Category Archives: Activities

Umhlanga Lagoon NR Outing

Report by Jane Morris Sunday 17 March 2019 Dawned bright and clear and 21 members of BirdLife Port Natal gathered in the car park at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve to see what the day would bring forth in the … Continue reading

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New Germany NR

Report by Terry Walls Saturday 2nd March, 2019 An excellent morning for birding, overcast but not a breath of wind. About twenty birders arrived. It was encouraging to meet a number of new birders and also others who have not … Continue reading

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Jubilee Park

Report by Sandi du Preez 20 February 2019 There were 11 birders keen to see the Jubilee Park special – the Magpie Mannikins. In the reeds at the entrance the Thick-billed Weavers were diligently constructing their nests as usual. I … Continue reading

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Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Report by Jane Morris and Sandi du Preez 24 February 2019 Ten birders in total gathered for this new type activity, a group of 6 were sedentary and stayed close to their chairs and a group of 4 were the … Continue reading

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Korongo Valley Weekend

 Report by Jane Morris 8th to 10th February 2019 Korongo nestles in the rolling Ixopo hills and is the ideal spot for a bit of relaxation.  Our group of 9 consisted of Jackie and Roland Suhr, Cheryl and John Bevan, … Continue reading

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Notice of the 70th BirdLife Port Natal AGM: Saturday 16th February 2019

Members of BirdLife Port Natal are advised that the 70th Annual General Meeting of the club will be held at Palmiet Nature Reserve, Westville on Saturday 16th February 2019 at 14h00. This is the club’s 70th Anniversary year making it … Continue reading

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Umbogavango Nature Reserve Outing

Report by Adam Cruickshank Saturday 5 January 2019 On Saturday the 5th January, once we had done the necessary security checks at the gate, 19 people had turned up for the first club outing of the year. The skies were … Continue reading

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Outing to Paradise Valley

Wednesday 12 December Report by Sandi du Preez. Only 5 birders attended,  as I accidentally planned this outing on the same day as a Springside outing. It was very hot and birds were scarce and not calling, probably due to … Continue reading

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Springside Nature Reserve

Outing to Springside Nature Reserve Saturday 1st December, 2018 Report by Terry Walls The Springside Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 1948, is situated in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. It conserves 21 ha of forest, grassland and wetland, and is managed by the eThekwini … Continue reading

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Shongweni Outing.

Report by Elena Russell 3rd November 2018 Small turnout, 13, whether this was due to the uncertainty about Shongweni or the weather, which had been pretty awful during the week!! Access would appear to be no problem, security may still … Continue reading

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Alverstone Wildlife Park Outing

Report by Terry Walls Saturday 6 October 2018 Alverstone Wildlife Park is a 100 hectare nature reserve near Hillcrest, Durban, South Africa. The reserve was created in 1997 by a group of neighbouring landowners. The park has a diverse ecosystem, … Continue reading

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New Germany Nature Reserve Outing

Report by Sandi du Preez Wednesday 19 September The weather wasn’t great but 12 birders attended the outing and for once there were more males than females! The reserve is looking absolutely stunning at the moment as a portion of … Continue reading

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Tanglewood Farm NR Outing

Report by Elena Russell 1 September 2018 We had an excellent outing to Tanglewood. It was the first day of September, in other words Spring Day and the flowers were blooming all over the hillsides where the grass had been … Continue reading

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Durban Botanical Gardens

Report by Sandi du Preez 15 August 2018 Nine participants enjoyed a sunny, windless morning of birding. Just inside the entrance were some very cute juvenile Egyptian Geese being cared for by very attentive and devoted parents. We looked up … Continue reading

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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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