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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 »

TWO GREAT SPECIES SEEN IN THE WITZENBERG REGION

Posted on the 14th April 2015
Hi, Returning home on Sunday afternoon via Skitterykloof after a fun week-end at the Honorary Rangers Tankwa Karoo Birding Bonanza, Vernon Head, Mel Tripp and I saw a Squacco Heron on a roadside ... 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 »

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 »

PROTEA SEED-EATERS AT KIRSTENBOSCH AND GYDO PASS

Posted on the 25th November 2014
I took 4 clients to Kirstenbosch yesterday morning. Shortly after we had entered the gardens at the gate next to the nursery two Protea Seed-eaters flew over and landed in a tree opposite the resta... Read more »

COMMON REDSHANK AT GEELBEK

Posted on the 3rd October 2014
COMMON REDSHANK – a single bird is still present this afternoon (14h45) at Geelbek in the West Coast National Park (for those of you looking for something to do on the weekend) – report... Read more »

OLIVE WOODPECKERS IN THE PENINSULA

Posted on the 15th April 2014
Following on from Dave’s comment about Olive Woodpeckers in Kirstenbosch, I started my morning today with a stunning pair of Olive Woodpeckers tapping away in a plane tree in my garden in Cam... Read more »

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER AT FISHERHAVEN OUTSIDE HERMANUS

Posted on the 29th December 2013
(The vagrants just keep on rolling in. Several birders found this bird between 06h00 and 09h00 this morning. - Ed.) On Christmas day we had a report of a Lilac-breasted Roller in Fisherhaven near... Read more »

WHISKERED TERNS BREEDING IN THE KOUE BOKKEVELD

Posted on the 24th December 2013
Wessel Uys of Ceres contacted me and said that the Whiskered Terns started breeding again on a farm dam in the Koue Bokkeveld. Anyone who is interested to ring the chicks can contact Wess... Read more »