Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bushwillow Weekend Away 25 to 28 April 2014

Bushwillow Park campsite is spectacular. Grassy, large flat sites, good hot water with great views and surrounded by mistbelt forest. It is located just beyond the Karkloof Conservancy 20 kms from Howick. Eleven of us braved the conditions – cold but … Continue reading

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Wednesday 14 May – indoor meeting – Westville Methodist Church – 19.00.

We have had a last-minute cancellation of our Wednesday indoor speaker, due to exceptional circumstances.  However, great news!  Steve and Roy have agreed to do a quiz evening with a difference which they have successfully held for the Mt Edgecombe … Continue reading

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 PROJECT WITH A PURPOSE

The number of Southern Ground-Hornbills outside formally protected areas in South Africa is declining due to loss and transformation of habitat, poisoning, persecution and electrocution. The species is listed as globally Vulnerable and will be uplisted to Endangered in 2014 … Continue reading

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BIRD COURSE 17 MAY 2014

PARADISE VALLEY On Saturday 17 May 2014 Dave Bishop will be presenting a half-day course on “Woodland and Grassland Birds”. At the end of the morning, you will understand the differences between the two groups, be able to recognize and separate them, have … Continue reading

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Farewell Shorebirds – Australia

For those of you who have missed “Farewell Shorebirds” – a video production by BirdLife Australia (www.birdlife.org.au) here are the links to the first three episodes to bring you up to date. Three more to follow. Episode 1.   http://farewellshorebirds.org.au/web-cast-episode-1/Continue reading

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Sunbirds for ID

Please help with ID of these two sets of Sunbirds. Both sent to me by a resident of Le Domaine here in Hillcrest, Durban. Click on the picture and add your comments below the enlarged Photo. The First set: The … Continue reading

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April Birding in Durban

Weather in Durban in April is always beautiful and this Easter week-end didn’t disappoint. The birding at Umbogavango on Saturday was superb with 67 species recorded. All 3 species of Wagtail seen (Cape, Pied and Mountain) as well as abundant … Continue reading

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Outings in May.

May 2014 Bird Ringing with Garth Aiston: Usually held early on a Sunday each month. Please call Garth for details if no notification is put out nearer to the time on the BLPN website and KZN Birds@yahoo. Cell:084 5491752. Bird Ringing with Andrew … Continue reading

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Plea from Mark Anderson – BLSA Chief Executive Officer

Dear BirdLife South Africa members and supporters, With just over a month to go, BirdLife South Africa needs YOUR support to help us become South Africa’s Favourite Charity and win R50 000. You could win a R10 000 Woolworths gift … Continue reading

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A Summer Photographic Odyssey

Please note the changed date of this Indoor Meeting. Wednesday 9 July. Indoor Meeting. Crystelle Wilson “A Summer Photographic Odyssey”. Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. “Birders are increasingly using cameras as tools to enhance their birding skills and as an aid … Continue reading

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Pigeon Valley

Crispin Hemson leads a short morning walk on the 2nd Saturday every month at Pigeon Valley. He has a Friends of Pigeon Valley Facebook page and a mailing list. You can contact him by email to confirm his outing at email:  hemsonc@gmail.com. This … Continue reading

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Sunday Outing

Martin has asked that if you want to go on this outing then you must call him (not me) to confirm because it is Easter Sunday. See details:   Sunday 20 April at  06:30 – Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve with Martin Taylor. Please … Continue reading

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Mystery Birds for ID

Please enter your ID for each bird with reasoning by clicking on the image and writing your comments in the box below the enlarged image. The following 4 birds were seen in the Satara area in March. The birds below … Continue reading

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Bluff NR – Sat. 5th April

There were 18 of us and our bird count was 51 but after sitting at the picnic site having our coffee and a good chat (no pun intended) we managed to add olive sunbird and a yellow weaver which brought … Continue reading

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Windfarms in Lesotho and the possible impacts on our vultures.

Be sure to watch 50/50 on SABC tonight at 7:30, there will be an insert on wind farms in Lesotho and the possible impacts on our vultures. The following attachments show Bearded & Cape Vulture movements for 30th March to … Continue reading

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New Posting in the What to do if ….. Page on the website.

Q9. What do I do if I find a live bird that has been fish hooked? Follow the procedures set out in the following diagram..

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African Pygmy Kingfisher – Westville

Not sure if this is the right place to send this but this Juvenile African Pygmy Kingfisher flew into our lounge window in Central Westville this morning. Was stunned for about 15 minutes sitting on our patio before flying off. … Continue reading

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Mystery Bird for ID

Hi Paul – our members might like to have a go at ID-ing this, cheers – Dave Bishop

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Krantzkloof talk on 8th April. Luis Segura “Argentina 1000 Birds and More.”

Hello everyone, Our Krantzkloof talk this month, on 8th April, will be given by Luis Segura and will be entitled “Argentina 1000 Birds and More.” Luis is an Argentinian who has recently relocated to South Africa and is a full … Continue reading

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Ringing on Sunday with Andrew Pickles

Anybody in the area (Umzumbe) we will be ringing in the forest on Sunday. Hopefully we will get some of those special forest birds. All welcome to join us maybe we can get a Trogon again, haven’t had one for a while. … Continue reading

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