BirdLife Port Natal

Why is this not a Common Whitethroat?

Hi Help required to identify the bird in the following picture taken in Cumberland Private Nature Reserve (near Pietermaritzburg) this past weekend. We thought it was a flycatcher but the rufous wings puzzle us. Very like a Common… Read More

A Springfield Thank You.

Dear Elena, I`m writing on behalf of the Hillcrest Conservancy to thank you and your members for the very generous donation of R300 given to the Conservancy following the birding morning you held in January in Springside Nature… Read More

Some Positive News

Constructed Wetlands Save Frogs, Birds Threatened With Extinction Science Daily Jan. 21, 2014 — Over the last few decades, several thousands of wetlands have been constructed in Sweden in agricultural landscapes. The primary reason is that the wetlands… Read More

Mount Edgecombe Birding

Hi Everyone, Compliments of the Season to you all. I know it has been a while since I last sent out photos but this past week has been very good on the estate for Birding. The 2nd Dam… Read More

Wakkerstroom Bird Club Newsletter

Hi We now present the first newsletter of the year! We trust that you enjoy it. Click here to download and read it. Best Regards John Barrow Secretary/Treasurer, Wakkerstroom Bird Club 0822556778

Yellow Wagtails at SAPPI.

We saw a Yellow Wagtail on Saturday @ SAPPI in Stanger. If anyone is interested ask them to phone me on 0826570444. Mike White

White Storks in Ashley, Pinetown

Hi, I have just come from Pinetown (Tuesday 22nd Jan) and there is a flock of 99 White Stork and 1 Woolley-necked Stork on the lower sports field of Edgewood College. They have been in the area for… Read More

Help with ID Urgently Required

Good day A friend from work found a little bird that had fallen out of its nest. She has been hand rearing it, but does not know what kind of bird it is and I thought that you… Read More

Sightings at Albert Falls

Observations 15th Jan on R33 by Albert Falls dam approx 18 white storks and a single European Roller. Bob McCosh

Courses offered by Roy Cowgill & Steve Davis

Courses offered by Roy Cowgill & Steve Davis Dear all, Your committee has been discussing proposed courses that can be offered by the club in 2014. We are busy processing one for Dave Bishop for April but want to finalise… Read More

Krantzkloof Talk Feb 11th – Change of Speaker

Tristan Dickerson with be talking on the capture of Snow Leopards in China.

Crowned Eagles at San Lameer

Click here to receive an extract from a San Lameer News Flash of 15 January 2014 relating to their Crowned Eagles. An excellent pictorial narrative. The document will be downloaded to your computer which you can then open to… Read More

CWAC summer count

Dear all, The CWAC summer count will take place on Sunday 19 January 2014, starting at the Umgeni Bird Park at 10.00. Meet there and we will walk down to the estuary for low tide at 11.00. On… Read More

Northern Zululand Photo ID Corrections

Please note that the following  photos stand corrected with respect to their ID. Thanks to those readers pointing out the errors. Also to those who helped with some of the IDs of the UI (unidentified) bird photos. One… Read More

Northern Zululand – A Summer Odyssey.

Northern Zululand – A Summer Odyssey. Trip Report by Paul & Sally Bartho 29 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014 Sally and I decided to spend the New Year camping away from home. Northern Zululand was our destination…. Read More


FIELDGUIDE TO SHOREBIRDS OF SOUTH AFRICA Written by two of BirdLife Port Natal’s well-known members, Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis, this unique new guide will help identify the more common waders (shorebirds) in South Africa and will appeal… Read More


Hi KZN Birders! DBN/PMB 150km BIRDING CHALLENGE Dave Rimmer and I would like to start a group for BIRDERS interested in listing as many bird species as possible per annum within the 150km listing region from the Cato Ridge… Read More

Cumberland Weekend & Sunday Outing

There are still 2 guest rooms available at Cumberland for the birding weekend below if there are any takers. Very reasonably priced – see contact details below. Weekend Outing. Fri 24th to Sun 26th January.  Cumberland Private Nature… Read More

New Books available through our Shop

The Verreaux’s Eagles of Roodekrans – a photographic tribute by Garth Heydenrych to the eagles that have over the years fought for survival in the Walter Sisulu Nationsal Botanical Garden.  To order this fabulous hard cover A4 landscape… Read More

Barry Porter Memorial Hide now open

 Hi all, Our Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide is now fully operational. Details as follows. Description: Advance booking is ESSENTIAL. This site is not open to the general public. Located: Close to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve on the KZN… Read More