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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 »

SIX RED-NECKED PHALAROPES AT VELDDRIF

Posted on the 6th March 2016
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE – an updated report this afternoon from Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif (enter through Kuifkopvisvanger Farm www.kuifkop.co.za) is that there are now no less than 6 birds ... Read more »

BIRDING AROUND CERES

Posted on the 23rd January 2016
BIRDING AT CERES On Sunday 17 January at 05h45 I counted 370 Lesser Kestrels at Bella Vista outside Ceres. A little later at 06h30 I observed how Whiskered Terns fed their chicks of less than a w... 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 »

MORE EXCELLENT SIGHTINGS FROM THE WESTERN CAPE

Posted on the 11th August 2015
Trevor's SA RareBirdNews on 10 August again reported some excellent sightings in the Western Cape: Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Simon’s Town on Thursday produced ... Read more »

YELLOW-BILLED STORK AT RIETVLEI NATURE RESERVE, MILNERTON

Posted on the 26th February 2015
YELLOW-BILLED STORK - a single bird has just flown across Blaauwberg Road in Table View in the direction of Rietvlei (frustrating to be stuck in traffic!). Probably the same individual report from ... Read more »

BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE NEAR MALMESBURY

Posted on the 25th February 2015
BLACK-WINGED PRATINCOLE – the bird reported in last night’s report at Vyevlei Farm between Malmesbury and Hopefield was still present there earlier today. Thanks to additional photograp... Read more »

CWAC COUNT ALONG THE BERG RIVER

Posted on the 1st February 2015
After doing a section of the Berg River CWAC today I met up with Marius and Kerry Wheeler, who were giving me a lift back to my car. They asked if I wanted to see the Red-necked Phalarope as they h... Read more »

21 CASPIAN PLOVERS AT VELDDRIF

Posted on the 14th January 2015
CASPIAN PLOVER – an amazing 21 birds (!!!) have just been found and photographed this morning at the Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif on the Kuifkopvisvanger Farm apparently on the pan just to ... Read more »

RED-FOOTED BOOBY AT LAMBERT'S BAY

Posted on the 11th December 2014
RED-FOOTED BOOBY – a single individual was found and photographed this afternoon at 16h30 on Bird Island in Lambert’s Bay, probably only the 2nd ever record for the Western Cape –... 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 »