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 coffee table book with over 150 outstanding photographs, please e-mail  Price R275 including postage (Discount price for Bird Club members is R250).

The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa – Two magnificent coffee table books with over 1400 photographs of birds copvering all 960 species.  Pre-order offer only R1248.30 (save R550) includes free digital e-book of both volumes (offer ends 28 February 2014).  Purchase online at  


Barry Porter Memorial Hide now open

 Hi all,
Our Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide is now fully operational. Details as follows.

Advance booking is ESSENTIAL. This site is not open to the general public.

Close to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve on the KZN South Coast, the Barry Porter Memorial Hide overlooks a vulture restaurant on the site of a breeding colony of 120 Cape Vultures. The hide offers visitors exclusive opportunities to observe and photograph these threatened birds up close in their natural habitat.
Two hour site visits (which do not include use of the hide) are also available.
Visitors will be taken to the cliff edge, where they can see the breeding sites and observe vultures soaring along the ridge at eye level.
This is a conservation project managed by Birdlife Trogons Bird Club in association with the landowner and UGU South Coast Tourism.

Specials to look out for:

Cape Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Yellow-billed Kite, Jackal Buzzard, Rock Kestrel, Lanner Falcon, Rock Martin, Alpine Swift, African Marsh-Harrier, Croaking Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Common Quail, Red-capped Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, African Pipit, Plain-backed Pipit. Ruppell’s Vulture has been recorded at the site. Oribi Buck, Black-backed Jackal and African Rock Python may also be encountered.

Booking Info:

Advance booking is ESSENTIAL.
For current rates please visit the website.

Booking enquiries email:
or telephone: 072 893 3794
or visit the website.

Andy Ruffle
Birdlife Trogons Bird Club
Tel: 039 695 0829
Cell: 072 893 3794
Birdlife Trogons website:
Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide:

Book now for Bushwillow Weekend Outing

Please send out a reminder for the Bushwillows weekend in April. There are only 2 cottages, one with 2 beds and the other with 2 bedrooms and 5 beds. We have booked the former for ourselves but the other will have to be on a first come first served basis. Camping, however, is no problem-it’s a very large campsite. I’ve advised Irvine (the owner) that he can expect bookings from BLPN members.

Best wishes for 2014.

Mike Roseblade

Fr 25th -Mon 28th April (long weekend).  Bushwillow Park. Karkloof.  An ideal camping and caravanning location right on the edge of the Karkloof. About 15km from Howick. Close to crane sanctuary and mistbelt forest. Two bungalows also available. Book direct: 0333302680/0722376247 For directions go to and click on Contacts.

Back copies of Africa Birds and Birding available.


Happy New Year – I hope 2014 brings only good things for you and yours.

In the course of a clear-out I have come across a batch of back copies of Africa Birds and Birding – 2009 and 2010. Do you know of anyone who would like to have them? They are lovely mags and I hate to throw away anything that might be of use or interest to anyone, or maybe a school? 

Many thanks.

Sally Stretch

Please contact Sally directly if you are interested. Her email is: Sally Stretch []