Umbilo Ponds

12th December 2020 Lying in one of the southern suburbs of Durban, no more than a short fifteen minute drive from the city centre, unenclosed by fences and gates but fringed by an attractive surrounding of trees and lawns is what must be one of most unexpected and unsung of the city’s birding venues – Umbilo…

A Bluff Day

5th December 2020 This was my first experience at leading a walk and I was very keen to show off the Bluff and surrounds as it has produced some marvellous birds over the years and is – in my opinion – underexplored. Bluff Nature Reserve Despite the light rain and rather large explosion at the Refinery…

4M Birding Weekend trip report.

BLPN Members All! Manyoni Private Game Reserve is one of the largest (at 23 000ha) privately-owned reserves in Kwazulu-Natal, located on the west side of the N2 in the heart of Zululand, an area that is world renowned for its spectacular game viewing, and fast becoming a top birding destination for sought after KZN specials. A visit…

Jubilee Park sit-in

The 26th November 2020 dawned as an overcast and cloudy morning with a promise of rain but despite this saw six of us gather at Jubilee Park for a sit-in.  Jubilee is normally a well-manicured park but following the lovely summer rains we have been having in the highway area the grass was almost waist high…

BLPN Walk in Ronaldskloof

A group of 10 BLPN members plus the leader met around 6am on the 7th November at our (Mervyn Gans’) complex in Buckingham Rd, Kloof, undeterred by the prospect of rain.  Although it had been raining hard in Westville, we were lucky with the weather.  The rain held off, turning into perfect weather for birding. We entered…