BirdLife Port Natal

SAPPI Stanger Birdhide: 30th March 2014

Report by Rex Aspeling. 21 Birders attended the SAPPI Hide outing so the group was split in two. One group staying at the hide and the other doing the walk through the picnic area for about a kilometre around the… Read More

BLPN sponsorship – CROW

Hi BirdLife Port Natal members, Please find a picture of your sign on Garden Aviary No. 1.   I will be doing a Facebook post tomorrow about our programme and will be adding this photo as a part… Read More

Search Functions on BLPN Website.

This is just a reminder that there are several ways to search for something on the BLPN website. 1. There is a Search box at the top right of each page. Enter a key word and all posts… Read More

8 Point Framework for Bird ID.

Consider: Habitat & Distribution Relative Size and Shape Family Habits & Behaviour including Call Bill – Size, Shape & Colour Legs & Feet – Size & Colour Eyes – Colour Plumage Also note the time of day and… Read More

Raptor for ID

Seen this morning in the Le Domaine complex in Hillcrest, Durban. Click on a photo and leave you comments in the box below it.

Bushwillow Park – weekend outing.

Book your place now and let Jane or Mike know that you are going. Fr 25th -Mon 28th April (long weekend).  Bushwillow Park. Karkloof with Mike Roseblade and Jane Morris. Please confirm all details with Mike or Jane. Mike… Read More

Challenge: Name these Sunbirds

Have your say. Identify each of the sunbirds in the following photos. All seen in Hillcrest, Durban. When you enlarge each photo there is a box below it where you should write that bird’s ID.

Subantarctic Skua on the beachfront.

At Sunday’s air show on Durban Beachfront we noticed this bird flying around the pier immediately in front of CircusCircus. I haven’t seen one quite so close inshore and several of the fishermen said, We’ve never seen a… Read More

Upcoming Activities

  Sunday 30 March. SAPPI Bird Hide with Rex Aspeling. Please contact Rex to confirm. Email: or call: 082 301 8177. We will spend time in the Hide and take a stroll around the dam as well. Afterwards… Read More

The visitors to our Tassel-berry tree (Antidesma venosum)

Sent in by Herman and Jackie Bos We have lived in Loerie Park close to the Palmiet nature reserve (in Durban) for 20 years. In the time we have lived here we have planted a number of fruit… Read More

SAPPI Hide Delight

A report by Rex Aspeling on his visit to the SAPPI Hide yesterday. I went to the Stanger SAPPI hide this morning in preparation for the Sunday Outing on the 30th March. I enclose a few Photographs taken… Read More

Setting Binoculars for your eyes.

I have just added the following to the “What to do if…..” page. Q8. What do I do if I want to set my binoculars for my eyes? This is done in two parts. First set the two… Read More

SAPPI Outing date has Changed.

In case you have forgotten the date for the SAPPI outing has changed. It will happen on Sunday 30th March. Otherwise all the details remain the same and you need to confirm with Rex. There is NO Sunday outing… Read More

Kruger National Park 2nd to 10th March 2014

Kruger National Park  2nd to 10th March 2014 Our original plan was to stay 3 nights camping at each camp – Crocodile Bridge, then Satara, Tsendze Bush Camp, Balule, Skukuza and Berg-en-dal. Unfortunately this was cut short due… Read More

Blogs to Follow

Please note that I have introduced a new set of Links – titled “Blogs to Follow”. This can be found on the right-hand side of each page. To start I have a link to Gustav’s Travels. I hope… Read More

Wakkerstroom Newsletter No. 20

Here is the Wakkerstroom Bird Club Newsletter No 20 for those interested. Newsletter No 20  

Unusual Bird for ID

Hi A friend of mine took this photo in Ballito Monday morning and asked me to ID it. Do you have any ideas? Regards, Calvin arris

Invitation to show off YOUR photographs

Questionnaire on the Magazine

KZN Birds on paper or screen?  We want to know how you would like to continue to receive this newsletter.  Would you prefer to:  1. Receive a printed copy as before OR 2. Receive an electronic version by e-mail?… Read More

Outing to Bayhead : Saturday 1 March 2014

17 members attended and the total bird count was plus 45. Maybe not the best day we have had at Bayhead but we had some really great sightings.  The Osprey was hunting over the bay and flew up… Read More