New Germany N.R. outing Wed 8th May.

New Germany N.R. outing Feedback.

8 people were blessed with perfect weather at New Germany N.R. this morning. Birding was not easy as the birds weren’t calling much and some were recorded on call only. Altogether we saw or heard 42 species, which is not bad for this time of the year.

Of special interest were about 6 lesser striped swallows (over-wintering?), a female Klaas’s cuckoo (this was a real challenge!), a pair of fiscal flycatchers, and the alligator (! !) at the hide dam which has been reported before.

Gill and I stayed on until about 12 o’clock  and we were able to add quite substantially to the species that were seen by the group.

“Working For Fire” seemed to be preparing for a burn of the grasslands soon, so I think that the reserve will be spectacular for wild flowers this coming Spring.
Anyone on the outing requiring the full list of birds seen is welcome to e-mail me  ( )

Sandi du Preez


Paradise Valley with Sandi du Preez

Wednesday 13 February. Paradise Valley with Sandi du Preez.  Meet at 07h30. Contact Sandi: Home – 031-7014839 Cell – 0733324431. We can beat the heat by walking through the forest next to the Umbilo River and looking out for wagtails, eagles, and all things in between. Bring tea for later. Meet outside the office. Directions: From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turn-off. (Exit 16). Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Road past the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the end of the road.  Note: there is a small entrance fee.