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BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG ON A DAY IN WINTER

Posted on the 27th June 2022
Our initial planning for the BirdLife Overberg morning outing on 25 June was to bird along a circle route and taking in the Karwyderskraal-, Swartrivier- and Hawston View roads and then return via ... Read more »

IMPRESSIONS OF THE AGULHAS REST CAMP

Posted on the 21st May 2022
Elaine and I spent a few days at the Agulhas rest camp in the Agulhas National Park and were very impressed with the facilities. The chalets are very comfortable and well equipped, even offering mo... Read more »

REPORT ON THE HIKE ON HOOGIES FARM

Posted on the 26th April 2022
We undertook yet another successful midweek hike on Thursday 21 April, this time at Anthony van Hoogstraten’ s farm in the upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Not much birding or photography was don... Read more »

VISIT TO KEURBOS ON SATURDAY 23 APRIL 2022

Posted on the 24th April 2022
(Johan van der Westhuizen forwarded this note and images on the BirdLife Overberg outing to Keurbos, Jessie Walton’s lovely farm in the Elgin Valley). Despite the chill in the air and th... Read more »

A SELECTION OF IMAGES OF AFRICAN BIRDS BY ILLZA PEROLD

Posted on the 24th April 2022
Illza Perold spent some time on tour in Botswana and Kenya and forwarded this lovely selection of images: Young Lanner Falcon     ... Read more »

OCEAN PELAGIC BIRDING FROM PRINGLE BAY - 30 MARCH 2022

Posted on the 4th April 2022
With the news of big waves and wind from the west, we didn't need any more prompting! Off we went to Pringle Bay for some shorebird viewing. We had visited there a few days earlier but besides ... Read more »

BIRDING ALONG BOTRIVER GRAVEL ROADS

Posted on the 25th March 2022
When Carin Malan offers to take you birding in a section of her local area, you say yes very quickly! My sister, Jan, and friend, Paul, joined her in Botrivier at 7.30am last Saturday. We started s... Read more »

REPORT ON MORNING OUTING TO ROOIELS AND HAROLD PORTER ON 26 FEBRUARY 2022

Posted on the 28th February 2022
This was the second BirdLife Overberg outing of the year and we went to Rooiels, which is well known for the famous endemic Cape Rockjumpers, Cape Siskin and a strong hold for the Orange-breasted S... Read more »

Trip around the Koppies Road North of Villiersdorp on 16 February 2022

Posted on the 22nd February 2022
The day started off with a light drizzle on the way to Villiersdorp which cleared up before we reached Brandvlei. This time we decided to do the loop in a clockwise direction entering in at Modderg... Read more »

REPORT ON MORNING OUTING TO THE ROOISAND NATURE RESERVE

Posted on the 15th February 2022
The first official BirdLife Overberg of the year was to the Rooisand Nature Reserve along the western shores of the Botvlei on Saturday (12 February 2022). Thirty-seven members and friends particip... Read more »

DE MOND NATURE RESERVE TRIP REPORT – 27 JANUARY 2022

Posted on the 31st January 2022
At 7.30am on 27 January, I met up with some clients in Bredasdorp for a morning of birding at De Mond Nature Reserve. We set off along the R316 and very soon picked up both Common Buzzard and Yello... Read more »

VERMONT SALT PAN AND THE ONRUS-VERMONT COASTAL PATH

Posted on the 4th December 2021
One might imagine a dry dusty bowl with the wind blowing across it to be the natural vista across a salt pan. The Vermont salt pan in Rockhopper Street, is bordered by reed covered wetlands and dep... Read more »

REPORT ON BIRDING BIG DAY IN THE OVERBERG

Posted on the 30th November 2021
This year’s Birdlife South Africa Birding Big Day was held on Saturday 27 November and several teams participated throughout the Overberg region. Some teams took part in the 5km radius compet... Read more »

AGULHAS PLAINS: WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!

Posted on the 8th November 2021
Recently, 25 – 28 October I spent 4 days birding the Agulhas Plains with some birding mates. It was several years since I was last there and generally quite dry back then, Soetendalsvlei w... Read more »

RAND BARBETS BIRD NAPIER AND DE MOND

Posted on the 2nd October 2021
Taking out the Rand Barbets I had the pleasure of meeting ten birders from the Rand Barbets Bird Club in Gauteng for two days recently. They had asked me to guide them around the wheatbelt region... Read more »