The Cape Bird Club
Western Cape Raptor Research Programme
The CBC part funded this programme.
The task of monitoring the raptors in the Cape Peninsula is ENORMOUS, for the present team. We need more volunteers. All that is required is a passionate interest in observing birds, where you live and work, and the routes you travel to and from work or school.
Please let us know what you have seen, with as much detail as you can remember and – welcome to the wonderful world of raptors.
What needs doing.
The following number of nests in many different areas, have to be monitored regularly and gives one an idea of the vast distances that have to be covered, by this handful of dedicated people;
"Adopting a nest" near where you stay and become involved !!
Fish Eagle detectives required!!
Annual Raptor Survey – Harriers – Rob Simmons request
I am trying to mobilize a large work force to monitor as many nests as possible in 2009 for a national survey of breeding (July - Nov 2009). So please put this in your diaries now.
I would like you all to check on your local nests and visit two other areas where you suspect harriers may occur. Birds perched often on fence posts or tracks in the morning are all good signs of imminent nests. DO NOT disturb such birds but watch from a distance (150 m).
I will send more detailed instructions on what to look for closer to the time. thanks!
In the meantime you can hone your skills this year!
If anyone plans to get to the Northern Cape coast there is a lot of activity of Whistling Rats on the road that runs from Alex Bay to Port Nolloth. (they were literally running across the road)
Read more about why we need your help
Read more about the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme
Read about Lucia Rodrigues monitoring the Verreauxs (Black) Eagles
Read about Lucia Rodrigues monitoring the Jackal Buzzards
Read about Ann Koeslag monitoring the Zandvlei Fish Eagles
Read about Ann Koeslag's involvement and background with the project updated 12/08/2009
Read about Anthony van Zyl's involvement and background with the project
Read about Andrew Jenkins's involvement and background with the project
Read about Rob Simmons's involvement and background with the project
Read about this remarkable
migration of a Hobby
Falcon to southern Africa
The WCRRP are also involved with;
photograph by Ann
photograph by Ann
Juvenile Buzzard Spotted Eagle Owl
These are the principal co-ordinators of the programme.
If you find or know of an injured or sick raptor, below are the people to contact.
They are recognized Raptor rehabilitators in the Peninsula and adjacent areas;