Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cape Vidal and St. Lucia. 25th to 30th August 2013.

Cape Vidal and St. Lucia. 25th to 30th August 2013. Sally and I went to Cape Vidal campsite for 2 nights followed by 3 at Sugarloaf campsite in St. Lucia. We endured strong wind for all 5 days. Our tent … Continue reading

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Crowned Eagle and Blue Duiker.

The following photos were taken at the bottom of Albizia Place in Westville, near the Palmiet River by Andre Malherbe. He managed one poor shot of the Eagle feeding after the Blue Duiker was moved to a less prominent position … Continue reading

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Tala Revisited

Five months later Jenny Norman and I were back at Tala – last Sunday of the month BLPN get a special discount, although it has increased over the past 5 months it is still not expensive.   We arrived around 06:45 … Continue reading

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The beleaguered water birds of Durban Bay

Hi All Please find an invitation below from the Natural Science Museum to the upcoming Seminar Series Talk, this one by David Allan.  BLPN has been involved in the Bay counts. Title: The beleaguered water birds of Durban Bay – … Continue reading

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Durban Pelagic In October

BirdLife’s Save our Seabird festival is held in October each year, this year it is the week of the 7th to 13th October. In support of SOS, we will be putting out an additional pelagic trip from Durban, on the … Continue reading

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Spotted Ground-Thrushes in Pigeon Valley

Spotted Ground-Thrushes in Pigeon Valley Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:46 am (PDT) . This year the first SGT was seen on  22nd March, very early.  This morning I saw two, one of which hopped enthusiastically towards me, at the top of the main … Continue reading

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BotSoc Annual Plant Fair : 7/8 September 2013

BotSoc Annual Plant Fair :  7/8 September 2013   Dear all, It’s that time of the year again! The fabulous annual Plant Fair is next month and once again BirdLife Port Natal is taking a stand! We need your help – … Continue reading

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Astronomy. Sky Talk Evenings.

UKZN Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit cordially invites you to a host of astronomy public talks and sky viewing evenings. Starting on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Go to the BLPN website and then click here for details. 

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2014 BLPN Calendars For Sale

2014 BLPN Calendars For Sale.  This years theme is The World of Architecture Support Our Birds. Proceeds for Bird Conservation. Perfect Christmas Gift. 13th Month & Year Planner included. Contact: Hillcrest: Paul on Tel: 031 716 8416 or email Paul Bartho  Durban: … Continue reading

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Kenneth Stainbank NR Report back.

Kenneth Stainbank Sunday 18 Aug  Report back. There was a small turn out, possibly because it was forecast for morning rains. However the weather was perfect until about 09h30 when it got windy. There were three adults and four children, … Continue reading

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CROW Charity Golf Day

CROW Charity Golf Day Please click CROW Charity Golf Day 2013 for details of this event. Very worthwhile and should be a fun-filled day.  

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New Pages added to Website

Please note that the following new pages have been added to our website: “How to make a Bird Hide” and “Lesson Plans for Teachers”. Click on their name to view the new page. Any comments, suggestions or other material related … Continue reading

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Report back:- Outing to Pigeon Valley on Wed. 7 Aug

Report back:-  Outing to Pigeon Valley on Wed. 7 Aug 3 ladies joined me for the outing. We had glorious, windless weather which was very conducive to good birding. Although we did not see the spotted ground thrush, we had some nice … Continue reading

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Blue or Chinese Painted Quail resolved.

Sally and I took Guy Gibbon with us today to check out the Quail. We went to see whether it has a blue belly and chestnut ‘shoulders’ and flanks (Blue Quail) or a chestnut belly, blue flanks and brown shoulders … Continue reading

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Escapee or the Real Thing?

Escapee or the Real Thing? Your Call? Seen in Westville today.

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Sunday Outings

Good Day to you all. I need 2 volunteers to take the Sunday Outings in January & April. (3rd or 4th Sundays in the month). In Feb Penny de Vries will be taking the Sunday outing to Cumberland. In April … Continue reading

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Indoor Meeting with Gary Jones.

Wednesday 14 August. Indoor Meeting with Gary Jones. Subject:  “Equipped for Bird Photography”. Venue: Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.

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Krantzkloof Talk, Tuesday 13th Aug.

Hello everyone, Time again for our next talk. (Tuesday 13th August.)  This time one of our committee members – Peter Spence –  is going to share his experiences of the trip he and Jenny had when they visited Mozambique last … Continue reading

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Larking About in Namibia. A Photo Gallery.

A Photo Gallery Larking Around Namibia. A gallery of  photographs from Larking Around Namibia can be seen on the BLPN website. Go to the Gallery page and watch the slide show. I hope you enjoy the pics. Paul & Sally … Continue reading

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Larking About in Namibia. UI Birds.

Birds and Beasts for you to ID. We failed to identify the following on our return from Namibia. Do you want to have a go? Add your comments at the end of this post. In some instances I have one … Continue reading

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