Category Archives: Reports

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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Sobhengu

Report by Paul and Sally Bartho 9 to 16 June 2017 Dave and Jenny Rix invited us to join them for a week at Sobhengu timeshare. Mike and Jane Roseblade and Cecil and Jenny Fenwick also came along. Sobhengu is … 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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Mannikin Meander

Report by Jane and Mike Roseblade Sunday 21st May dawned calm and clear, typical balmy May weather, as 9 of us gathered at the Westville Civic Centre in the hopes of nailing all three Mannikins – Bronze, Red-backed and Magpie … Continue reading

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Shongweni Outing Sat 6th May

Short report on Saturday’s outing to Shongweni. Elena Russell We had lovely weather, a bit cool to start but soon warmed up nicely. A good turnout, there were some faces that we have not seen on a Saturday outing for … Continue reading

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Illovo bird walk

Report by John Bremner Saturday 29th April 2017 Adam Cruickshank is organizing a Bird Day for July to raise awareness of Birding as a pastime as well as its valuable contribution towards conservation. We were asked, as a committee, to … Continue reading

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Darvill Water Purification Plant Petermaritzburg

 Sunday 23rd April 2017 By John Bremner Ten keen birders arrived at the waterworks at 7 am to be greeted with a heavy mist settled over the ponds, it was 11 deg C on my car’s temperature gauge, welcome to … Continue reading

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Zululand

Report by Paul and Sally Bartho 1st to 5th April 2017 Following the report of a White-throated Bee-eater in Hluhluwe, Sally and I made an impulsive decision to see if we could find it. We decided to camp in Bonamanzi … Continue reading

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Durban Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens – Saturday 1 April 2017 Elena Russell I arrived about a minute too late to see a Black Sparrowhawk take a Red-eyed Dove over the parking area – only John and Ismail were the ‘early birds’ who got … Continue reading

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