Category Archives: Activities

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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Weekend at Oribi Gorge.

 25th – 27th August 2017 Report by Jane Morris/Roseblade Oribi gorge always offers great birding with dramatic scenery thrown in for good measure and I for one was really looking forward to this weekend away.  Despite predictions of rain on … Continue reading

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News on the Wing found in Hillcrest/Waterfall

From: Elena Russell [mailto:elenarussell@telkomsa.net] Sent: 23 August 2017 01:48 PM To: David Allan Subject: FW: Wing Hi David The wing was found under a tree in my sister’s garden – Hillcrest/Waterfall area. There were also pheasant feathers (at least that’s … Continue reading

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Empisini Outing

Sunday 20 August 2017 Nine members and three visitors – some of the visitors got lost, a GPS does not always work but cell phones do and with a few judicious directions eventually everybody arrived. We had decided to walk … Continue reading

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Outing to Durban Botanical Gardens

 16 August 2017 Report by Sandi Du Preez The weather forecast looked bad – cloudy/rainy and gale-force winds. But 9 lucky birders were blessed with a glorious sunny, wind-free morning. Waiting at the entrance for everyone to arrive, we had … Continue reading

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Kenneth Stainbank Outing

Report by Elena Russell Saturday 5th August 2017 I hadn’t been to Stainbank for quite some time, I must have had a reason? Stainbank is superb – the sun was shining, sky of blue and the birds were everywhere. The … Continue reading

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New Germany Nature Reserve

Saturday 1 July 2017 Report by Elena Russell We had a good turnout and broke up into two groups – thanks to Oscar for leading the one group. The report is rather short as there were a number of photographers … Continue reading

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Outing to Pigeon Valley

Wednesday 14 June Report bu Sandi du Preez Six birders met outside the reservoir area on a a gloomy,cloudy morning. Crispin Hemson very kindly agreed to lead the outing, and as usual we really appreciated his extensive knowledge of the … Continue reading

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Palmiet Saturday 3rd June 2017

Report by Elena Russell Last year’s outing to Palmiet was cancelled due to heavy rain which made the river crossing impossible. Another year, another attempt. We had a good turnout mostly members and a couple of visitors. We had two … Continue reading

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Muntinzini Weekend away. 26-28 May 2017

Report by Cheryl Bevan Iris and Geoff Sear, David and Tanya Swanepoel and John and I arrived at Twin Streams on Friday afternoon and the first bird we saw was the Narina Trogon. What a start to our weekend. We gathered … Continue reading

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Umhlanga Lagoon 17th May 2017

Report by Sandi du Preez It was a great relief to be blessed with a beautiful sunny day after 5 days of rain. Thirteen birders attended the outing. The early arrivals saw the Black-throated Wattle-eye in a tree near the … Continue reading

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