Future Activities


BirdLife Port Natal

Bird Ringing. Normally starts very early, but people are welcome to arrive later and see what is going on.

  • 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:084 549  1752.
  • Bird Ringing with Andrew Pickles. Usually the first or second Sunday of the month. Venue to be advised. Please contact Andrew for details. Cell 082 338 3302 or barbet@venturenet.co.za
  • Bird Ringing with James Rawdon. James visits many private estates on the North Coast from Umhlanga into southern Zululand. Contact James for details: 083 745 6007 or jjrawdon@yahoo.com.
  • Directions to venues. Go to https://blpn.org/activities/directions-to-bird-club-venues/. If unsure, then ask the outing leader when you make contact to confirm your attendance. Directions to new venues will be shown below.

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August 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 5 August 07h15 – Stainbank – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Directions: From Solomon Mahlangu Drive (Edwin Swales Drive), take the Wakesleigh Road turn-off. Turn left into Sarnia Road, travel for 2 km then turn right at the traffic lights into Coedmore Quarry Road. Travel for 3 km, the entrance to the reserve is on the right. Park in the Loerie car park. There is an entrance fee. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.

Tuesday 8 August 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Conference Centre at the usual time – 9.30 – 10 a.m. and the fee will still be R20.  Our speaker will be Arnia van Vuuren who is the Vice Chair of Birdlife Port Natal.  Her talk will be Ramblings of a birdwatcher through the Karoo.  Please will you all come and support Arnia – she has spoken to our club before and is an entertaining and informative speaker who, I’m sure, will have some great photographs to show you.  I’m sure we’ve all, at some time or another, been through the Karoo and it will be good to share Arnia’s experiences.  We will be serving our usual tea/coffee and biscuits and we would like to take this opportunity of thanking Wendy Bond for filling Sarah Burns’ shoes and welcome her on board.  We would also like to thank Jenny Young for helping out when necessary.

Wednesday 9 August 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church. Today is women’s day, lets get together to thank all the women members for the huge amount of work they do for our bird club as well as conservation in general. Jean Senogles, well-known conservationist, is guest speaker on monkeys and their interaction with birds.

Wednesday 16 August 8h00 – Botanical Gardens –  With Sandi du Preez – Tel  031-7014839  or  0733324431 Directions:  From Berea Road, turn into Botanic Gardens Road and travel until the gardens are reached. Turn right into Sydenham Road and follow the signs to the new entrance. After the walk, we will go to the Tea garden for refreshments.

Sunday 20 August 07h00 – Empisini – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in this area, including the elusive Magpie Mannikin and a chance to see White-starred Robin, Spotted Ground Thrush and Green Twinspot. Habitat consists of prime coastal forest with perennial small streams. Directions: Travel the N2 south, take the Umkomaas/Widenham off-ramp. At the stop street turn left, then travel a few hundred metres to the first left turn signposted SAPPI/SAICCOR. Continue down a steep hill for just over 1 km, turn left at the T-junction at the bottom of the hill and then left again through an unmarked gap in the fence. Follow the track for about 400 m to the parking and picnic area. There is a nice picnic/braai site. It takes about 40 min. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 August 2017 – Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Weekend away with Cheryl and John Bevan. We will be birding in the reserve on Saturday and Sunday. We will be going to the vulture hide at 9am, Cost R50pp, please confirm your booking with Cheryl Bevan – home number 031- 7083731, Cell number 0834079785 or email address is mombevan@gmail.com. Please book directly with KZN Wildlife – +27 39 679 1644. Accommodation – 033 845 1000. www.kznwildlife.com.

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September 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 2 September 06h30 Tanglewood with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. – Directions: Take the exit at the bottom of Field’s Hill on the M13. Turn onto Richmond Road at the off ramp lights (traveling away from Pinetown). Turn right onto Trafford Road. Travel 1.2 kms and just before the lights turn right onto Motala Road. At the traffic circle turn left onto Naidoo Road. After about 300 metres you will see the entrance in front of you. Meet at the bottom gate from 06:15 and we will all drive in together. Picnic tea at the Boathouse. Most important about meeting at the gate before 06:30 as the gate is then locked. Silver collection for the Hillcrest Conservancy.

Sunday 3 September. SAPPI Hide 06h45 with Rex Aspeling. . Please contact Rex to confirm. Email:rex.aspeling@gmail.com or call: 082 301 8177. Directions: -Take the N2 North. Left on ramp at R74 KwaDukuza and left towards KwaDukuza (Stanger). Approximately 1km further turn left at SAPPI turnoff. Follow the road till you have SAPPI mill on your right. No Need to sign in. I will meet you here. We will meet at the Picnic Area past the hide at 06h45. The first 10 will go to the hide and the rest for a stroll around the dam and swop later. Afterwards tea /coffee in the picnic area. Good idea to take cushions as well as chairs, tea/coffee.

Wednesday 13 September 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. Our guest speaker – Details to follow. See you there.

Wednesday 20 September 07h30 Burman Bush with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. There should be lots of sunbirds around; the Kites are back and a chance to see the Goshawks and Sparrowhawks. Directions: – Take Lilian Ngoyi Road (Windermere Road) from Sandile Thusi Road (M17) (Argyle Road) and continue along it until the end and turn left into Goodwin Drive. Go past the Bill Buchanan Home and then follow the signs from Goodwin Drive/Burman Drive junction to the parking area just outside the gate. Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards.

Sunday 24 September 06h30 A Mini Birding Day organised by Jenny Norman. This is NOT a led outing! Participants meet at 06h30 at Paradise Valley Parking Area. Birders must make up teams consisting of 3/4 persons.  Each team will be handed a bird list consisting of 180 species to be found in the Greater Durban Area.  If you can’t make up a team, don’t worry; there will be others there that you can team up with.  Each team will go out and find as many of those birds as they can anywhere in the Ethekwini area, and meet back at New Germany at 13h00 for a picnic lunch so that the lists can be handed in and be evaluated to find the winners and the runners up. Bring a picnic lunch and chairs along for a social after the birding. There will hopefully be a prize for the winning team…. Big Birding Day rules will apply.

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October 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 7 October 06h00 Alverstone – with Elena Russell. Meet in the car park. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Directions: Take the N3 west from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. From the N3 take the Shongweni off-ramp. Travel north past the Assagay Hotel and over the M13. Turn left onto the D435 towards Alverstone. Follow this road to the park entrance on the left.The entrance fee is still R20 per person (I will collect the gate key on Friday) and the parking is right near the gate so I can let people in but by 06:15 we will have started off walking at which stage the gate will be locked so late comers will not be able to gain access. There is a nice boma where we will have our picnic tea.

Tuesday 10 October, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre.  Speakers are Karin & Craig Nelson. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.

Wednesday 11 October 19h00 – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville.  Adam Riley, Rockjumpers: The World’s Most Unusual Birds. See you there.

Saturday 14 October 13.30BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.

Wednesday 18 October 07h30 Paradise Valley NR- with Lesley Frescura. Gate opens at 7h30. The last outing with Sandi was washed out, so we haven’t been for a while. Let’s see the Mountain Wagtails and the Crowned Eagles and enjoy the spring weather. There is a walk along the Umbilo River to the spectacular waterfall. Directions: From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turn-off. (Exit 16) Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Road past the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the end of the road. Watch out for the many speed bumps in the road. Note: There is a small entrance fee. Bring tea things for later.

Sunday 22 October Bisley Valley Nature Reserve, with Elena and Sandi. Please confirm meeting time and place with Elena Russell. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net or Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. A mixture of grasslands and acacia dominated thornveld with some fine trees along the three watercourses draining the higher ground. There are also some marshy areas. Directions: Leave N3 highway at Market Road (Exit 74), go past the market and bear left onto R103 to Cleland. At next traffic lights, go right into Murray Road (Gladys Manzi). Proceed for 2.3 km and go left through the gate at Canterbury Stables. Parking entrance to reserve is 100 m on the right.

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November 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 4 November 07h30 – Shongweni – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Bring a picnic tea & chairs. Directions: Take the N3 west, go through the Mariannhill Toll Plaza, then take the Shongweni/Assagay off-ramp. Turn left and drive for approximately 1 km before turning left again at the sign to Shongweni Dam. After a few hundred metres turn right at the next signpost for Shongweni Dam. This road eventually leads to the entrance (about 6 km).  Pay your entrance fee by card. Cash not accepted. Wild Cards accepted. Take the left road as you enter and park in the parking at the Resource Centre.

Wednesday 8 November 19h00. – Indoor meeting at Westville Methodist Church, Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville. – End of year get together: maybe a quiz, maybe a speaker, maybe some other fun, come along and find out.

Sunday 12 November. – Kwa-Ximba Conservancy with Dave Rimmer. Please confirm meeting time and place with Dave. 0824537255 or email: daverimmer@mweb.co.za. The outing to Kwa-Ximba will involve a walk along the southern banks of the uMngeni and Mgceweni Rivers. The plan is for everyone to meet at isiThumba Cultural Village on the uMngeni. Directions to isiThumba Cultural Village (all on good tar roads): From Durban take the N3 heading to Pietermaritzburg. From Kloof/Hillcrest take the M13 heading to Pietermaritzburg and then the N3. Go off the N3 at the Hammersdale / Inchanga Exit. At the end of the off ramp turn right over the N3 and follow the road past Inchanga Station. Just after the station turn right into Inchanga Drive – stay on this road (it bears left) until you come to a T-junction with the R103 (Old Main Road). Turn right onto the R103 and then first left (about 200m) onto the D1004. Stay on this road for 9kms as it meanders steeply down into the uMngeni Valley until you come to the isiThumba Cultural Village on your right.

Wednesday 15 November 07h30 Stainbank N.R. with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Open grassland, woodland, scrub and riverine vegetation, also a small dam, which attracts some water birds and nesting weavers. Directions: – from Edwin Swailes Drive (Solomon Mahlangu) take the Wakesleigh Rd turn-off. Turn left into Sarnia Rd. Travel for about 2km and turn right into Coedmore Rd. Continue for about 3 km. the reserve is on the right. Meet at the Lourie picnic site. There is an entrance fee (free with Wild Card or Rhino Card. Bring chair, coffee/tea and eats for picnic afterwards.

Sunday 19 November Priscilla Vale Farm with Malcolm Stainbank 0837811130 email: malstainbank@gmail.com or md.s@priscillavalefarm.co.za. Please confirm attendance and meeting time. Directions: Take the N3 from Durban and take the Camperdown off ramp. Go left at the bridge and follow the road until the T-junction. Go left towards Eston and Umbumbulu. At the Caltex Service Station keep going straight on the R603 +- 12 kms from the Eston crossroad; turn off on your right. Allow 65 minutes from Durban. GPS Co-ordinates for Priscilla Vale Farm are: S 29 57’815″; E30 36’444″.

Weekend away 24-26 November. Sand Forest lodge, Hluhluwe with John and Cheryl Bevan. Please confirm all details with Cheryl at mombevan@gmail.com, 0317083731 or 0834079785. Typical sand forest habitat conveniently situated for False Bay Park and Imfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Campsite and chalet accommodation available. Details on website www.sandforest.co.za or phone Cary or Godfrey on 0824176484 and 0836277080 referring to Port Natal birding weekend. Sand Forest Lodge have offered 20% discount for bungalows and cottages, but cannot discount their camp site as they are at the bare minimum rate. For directions see their website.

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December 2017

Bird ringing and directions to venues: see details in the introduction.

Saturday 2 December 07h15 – Springside – with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place. Tel 031705 2902, email elenarussell@telkomsa.net. Our Christmas outing – we will be doing toasted cheese & tom sandwiches!! Silver collection for the conservancy. Directions: From M13, turn off at Hillcrest off-ramp. Turn right at traffic light into Old Main Road. At Heritage Market, turn right into Stonewall. Travel under the subway and at the T-junction turn right into Springside Road. Continue along this road until you see the reserve on your left. Donations are encouraged.

Wednesday 6 December 06h15 Westville Trail with Sandi du Preez – Tel. 031-7014839 or 0733324431. Directions: – Meet in the car park behind the Westville Civic Centre. We will be walking the Westville trail, and then spend some time in the “dog” park. The area behind the Westville Library is fantastic for “early morning” birds. Sunbirds. Barbets, Honeyguides, etc. On the trail, we hope to see all three Mannikin species (the Magpie Mannikin is a special there!) Entrance is free. Bring chair coffee/tea and eats for a picnic afterwards. PLEASE NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME – Mike Roseblade says this is essential!

Saturday 9 December 13.30 – BMCG with Rob Jamieson. Venue to be announced.

Tuesday 12 December, 09h30 for 10h00 Krantzkloof Interpretive Centre. – Speaker is Tristan Dickerson. There is an entrance fee, tea and coffee is provided.

 

 

3 Responses to Future Activities

  1. Patrick says:

    Good evening, seen a huge raptor at my home this morning, very curious to know what it is, have a short video, it had a very peculiar call, returned home this evening its still around. Your kind assistance will be appreciated.

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