species at this stage

07h00 to 08h00: The bridge & surrounds

08h00 to 09h30: Franskraal & the Danger Point peninsula

09h30 to 10h00: Drive to Stanford

10h00 to 11h00: Willem Appel se dam, the Klein River & the Cape Siskin site – target: we would like to be on 100 species at this stage

11h00 to 11h30: Drive to Hermanus – drop Ilse and collect Charles

11h30 to 12h00: Drive to van der Stel Pass & meet up with Jessie & Rob

12h30 to 13h30: Drive to Dassiesfontein for the Barn Owls – target: we would like to be on 150 species at this stage

13h30 to 13h45: Drive back to Gabrielskloof where we consolidate our lists and decide what species we still need to get and which sites we need to visit to be in with a chance of getting to 200 species

Alternative sites to possibly visit during the afternoon are as follows:
Swartrivier road/ Rooiels/ Stony Point/ Harold Porter/ Rooisand/ Arabella Estate/ Meer-en-See/ Hawston Sewage works/ Vermont Salt Pan/ Harderbaai/ Fernkloof

We will make decisions about where to go during the day depending on our progress.

Our logo bird. Image by Carin Malan







The Uilenkraal River estuary - 2014












Chris, Ilse & Carin at Platbos Forest, BBD 2014
Chris, Carin & Ilse at Botvlei, BBD 2015














Rooisand Nature Reserve, Botvlei
Willem Appel se dam, Stanford













ALETTA ROBERTSON (posted: 2016-11-25 15:03:01)
Good luck! Go for it Rock Jumpers!
GRANT (posted: 2016-11-22 17:39:18)
Go Team Rock Jumpers!!!