BirdLife Port Natal

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

Burman Bush Outing

Saturday March 4th 2017 Report by Elena Russell Short report on Saturday’s outing. The weather was hot and humid – a louring dark grey sky that made you wish for rain to cool things down but only once… Read More

Umbogavango : Saturday 4 February 2017

Report by Elena Russell It was a hot, hot day even at 06:00 but then so was the birding – turned out to be a most enjoyable morning’s birding. In the security parking area there were Violet-backed Starlings,… Read More

Saturday 7 January 2017 : Bluff Nature Reserve

Report by Elena Russell I left home in heavy drizzle which lifted a little near Queensburgh but by the time I hit the Bluff it was heavy drizzle again.  The dog’s chances of a walk in heavy drizzle… Read More

Shongweni 5th November 2016

Report by Elena Russell Shongweni never ceases to amaze.  I arrived just before 6am on a very gloomy day – the mist lay heavy in the valley and I thought nobody was going to pitch but in the… Read More


Alverstone Outing Report Saturday 1 October 2016.   Elena Russell Our outing to Alverstone was marred by rather cold and damp conditions with drizzle at times but the Saturday Chat Show must go on and 11 of us… Read More

Tanglewood Farm Nature Reserve

Saturday Outing to Tanglewood Farm NR 3 September 2016 We had an excellent turnout – the weather could have been a bit better but the cool/slightly overcast sky made walking very pleasant. Our bird count was in the… Read More

Oribi Gorge Outing

Report by Elena Russell. 16th and 17th July 2016 Jenny Norman and I drove down early on Saturday morning to Oribi Gorge.  We met up with Sally, Paul and Mike White at the cane loading zone where we… Read More

Pigeon Valley Outing

Report by Elena Russell We had a very good turnout for Saturday’s outing to Pigeon Valley – always with the expectation of sightings of the Spotted Ground Thrush and we were not disappointed. We had also heard about… Read More

Palmiet Saturday Outing

Report by Elena Russell Palmiet was a wash-out but great pics of the raging Palmiet! The Saturday outing to the Palmiet Nature Reserve was rained out. I drove through Westville in pouring rain which eased off slightly as I… Read More

Bluff Nature Reserve

Report by Elena Russell Saturday 2 April 2016 The Saturday outing to the Bluff Nature Reserve was not washed out – a steady drizzle sometimes light & sometime heavy did not deter us – were we downhearted –… Read More

Burman Bush Outing

Saturday 5 February 2016 Elena Russell We had an excellent turnout and split up into 3 groups – many thanks to Rex Aspeling and Sandi du Preez for leading two of the groups.   It was a lovely day… Read More

Shongweni 2nd January 2016

Report by Elena Russell. Again we had an early start 05:30 – according to the weather forecast we were in for a very hot day but it turned out very pleasant with a lot of cloud cover which… Read More

Christmas Outing to Springside NR

Report by Elena Russell Saturday 5 December 2015 Photos by Frankie Berghorst A very short report on our rainy ‘Christmas’ outing! As I drove up Field’s Hill in a very hard drizzle which turned into thick mist as… Read More

Saturday 5 December. Springside with Elena Russell.

Saturday 5 December. Springside with Elena Russell. Please confirm attendance, meeting time and place.: Tel: 031 705 2902; email More details to follow. Here are some further details for the December ‘Christmas’ outing to Springside on SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER… Read More


Report by Elena Russell Saturday 7 November 2015 We had a reasonably early start! 06:00 but there was still a good turnout of 18 members and our bird count was 73.  Click here to see the list. I… Read More

Tanglewood Farm Nature Reserve

Report by: Elena Russell Saturday 3 October 2015 Last year it took us 3 attempts to bird Tanglewood Farm Nature Rerserve before we had decent weather. This year we had a perfect sunny day, the hillside had been… Read More

Durban Botanical Gardens

Saturday 5 September Report by Elna Russell There were about 14 members and 2 non-members – also a few late comers.   Our bird count at tea was 52 and Sandi and Ros who stayed on longer picked up… Read More