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

2023

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 / webinar.

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.

DECEMBER

NOVEMBER

OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER

BirdLife KZN FORUM | LONG WEEKEND AWAY
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER – TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
BIRDLIFE KZN FORUM CHAIR NICOLETTE FORBES will host the event with BirdLife eThekwini KZN

A Save the Date ad with more details and registration form will be released shortly.

AUGUST

JULY
BeKZN Weekend Away uMkhuze Game Reserve & Zimanga Aloes
Friday 14- Sunday 16 July

A special day for birders at the Zimanga Aloe Garden on Saturday 15th July – make a weekend of it and join other club members staying over at uMkkhuze. More details later.


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 13 July @ 07h30
Bluff Nature Reserve hosted by Jenny Norman

A coastal forest reserve around a large wetland. 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. We can later move to the picnic area for a view of different birds where Black-throated Wattle-eye has been seen.


Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/V5Uwe39uqMKViSGV8

BEKZN TALKS!
THURSDAY 20 JULY @ 18H00
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Richard Flack
Why do birders make such good photographers?

Richard is no stranger to those who follow bird photography. Richard says “After 13 years as professional photographer I am now more intrigued by different perspectives, interesting uses of light, unique compositions and magical landscapes and moments. My foray into “habitat shots” or “birds in their environment” images some seven years ago was completely accidental, but it is an area that continues to excite my heart and holds so much room for creativity and future developments. Consequently, I am currently focused on pushing the boundaries in this genre and am looking to combine iconic African landscapes with the birds that call them home in a new series called Iconic African Birdscapes’.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdeyqqTssHNR7TatbLfE4S4Z_1XxxLJar


BeKZN Conservation
Saturday 22 July @ 09h00
Winter CWAC Count | hosted by 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/KrdSnCGoDXbFW4ZJ6


BeKZN Atlas
Sunday 23 July @ 07h00
Colour Me Green eThekwini Atlas Challenge 2023 hosted by Dave Rimmer

We will be atlassing an area and pentads to be advised.  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 contributing to conservation.

Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/A1x1nSQpqGQkmHCZA

JUNE

BeKZN WALK
Saturday 3 June @ 07h30
Pigeon Valley| Hosted by Mark Williams-Wynn

The coastal forest of Pigeon Valley in winter is well known for Spotted Ground Thrush and if we’re lucky, Green Twinspot. This is a remnant of the forest that once covered the whole of the Berea. There is also a breeding pair of Black Sparrowhawk

Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/werPk7Bk9wHrtgoT8


BeKZN Theme 2023
Wednesday 7 June @18h30
BIRD HABITATS and the importance of birds | Hosted by Nicolette Forbes

We will chat first about your important backyard plants submitted as last months task and a bit about the birds seen and heard during May by all of you. We will then start chatting about our next subject under the theme activities and roll out the June task.

Birds improve ousr quality of life. Watching them flit around a backyard or hop through the grass can be an entertaining diversion, a mood booster, and a window into animal behaviour.   Ecosystem services include all of the positive benefits that natural systems provide. The term includes everything from the basic provisioning of food and oxygen, to more subtle perks such as the ways wetlands reduce storm and flood damage. In this session we will delve deeper into this aspect of your birding to foster a greater understanding of our birding world.

Registered participants will receive the zoom link closer to the date.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE for anyone TO REGISTER FOR THE THEME ACTIVITIES!!!
ONE THEME PRESENTATION AND ONE TASK PER MONTH.
PRIZE GIVEAWays after each task.

More detail here – just click – BeKZN Theme 2023 | In my own Backyard


BEKZN TALKS!
THURSDAY 15 JUNE @ 18H00
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Cassie Carstens
SECRETARYBIRDS, THE ICONIC AFRICAN GRASSLAND WANDERERS

Secretarybirds, the iconic African grassland wanderers, have experienced a dramatic decline in population over the past few decades. They are now considered endangered in South Africa with habitat loss and collisions with powerlines and fences being the main threats.

Join Cassie Carstens,  BirdLife South Africa’s Secretarybird Conservation Officer, for a talk about the journeys of these amazing birds, the challenges they face, and what a dedicated team is doing to conserve them.

Register to receive a link to join this online talk | https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldO2grDMqGNde68CLLYvLsySPxyFQ28lH

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


BeKZN Walk
Sunday 18 June @ 07h00
Molweni Trail | hosted by Elton-John Bartlett

This 5km forest walk in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve , Kloof can be very rewarding. Look out for Narina Trogan, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Knysna Turaco.

Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/hZw4pEFUJvLVEeKV6


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 22 June @ 14h00
Durban Botanical Gardens | Hosted by Jenny Norman

An afternoon sit-in which will be centred around the pond at the Durban Botanical Garden. We will observe what comes into roost and keep an eye out at what is in the trees nearby.

Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/NuyoDV1vHeF5Dxi28


Be KZN Atlas
Saturday 24 June @ 07h00
BIRDING A Pentad in the uMkhomazi Valley | Hosted by adam cruickshank

This atlassing focussed will allow us to range a bit more widely explore the best spots that the area has for birding. We will explore forests, rivers, water treatment works, grasslands, beaches, and even scan the seas for pelagic species. Around 280 species have been recorded in the pentad that covers the area, so the area promises some fantastic birding. We will move in a car convoy and stop at various points to allow us to bird the area extensively. Species that could be seen include Spotted-ground Thrush, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Half-collared Kingfisher, Magpie Mannikin, Wood Owl, Red-billed Quelea, and African Black Oystercatcher.

Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/xFAAnLihP6uRkCKHA


BeKZN EVENT
A WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY AT BEACHWOOD MANGROVES
Sunday 25 June @ 06h30

Not that we need an excuse for a party but June will end with a splash! Our winter solstice party has become something of a tradition. In addition we would like to get together to celebrate our new Honorary President, Steve Davis taking the reins. We get fewer opportunities to get together as a whole club these days with the rise in online activities and this is one of the facilities where we can do this with a large group.

We will start with Hot Chocolate, muffins and other pastries, guided walks, followed by a live quiz an then LUNCH. Braai fires will be provided and the club will provide rolls, salads, paper plates and serviettes.

Please register so we know to cater for you (A conservation fine will be levied if you just show up) | https://forms.gle/mPdxHUM7WYLwz9pc6ed

MAY
BEKZN TALKS!
Wednesday 3 MAY @ 18H00
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Nandi Thobela
Ntsikeni Vlei

Nandi Thobela from BirdLife South Africa will be talking about Ntsikeni Vlei and giving the background and future projects of the reseve and the special birds found there. Nandi Thobela is the Empowering People Programme Manager and engages with the community surrounding Ntsikeni Nature Reserve and the management authority, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Nandi and her team are primarily focussed on eco-tourism development and creating incentives for the community to graze cattle outside of the reserve through the Herding4Health Programme. Ntsikeni Nature Reserve will form part of the Drakensberg Birding Route that is being developed by BirdLife South Africa, thus directing both national and international interest to the area. Tourists who enjoy hiking, walking, bird watching, and photography can have these experiences at Ntsikeni Nature Reserve given the absence of dangerous game. This is a project supported by BeKZN so is extremely important for members to understand.

ONLINE BEKZN ZOOM ROOM | Use this link to register for the talk and receive entrance codes. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcuihqjwuEtN5vR7BkQu-XEbWYU95VkFo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


BEKZN Walks
Saturday 6 MAY @ 07h30
New germany nature reserve with terry walls

This lovely little grassland / forest reserve can be very rewarding.  The grasslands can produce Zitting Cisticolas, African Pipit, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Little Bee-eaters, Robins and Flycatchers are found in the forest and if you are lucky an African Goshawk will show.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/GLxMd7K69r5zqq257


Be KZN OUTREACH
Tuesday 9 MAY 2023 @ Le Domaine 10h00
Le Domaine is hosting this popular bird talk by the chair of BeKZN Nicolette Forbes

Gardens of Birds, Gardens for Birds and Garden Birds | this talk will cover the importance of your garden in the greater Durban and KZN habitat mosaic, talk about Nicolette’s personal garden journey and philosophy and run throgh the types of urban and garden birds you should be seeing and getting to know.

All welcome – to book please contact Bill Braine on 083 207 9283


BEKZN THEME 2023 | IN MY BACKYARD #2
WEDNESDAY 10 MAY @ 18H30
ONLINE BEKZN ZOOM ROOM WITH NICOLETTE FORBES

DAWN CHORUS AND BIRDSONG – LISTENING AND LEARNING TECHNIQUES

This is the discussion and workshop around Task 2 of the In your Backyard theme event. Remember to submit your short recordings of morning choruses with identifications. We will talk about techniquess for recognising calls the signficance of song versus call and ways to try to memorise and reinforce.

Registered members will be sent a link. Information on joining this event here www.blpn.org/theme


Be KZN OUTREACH
THURSDAY 11 MAY 2023 @ Mount Edgecombe Country Club | Sandpiper Room | 18h00
MOUNT EDGECOMBE BIRD AND ENVIRONMENT CLUB
is hosting a bird talk by the chair of BeKZN Nicolette Forbes

KGALAGADI KALEIDOSCOPES The talk will be held at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club there will be a R35.00 charge per head for all attending. Visitors are welcome. Access through the main gate to the Country Club. Those who wish to dine at the Club after the talk, will be able to do so.


BEKZN Walks
Saturday 13 MAY @ 07h00
AMANZIMTOTI SPORTS CLUB with ADAM CRUICKSHANK

The Amanzimtoti Sports Centre offers birders a 4-kilometre trail that winds along the banks of the Manzimtoti River. Even though the Sports Centre is right in the middle of the town, once you walk onto the trails it feels like you are far away from any urban location. The trails host many birds including Cardinal and Golden-Tailed Woodpecker, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Mountain Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, and if we are lucky Spotted Ground Thrush. 

Register for this outing using this link:  https://forms.gle/JLg972WreU2iuw35A


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 18 MAY @ 07h30
pIGEON VALLEY nature reserve hosted by Jenny Norman

The coastal forest of Pigeon Valley in winter is well known for Spotted Ground Thrush and if we’re lucky, Green Twinspot.  Buff-spotted Flufftail with their chicks have been seen recently at one of the bird baths and we may be lucky to see these elusive birds as well. We will sit just inside the reserve near the sign board and a bird bath while we watch, listen and wait.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/C1NmVpKki3QaUbF57


BEKZN MEMORIAL GATHERING – DEREK SPENCER
BEKZN WALK WITH CASSIE CARSTEN
20 may 2023 @ 07h30
SPRINGSIDE NATURE RESERVE

A memorial bench donated by BeKZN and dedicated to Derek Spencer will be put in place with hopefully as many members as possible in attendance. Refreshments will be available. A walk through this conservancy reserve nestled in the heart of suburbia will be led by Cassie Carstens BEFORE the bench dedication. A range of habitats this reserve comprises wetland, sourveld grassland, scarp and swamp forest.  This varied habitat has had over 170 species of birds recorded over time. Note that the walks begins at 07h30 and the bench dedication proceedings will begin around 09h45 (we will wait for the walkers to return).

07h30 Walk

09h45 Gather at the Sundial for bench dedication and snacks.

Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/KKHZD23RuKUj68KW9

APRIL
BeKZN WALKS
SUNDAY 2 APRIL (TIME TBC)
Krantskloof nature reserve hosted by mark liptrot

Special permission has been given for us to go into the closed Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. The leader will inform you of time and which entrance. It is a beautiful area with cliffs, grassland and bush where there a large variety of birds to be seen from cisticolas through to raptors.

Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/KtwT7NP2pfu7tiKV8


BeKZN theme learn
wednesday 5 APRIL @18h30
in my backyard 2023 hosted by nicolette forbes

BeKZN Theme 2023 | In your Backyard | BeKZN ZOOM ROOM

A powerpoint presentation about things we see in our backyard and also some discussion around the In My Backyard 2023 Theme and the winner of the first month giveaway.

Repeating the pep talk sent by email: The March task has been released – please make sure you register to be in line for the March give-away.  It will also keep you up-to-date with the monthly tasks so you don’t have to do catchup. Surely out of a club of 600 members there can be a better response than eleven or twelve members, two of whom are ones that live furthest away.  This is a well-intentioned, easy-access, make-a-difference club initiative which you can do in your own time at home…

Disappointing…

You have to sign up for the challenge to receive a link to this diary item – an online discussion about garden birds, plants that make a difference and a comparison of what we are all seeing – birds, butterflies and mammals.


BeKZN WALKS
SATURDAY 8 APRIL @07h00
VAMBUKA hosted by ADAM CRUICKSHANK

A small reserve within the AECI area in Amamzintoti. 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 using this link: https://forms.gle/nQc2g6QpCfmt2KdJ9


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 13 april @ 07h30
palmiet nature reserve hosted by Jenny Norman

Back to the popular Palmiet Nature Reserve to sit by the pond. Will we get Half-collared Kingfisher there again? Maybe even see the Mountain Wagtail or Giant Kingfisher on the river. What will be on the cliff?

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/fG3tCbUf5KRwF9nb8


BEKZN ATLAS
Sunday 16 april @ 06h00
Colour Me Green eThekwini Atlas Challenge 2023 hosted by Dave Rimmer

We will be atlassing an area and pentads to be advised.  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 contributing to conservation

Please register using this link: https://forms.gle/CKaSHTfLx6eQc1239


BEKZN OUTREACH
BirdLIFE SANI AGM guest presentation
the restoration of Lake St Lucia | an estuary reimagined
TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2023 @ 18H00

NICOLETTE FORBES will be the guest presenter for BirdLife Sani’s AGM to be held at the Underberg Country Club for the BirdLife Sani Annual General Meeting.


BeKZN walks
SUNDAY 23 april @06h30
SIMBITHI ECO-ESTATE hosted by BRIAN ROBERTS

A private reserve within the Simbithi Estate. An old favourite, a good birding area in a secure estate with coastal bush and ponds. Simbithi has become a unique, eco-friendly residential community that co-exists harmoniously with wildlife and nature. Recent sightings include Little Bittern, African Pygmy Goose and Southern Banded Snake-Eagle.

Register for this outing using this link:https://forms.gle/bUf1cLuC3teL2HoG8

MARCH
BeKZN Weekend Away…
Saturday-Sunday 3-5 MARCH @ 07h00
ZULULAND snake-eagle big weekend

BirdLife South Africa has launched a new citizen science initiative in support of their Southern Banded Snake Eagle conservation project, the Zululand Snake Eagle Big Weekend. It is important for bird clubs in KZN to support this initiative.

To more accurately gauge the population size and distribution of Southern-banded Snake-eagle in South Africa, we want to get as many people as possible into the field looking for them over the same weekend (3-5 March 2023).

BLSA’s project project page (Zululand Snake Eagle Big Weekend), has provided a link to a map that will help identify areas that need to be searched and to help guide participants in planning their trip. This map shows the output from a habitat suitability model with areas predicted as having over a 30% probability of being suitable for Southern-banded Snake-eagle occurrence shown in light purple and those with over 50% chance shown in darker purple.

This provides only a rough guide and participants will have to find forest patches within these areas (this is where local knowledge could be handy!), which are the preferred habitat for this species. The easiest way to find these birds is to survey the forest edges that neighbour open areas where prey could be found, these eagles hunt from perches in these areas in the early mornings and late afternoons.

If you are planning to participate in this event please let me know and if willing send me the rough area (coordinates) which you plan to survey.

Please let Christiaan Brink <christiaan.brink@birdlife.org.za> know if you are wanting to participate.

Note that it is up to individuals to form groups, choose areas and liaise with BLSA. If someone would like to co-ordinate a BeKZN group to go to a particular area please contact Jenny Norman (activities@bekzn.org) or Nicolette Forbes (chair@bekzn.org) to discuss this.


BeKZN DAY TRIPPING
SATURDAY 11 MARCH@06h30
TC ROBERTSON NATURE RESERVE hosted by HAZEL NEVIN

A small reserve on the bank of the Mpambanyoni Estuary. With a high diversity of habitats including reedbeds, grassland and coastal forest many species can be seen with waterbirds such as African Swamphen, African Rail and Great Reed Warbler. Orange-breasted Waxbills are also a possibility. The wooded areas can host Tambourine dove and Greater Honeyguide along with Gorgeous Bush Shrike.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/nQc2g6QpCfmt2KdJ9


BeKZN Chair presentation
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR GARDEN
tuesday 14 march @ 10h00
ROLLING HILLS UMHLANGA with UMHLANGA GARDEN CLUB

The BeKZN Chair Nicolette Forbes has been asked to talk birds and gardens at the Umhlanga Garden Club. Her talk will focus on what makes a good garden for birds and highlight the importance of the collective efforts of gardeners over large areas.

Visitors are welcome.

Please email Chairperson: Laurelle Barnett Email: kandlbarnett@telkomsa.net to make arrangements to attend.


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 16 march @ 15h00
memorial park with Jenny Norman

This will be our 2nd afternoon outing. It is a park in the Kloof area that was donated to the community by two farmers in memory of their son’s killed in the 2nd World War. It has a nice reedbed for bishops and weavers and plenty of mature trees around.  We will sit near the reed bed in the shade of one of the trees and see what puts in an appearance. Last time we had a diversity of species from African Crowned Eagle through a flock of Woolly-necked Stork to Violet-backed Starling and even a sighting of Red-chested Cuckoo.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/y7iKmHdg7UkNLQN99


BEKZN FORUM | LONG WEEKEND AWAY
FRIDAY 17 MARCH – TUESDAY 21 MARCH
CLUB HOST AND BIRDLIFE KZN FORUM CHAIR NICOLETTE FORBES WITH THE LOCAL BIRD CLUB LADYSMITH BIRDERS

Hosted by the local bird club, Ladysmith Birders, the programme which is still in development promises to show us the highlights of the local area including the Ingula Nature Reserve, birding the local district roads for grassland birds with locals and guides, Spionkop, and more.  Delegates should be able to add significant birds to their lists.  

This is long weekend has been selected to allow people to travel from further afield and spend longer doing what we love, talking, learning about and looking at birds. We hope to see as many birders and club members there as possible!  

Come for five days or just Saturday and Sunday to attend the main events.

Register your interest by filling in this short form to receive further information directly to your inbox as the programme is updated

https://forms.gle/VKQwpA9yiiH64Zfu6


BeKZN EVENING SPECIAL
THURSDAY 23 March @17h30
MOUNT MORELAND BARN SWALLOWS hosted by nicolette and ticky forbes

A special outing to see the swallows come into roost. This will be a late afternoon / evening outing. Find some raptors trying to catch them! Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland while watching the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows, the Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica.

Every evening from mid October to mid April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly in vast numbers over the Lake Victoria Wetlands. As dusk falls, the swallows drop down in the reeds and are gone … until dawn the next day! The Wetland is one of the largest roost sites for these Barn Swallows during their summer migration to South Africa. Bring your binoculars, mozzie repellant (lotions not spray please), chairs, drinks and snacks.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/UGo6iMLULbPc7TN69


BEKZN EVENT!
saturday 25 – sunday 26 march
KLOOF INDIGENOUS OPEN GARDENS

Volunteer to assist at the stand or simply support the event and come and visit us and look for and photograph birds. BeKZN will be situated in close proximity to a wetland so use the opportuniaty to come and chat indigenous gardening for birds, bird identification, bird photography or find out more about the club.

FEBRUARY

BEKZN JUNIORS…
Saturday 4 February @ 07h00
Durban Botanic Gardens with Marco Franchini

An outing especially for our up-and-coming birders. This will be held at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Situated in the city of Durban it is one of the oldest public institutions and Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. The gardens cover an area of 15 hectares where breeding birds can be seen as well as some forest birds. African Spoonbills, Pink-backed Pelican, Black-throated Wattle-eye and more.

Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/SNf264ZVyQb2U2pj6


BeKZN DAY TRIPPING
SUNDAY 5 February @06h00
SAPPI Wetlands hosted by nicolette and ticky forbes

Postponed from end January due to rain

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


BeKZN Sit-in
Thursday 16 February @ 07h00
Westville Scout Bowl with Jenny Norman

Back to a place that we haven’t been to for a while. All three mannikins (Bronze, Red-backed and Magpie) can be seen here along with a variety of breeding weavers and many other bush birds.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/mX6dr34mVL8h2Fhs5


BEKZN ATLAS
Sunday 19 February @ 06h00
Colour Me Green eThekwini Atlas Challenge 2023 with Dave Rimmer

We will be atlassing an area and pentads to be advised by Dave Rimmer.  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 contributing to conservation please register using this link: 

https://forms.gle/Zgr7kxw38onQmaa88


BeKZN EVENING SPECIAL
wednesday 22 FEbruary @1730
MOUNT MORELAND BARN SWALLOWS hosted by nicolette and ticky forbes

A special outing to see the swallows come into roost. This will be a late afternoon / evening outing. Find some raptors trying to catch them! Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland while watching the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows, the Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica.

Every evening from mid October to mid April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly in vast numbers over the Lake Victoria Wetlands. As dusk falls, the swallows drop down in the reeds and are gone … until dawn the next day! The Wetland is one of the largest roost sites for these Barn Swallows during their summer migration to South Africa. Bring your binoculars, mozzie repellant (lotions not spray please), chairs, drinks and snacks.

Register using this link: https://forms.gle/fb18yPiDp5bPHXn5A


BEKZN’s 74th agm!
saturday 25 february @ 09h00 for 09h30
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | james hendry

Our Annual General Meeting will be an occasion! A fantastic guest who is an entertainer par excellence, awards and club theme for 2023. Note that only club members who are not in arrears can attend. Lunch will be served. Bird of the Year 2023 – the Cape Parrot pins and fluffier will be on sale.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://forms.gle/N8dT7fJSWks3yDdXA R50 per person.

JANUARY

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:
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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.

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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



black man with binoculars at home

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