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BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG ON NEW YEARS DAY 2017

Posted on the 2nd January 2017
Happy New Year to all. Elaine and myself have not done our New Year's day birding outing for a few years and we did not have guests overnight. This gave us the opportunity to bird on New Year... Read more »

THE WHALE COAST ROCK-JUMPERS REPORT ON BIRDING BIG DAY 2016

Posted on the 27th November 2016
Carin Malan, Ilse Bigalke, Chris Cheetham and myself, with Charles Naude as back-up participated in BirdLife South Africa's BIRDING BIG DAY by visiting some of the top birding destinations in t... Read more »

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG OUTING TO BERGSIG WINE ESTATE ALONG THE BREEDE RIVER

Posted on the 7th November 2016
Eighteen BirdLife Overberg members participated in a delightful outing to the Bergsig Wine Estate on Saturday. Bergsig is situated along the Breede River at the base of the Bainskloof Pass – ... Read more »

REPORT ON BIRDING AT ONRUS, VERMONT SALT PAN AND THE SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 16th October 2016
I took Wilana Smidt, a friend of ours from Pretoria out birding yesterday morning. The RED-CHESTED CUCKOOS and SOMBRE GREENBULS were very vocal throughout Onrus and Harderbaai produced species such... Read more »

CAPE ROCK-JUMPERS AND MORE AT ROOIELS

Posted on the 16th September 2016
The BirdLife Overberg wattsapp team did a full protocol atlassing of the Rooiels site ...in a howling wind on Thursday morning. They managed to get 18 species that included Verreaux;s Eagle, Cape... Read more »

A BIRDING HIKE AT MATROOSBERG (AFRIKAANS)

Posted on the 31st August 2016
(And most people believe that Matroosberg is all about snow in winter. Thanks to Wessel Uys for forwading this report. - Ed.) Matroosberg piek-stap Teen 9Hoo begin ons die voetslaanroete na M... Read more »

TYGERBERG BIRD CLUB AT RHODENE COTTAGES OUTSIDE CERES

Posted on the 17th August 2016
Hi All, Twenty two members attended a TBC camp to Tanqua Karoo area from 29th to 31st July 2016 . Our base was just outside Prince Alfred’s Hamlet (45k from Karoo Poort) and our ac... Read more »

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG MORNING OUTING ALONG THE SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 14th August 2016
Our morning outing on Saturday once again caused great excitement. We planned to do the Swartrivier road and the Caledon Wildflower Garden. We were joined by the LaBelle family from Vermont, USA th... Read more »

ANOTHER WONDERFUL PELAGIC BIRDING CRUISE WITH THE DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST

Posted on the 9th May 2016
Birding tourism in South Africa has increased exponentially over the past decades and constitutes a welcome financial injection for the local economy. Great news for local birders as well as int... Read more »

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB AT STRANDFONTEIN - 19 MARCH 2016

Posted on the 4th May 2016
I met up with a group of 17 enthusiastic birders at the designated parking and we left sharp at 07h00 in 5 cars for Strandfontein, complete with the new walkie-talkies through which we we... Read more »

SOMERSET WEST BIRD CLUB AT DUINEPOS, WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK - APRIL 2016

Posted on the 4th May 2016
Sixteen of us melted into the pristine Duinepos complex during the course of the warm Friday afternoon. We gathered that evening around the fires in the Boma which Sakkie and friends and family had... Read more »

A MORNING IN THE FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE, HERMANUS

Posted on the 27th April 2016
The BirdLife Overberg morning outing to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve on Freedom Day presented two exciting additions to our annual outings to this reserve. Aletta Robertson was the group leader and... Read more »

PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF KLEINBAAI, GANSBAAI WITH DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST

Posted on the 14th April 2016
Dawid and myself were privileged to be invited by Wilfred Chivell of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust to join them to be part of a reconnaissance cruise to evaluate the viability of Pelagic Birdi... Read more »

NOW THAT THE MIGRANTS ARE GONE VERMONT, HARDERBAAI AND SWARTRIVIER ROAD

Posted on the 10th April 2016
This morning Elaine and me decided to use the brilliant weather that we had been experiencing over the last few days to bird our usual summer circuit along parts of the Cape Whale Coast. We were in... Read more »

ILSE AND CARIN CELEBRATE THE BIRDING IN THE KGALAGADI

Posted on the 16th March 2016
(BirdLife Overberg members Ilse Bigalke and Carin Malan were part of a group of ladies that visited the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park recently. Ilse reports briefly and the article is illustrated wi... Read more »