Join us for a range of activities about everything birds!
2022 is going to be a great year to be birding…
Attendance at activities FREE for paid up club members.
Non-members R 30.00 p/p per outdoor activity and R 50.00 for Webinars.
ATTENTION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Walks are restricted to 15 participants per leader first come first served basis.
Note the following:
1. Booking to be done using our online forms – there is a link at the end of each activity description which you can just click on to link to the form – and each person attending must fill in a separate form to comply with COVID requirements.
2. The activity leader will contact you closer to the time to ensure you have details and directions for the activity.
3. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
4. No mask, no walk
5. Maintain social distancing at all times.
6. Socializing after the event only to be done with safe social distancing in place.
If you are not able to attend a walk for whatever reason once you have booked
email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible
so you can be removed from the list and give others a chance to take your place.
A reminder to use the link below each event to register before the talk to receive details – all events free if you are a member but visitors are welcome with a R50 donation to the club.
REMEMBER: All members attend everything FREE – all visitors welcome with a donation to the club. Its easier to join with an annual fee of only R180 (<60) or R150 (>60)
Saturday 2 April @ 06h00
BEKZN BIRD WALKS… BRIDGEVALE PARK with Mark Williams-Wynn
Bridgevale Park and Nature Reserve falls under the auspices of the Durban North Conservancy. It is maintained by the local community. Right in the heart of suburbia this wonderful little tranquil reserve offers a wide variety of birds.
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/Sgiv9937JTHkousw5
Wednesday 6 April @ 18h30
BEKZN BIRD LEARN ONLINE with Nicolette Forbes Birding with your Eyes Closed #1
Differences between calls and song. How do birds sing, why do they sing – is it learnt or instinct? How to set about learning calls. Join this discussion and learn about this essential birding tool – call recognition. We will pair this with a field Bird Learn where we practice what we have learned. As our understanding gets deeper the learning gets easier.
Register for this zoom session using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuf-6vrj0sGtJ32r8HRkCJFJbVhaCh1RVU
Sunday 10 April @ 06h00
BEKZN BIRD LEARN in FIELD in the HAWAAN FOREST with Nicolette Forbes
Birding with your Eyes Closed #2
Being in a forest during the early morning chorus can be a daunting experience for any birder. Thick foliage and invisible birds with a bewildering array of sounds. It can be difficult to pick out individual songs and calls, let alone to work out the species responsible. Come and enjoy the overall orchestra of sounds as well as learn to tune into the different calls of individual birds. Learn a few calls of some of our resident birds, whilst taking in parts of a nature reserve not open to the public.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/pTz46p5rXe5oX6Sj7
Sunday 17 April @ 06h30
BEKZN BIRD WALKS… JOHNNY’S FARM, Umhlali Hosted by Johnny de Beer & walk led by Ticky Forbes
Exploring Johnny’s Farm Johnny de Beer has offered to host us at his Umhlali farm which has been yielding a diversity of birds. Come and explore a new destination and see what is on offer. We will be birding by sight, ear and atlassing so come and join in with whichever aspect of birding excites you.
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/62mCg2c2TnbpzUwc9
Wednesday 20 April @ 18h30
BEKZN TALKS! IN THE WILDERNESS with special guest speaker James Hendry
IN THE WILDERNESS WITH JAMES HENDRY (OF WILD EARTH and OTHER FAME)
Author of the bestselling books ‘A Year in the Wild’ and ‘Back to the Bush’ James Hendry talks to us about what we all love ‘Touching the Wild’. James is currently a wildlife television presenter, who has hosted the prime-time TV series safariLIVE for Nat Geo Wild, the SABC and international internet audiences. He has worked as a guide, ranger, teacher, ecologist, lodge manager, researcher and entertainer. James has a Masters in Development Studies and speaks IsiZulu and XiTsonga conversationally.
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Friday 22 April @ 06h30
BEKZN WALKS…VUMBUKA AECI NATURE RESERVE with Adam Cruickshank
The Vumbuka Nature Reserve is an area that has been reclaimed by AECI, and birding here and next door at uMbogavango has recently produced some special species. On previous BEKZN visits birds seen include Southern Boubou, Terrestrial Brownbul, Sombre and Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Bar-throated Apalis, Chinspot and Cape Batis as well as a variety of flycatchers and sunbirds. We hope to possibly also see Rufous-naped Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Blue-Mantled Crested-flycatcher.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/kGfDGwguy7ghRvcVA
Sunday 24th April @ 06h30
BEKZN DAYTRIPPING -CUMBERLAND NATURE RESERVE with Garth Aiston
Cumberland Nature Reserve is a birder’s paradise. The habitat consists of beautiful bushveld and grassy plains and of course, the Umgeni River Gorge. The facilities are spotless. There is a large diversity of birds that you might expect to see there but it is home to specials such as Striped Pipit, Narina Trogon, African Finfoot, Southern White-faced Owl, African Wood-owl, and you can always be sure of seeing a number of different raptors. There is an entrance fee to be paid on entering.
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/Y1erdqFhwpeAS6q86
Thursday 28 April @ 07h30
BEKZN SIT IN at UMBILO PONDS with Jenny Norman
Umbilo Ponds, situated in Umbilo Park in Durban’s Southern Suburbs, offers an abundance of water birds. Sightings on previous visits have been Black- Crowned Night Herons, Sacred Ibis, Western Cattle Egrets, Little Egrets, Green-backed Heron, African Darters, Reed and White-breasted Cormorant, Pied Kingfishers, Yellow-Billed Ducks, Black Heron, and Malachite Kingfishers to mention a few.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/cNhXcyByChzp8zXf8
Saturday 5 March @07h00
BEKZN WALKS! PALMIET NATURE RESERVE with Terry Walls
A delightful reserve comprising coastal grassland, bush clumps mosaic, riparian forest and wetland. This diverse habitat has over the years has produced several special birds. Some of the species we hope to see are Rufous-naped Lark, Yellow-Throated Longclaw, Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatcher. A Spotted Eagle Owl has even been seen here in the past.
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/faWF3kGS39m5VLYy9
Saturday 12 March @08h30 BLSA KZN FORUM
KZN FORUM at the Amber Auditorium in Howick. All members, their friends and any visitors are encouraged to attend. The BirdLife KZN forum is our regional assembly where KZN bird clubs/NGOs get together to share information and keep the birders in the province connected. This is always a great day of talks about all things birding and conservation but also facilitates communication between clubs at a provincial level and feedback from our National body, BLSA as representatives are always in attendance. There are some great birding spots nearby and so it is a lovely area and opportunity to bird in the KZN midlands.
Sunday 13th March @06h30
BEKZN DAY TRIPPING! BLUFF NATURE RESERVE/ UMLAZI CANAL with Dave Rimmer
The Bluff Nature Reserve has a good range of vegetation and birdlife. Some of the birds on previous visits are Swamp Hen, African Jacana, Reed Cormorant, Spur-wing Geese, Malachite Kingfisher. The Umlazi Canal can be very rewarding. There is usually a large number and variety of waterbirds to be seen here. We would expect Black-winged Stilts, Blacksmith Lapwings and White-faced Ducks, Three Banded Plovers, and a real highlight would be a Greater Painted Snipe.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/aHU7V3iiZPw89kyF8
Thursday 17 March @07h00 BEKZN SIT IN
NEW GERMANY NATURE RESERVE with Jenny Norman
We will sit at one of picnic sites at the top of the reserve and observe calls and birds that show up. Some of the birds we might see are Tawny-flanked Prinia, Terrestrial Brownbul, Collared Sunbird, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Crested Barbet and Tambourine Dove.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/YyquFnnFszuCYdCf6
Saturday 19 March @10h30 for 11h00 BEKZN’s 73rd AGM
Venue : Breakers Hotel, Umhlanga BeKZN’s 73rd AGM 2022 The day will start with some bird walks in the local area between 6-9am. Be at the venue by 10h30 for 11h00. The usual AGM business as well as the wrap up of the BeKZN Photographic Competition and the draw for the Swarovski binoculars. Please can we request members support this event. Please watch for the Invitation notice with all the details. If there is not enough support this will be changed to an online event.
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Saturday 27 March @06h00 BEKZN WALKS!
uMBOGOVANGO NATURE RESERVE with Sithembiso Blessing Majoka
The uMbogovango Nature Reserve is a popular venue with good forest and water birds. The trails go around a couple of dams with a few hides to visit along the way. A recent sighting there has been an out of range Rufous-bellied Heron. Mountain Wagtails are often seen from the picnic area.
Register for this outing using the link: https://forms.gle/dU8qPnFnywPKmqMV7
Wednesday 30 March @18h00 BE KZN’s Let’s Chat–Birds and Birding online
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION #2 iSimangaliso World Heritage Site by Nicolette Forbes
iSimangaliso World Heritage Site – the Greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park This is the second session in a series that will profile great birding locations around KZN. We will have different people profile their favourite birding spots near and far – their location, how to get there, what they look like, facilities available, birds you can see there and specials.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscumhqT0iHNXOP0fIJIGr5uIx0k8KjRpb
Saturday 5 February @ 06h00
BEKZN BIRD WALK! PALMIET NATURE RESERVE with Terry Walls
Palmiet Nature Reserve a little gem located in Westville. The reserve is made up of a wide variety of natural habitats ranging from forests to grassland, riverine and rocky cliffs. Specials that we have seen on previous visits are Mountain Wagtails and Half-collared Kingfisher and Pygmy Kingfisher.
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/nAAzJsSiyD7Pyqyh8
Wednesday 9 February @ 18h30
OUR BIRDING BIG YEAR 2021
An online meeting and presentation with The Widdows Family, that spent 2021 travelling South Africa to find as many bird species as possible.
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Sunday 13 February @ 06h00
BEKZN BIRD WALK: TANGLEWOOD NATURE RESERVE with Angie Walker
Hidden below the cliffs alongside the Kloof Country Club area is a nature sanctuary called Tanglewood Farm. 160 acres of grassland and pristine forest between Kloof and the factories of Westmead. An impressive variety of birds can be found here, the specials will hopefully include, Narina Trogon, Crowned Eagle, Knysna Turaco, African Golden Weaver, Green Wood-hoopoe, Olive Woodpecker, Common Square Tailed Drongo, Lazy Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola.
Registe using this link: https://forms.gle/28wMTiACksycNnRD6
Thursday 17 February @ 07h00
BEKZN SIT IN: BLUFF NATURE RESERVE with Jenny Norman
We will sit in the hide and have a view of the wetland and patch of coastal lowland forest. The reserve has a good range of vegetation and birdlife. Some of the birds we have seen on previous visits are African Swamp Hen, African Jacana, Reed Cormorant, Spur-winged Geese, Malachite Kingfisher.
Register using this link: https://forms.gle/6QGHPXjy6yAxGrLt9
Saturday 26 February @ 06h00 BEKZN ATLAS 2022 with Nicolette and Ticky Forbes
We will be atlassing the Sappi Stanger wetlands and surrounds through to the Mount Moreland area on the backroads. This is a great opportunity to learn birds by repetition by sight and sound reinforced because it is done over an extended time (2-4 hours). Anyone wishing to join and learn about atlassing or joining to increase the atlassing effort please
Register using this link: https://forms.gle/UM6jTUzRCRVrjkHB7
Sunday 27 February @ 18h00 FLOCK to MARION 2022 with the Flockers
Meet the Flockers!
Come and listen to the group of members that attended the Flock To Marion 2022 expedition to hear them share their experiences, thoughts, highlights and favourite photographs in an online get together. Have a drink in hand and enjoy the spectacle and sensations of this once in a lifetime voyage
Register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMocu2qqDkrHtVBwfbb7__dH9CTFPl4zz1g
2022 is going to be a great year to be birding…