Category Archives: Activities

Bluff Outing

Bluff Nature Reserve Saturday 4th August 2018 Report by Terry Walls  In spite of the clear day we were promised by the weather forecast, there were a few clouds about and a fresh chill in the air. Bluff Nature Reserve … Continue reading

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New Germany Outing

Report by Elena Russell 7 July 2018 I understand Saturday morning did not start off too well in Durban and north of the Umgeni with drizzle and an overcast sky, which may have put off some of the regulars to … Continue reading

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Pigeon Valley

Report by Sandi du Preez 20 June 2018 It was a very overcast and gloomy day which often made it difficult to see  a bird’s features. After scanning the area around the notice board to look for the Spotted Ground … Continue reading

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Pigeon Valley Outing

Report by Terry Walls 2 June 2018   The morning greeted us with misty rain, which thankfully cleared up shortly before we arrived for the outing. ​Features of the reserve include: A natural heritage site which has original coastal climax … Continue reading

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Oribi Gorge weekend away

Report by Cheryl Bevan 23rd – 25th March. We left for Oribi on Thursday in pouring rain and we looked like drowned rats once we had set up camp in the rain. The rain never stopped until Saturday morning. John … Continue reading

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Cumberland Outing

Sunday 11th March 2018 Report by Jane Morris At 6.30am on Sunday 11th March 2018 a group of 20 birders gathered at the farm dam just before the entrance to Cumberland Nature Reserve. The dam yielded a few species but … Continue reading

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Kenneth Stainbank Outing

3 March 2018 Report by Elena Russell A pleasant morning’s birding, maybe not the greatest our bird count was only 63 – see the bird list by clicking here. I guess it is the end of summer. At the dam … Continue reading

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Bisley Valley Nature Reserve Outing

Bisley Valley Nature Reserve, Pietermaritzburg 21 January 2018 Report by Dave Rimmer The BPLN Sunday outing for January was held on the 21st where nine  birders joined me at Bisley Valley Nature Reserve in Pietermaritzburg. The group started assembling at … Continue reading

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Jubilee Park Outing

  21 February 2018 Report by Sandi du Preez Eight birders attended the outing to a very hot and humid Jubilee Park in Westville. I think the birds felt the same as there were very few to be seen. It … Continue reading

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SAPPI Outing

Report by Elena Russell SAPPI Outing Saturday 3rd February 2018 Late Friday afternoon we had the most massive storm; hail, lightening, thunder and torrential rain. I wondered about the North Coast and hoped the storm never got as far as … Continue reading

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Springside Christmas Outing

Report By Elena Russell 2 December 2017 We had an excellent turnout for our Christmas outing to Springside. Could it be the famous toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches as prepared by our chefs, Marion and John. Most definitely, they and … Continue reading

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Sand Forest Lodge Weekend Outing

Report by Cheryl Bevan 24 to 26 November 2017 For our last weekend outing for the year we went to Sand Forest Lodge in Hluhluwe . We had a great turn out – eleven in total. A few of us … Continue reading

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BirdLife Port Natal Fun Evening

The final indoor meeting of the year took place on 8 November 2017, in the form of a fun evening organised by Steve Davis. Eighteen members came along for the mystery competitions, which required no expert knowledge of birds at … Continue reading

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KwaXimba Conservancy Outing

KwaXimba Conservancy , Umgeni Valley Sunday 12 November 2017 Report by Dave Rimmer For the third year running numbers joining me on the BLPN outing to KwaXimba could be counted with less fingers on two hands. I’m not sure whether it’s … Continue reading

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Shongweni Dam Outing

Report By Elena Russell 4 November 2017 David Swanepoel took some lovely photos. He is a very good birder (from the Cape) – one day he could take over Saturday outings!!! Also some great photos from John Bremner and Mike … Continue reading

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Bisley Valley Outing

Report by Sandi du Preez and Elena Russell 22 October 2017 We had asked Ian Gordon from BirdLife KZN Midlands to join us on the outing as he is very familiar with the reserve and his birding skills are legendary! … Continue reading

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Paradise Valley Outing

Report by Lesley Frescura Wednesday 18 October The morning dawned with the promise of a beautiful day, and at 07.30 five intrepid birders – John, Sandi, Rani, Ros and Lesley met in the car park and made their way into … Continue reading

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Alverstone Outing

Saturday 7 October 2017 Report by Elena Russell It was an amazing morning. The mist did not lift till nearly 8 o’clock so the birding was spasmodic. We would hear a Dark-capped Bulbul and then a dark shape would fly … Continue reading

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Tanglewood Farm NR

Report by Elena Russell Saturday 2nd September 2017 Let’s not keep the best for last, on  Saturday we had two rarities!! Firstly the Ayre’s Hawk Eagle up on the grasslands being harassed by a Yellow billed Kite – we have … Continue reading

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SAPPI Stanger

3rd September 2017 Report by Rex Aspeling We started on a perfect Spring day with 8 BLPN members and 5 guests. The water level at the Tranquillity Bird Hide (SAPPI Stanger Bird Hide) was very high and reduced the mudflats … Continue reading

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