BIRDING DIARY 2023

Join us for a range of activities about everything birds!

2023 is going to be a great year to be birding…

ATTENTION: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Walks are restricted to 15 participants per leader on a first come first served basis. If a second leader makes themselves available additional bookings will be accepted
Attendance at activities is FREE for paid up club members.
Non-members R 50.00 p/p per outdoor activity / webinars.

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 –
2. Each person attending must fill in a separate form to comply with indemnity requirements.
3. The activity leader will set up a TEMPORARY WhatsApp group for the outdoor activity to provide details and directions.
4. Some events allow us to picnic and socialise after the walk so please look out for details regarding this.

If you are not able to attend a walk for whatever reason once you have booked
PLEASE
email Jenny Norman activities@bekzn.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 walk/talk to receive details

REMEMBER: All members attend everything FREE – easy to join just go to our online application form which takes less than 5 mins to complete.

2023

JANUARY 2023

BEKZN WALKS…
Saturday 14 January @ time to be confirmed by Steve with walk participants
Bird Survey at Van Riebeek Wetland with Steve Davis

A relatively new wetland reserve on the Bluff which is being monitored by Steve. Join him to see the changes and improvements that come with time. This is an important conservation input that the club provides so please give it some support.

Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/VMoU2GjTEKcNgZMa9


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 19 January @ 07h30
Amanzimtoti Bird Park with Jenny Norman

A visit to the Amanzimtoti Bird Park is always exciting.  There are lovely birds to be seen and one can expect to see a range of different birds.  Some of the species we hope to see are Sombre Greenbul, Dark-backed Weaver, Collared Sunbird and many more.  Previous sightings have been recorded of Grey Waxbill and Black-throated Wattle-eye and the Half-collared Kingfisher has made an appearance on many occasions. Jenny is extremely knowledgeable and you can learn a lot from spending time birding with her.

Register using this link:
https://forms.gle/VfGK8m53WvrtWyANA


BEKZN CONSERVATION
Sunday 22 January @ 08h00
CWAC COUNTS: uMngeni Estuary with Steve Davis   


Do your bit for conservation (and learn from the best)! Join the CWAC Count starting at the Green Hub @ uMngeni Estuary mouth, then moving onto Durban Bay in the Bayhead area afterwards. Bring binoculars, hat, water, tea and snacks for afterwards.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/rFkZ42a1pMtYLyZW8


BEKZN TALKS!
wednesday 25 January @ 18H30
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | DR GERHARD VERDOORN
A LONG FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
ONLINE BEKZN ZOOM ROOM

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn of the Griffon Poison Information Centre who has a passion for natural things will talk to the club about the migration of the birds from South Africa, over Africa into Israel. Dr Verdoorn will talk about the bird journeys, taking in the beautiful landscapes of Israel which the birds fly over in their migration, the different species, how they fly, how they survive and then also talk about his experiences in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel). He will reflect on the Golan, Gamla, Ein Avdad, Ein Gedi where David cut a piece off Shaul’s tunic, and lots of interesting things around the migration.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcu6tqTIuG9Ut0-F2TTw-wMaw_AFHqwV5


BeKZN DAY TRIPPING
SUNDAY 29 JANUARY @06h00
SAPPI Wetlands hosted by nicolette and ticky forbes

Starting early to catch the early morning bird calls before moving to the wetland birds. A return visit to an excellent waterbird venue with the possibility of rarities and specials being seen from the hide or the platforms along the road. The last outing there had Greater Painted Snipe and Brown-throated Weaver. There is also a chance of special species such as African Snipe, African Rail, Baillon’s Crake and Lesser Moorhen. There is usually a great variety of waterfowl and waders. We will be taking time to assist beginner birders to get lifers and also allow some slow birding for photographers. This birding venue is very rewarding and time at the hide can produce a good list of 80 – 90 species.

We will have our refreshments at the picnic site (ablutions are available) and go through the lists and aspects of the ID. For those interested we will travel back to Durban via the back roads and continue the list and atlassing through some interesting areas including a traverse of the UPL affected area.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/xVrw4wVSXN1Ti12z6

black man with binoculars at home

2023 is going to be a great year to be birding…