The Cape Bird Club


Who are the Conservation Committee, what do we do?    updated 19/01/2011



08/03/2010 - An issue which everyone can play a roll. It is being responsible for our own waste disposal and caring to educate those who should be more aware. The following are some of the consequences to the innocent wildlife in "our" water courses and along "our" coastal shoreline.

03/03/2010 - Evanne Rothwell reports " We (Terry and I) are SANCCOB volunteers and were called out to Fish Hoek beach a week ago to collect a Cape Gannet that had been found floating in the sea with a broken beak. The vet at SANCCOB said there was no way it could be rehabilitated, so it was euthanaised by a local vet. When I went to collect the box I saw the broken beak and took it out to have a look. There was a piece of string so tight around the bottom beak that it had cut off the larynx and tongue. The poor bird must have dived into floating litter and got tied up. How long it had been alive with this condition I donít know - there was very little tissue left by this time. I was not able to photograph the head of the Gannet, but do have a photo of the skull showing how much beak was broken off by the string.

photograph by Terry Rothwell

The distinctive and striking Cape Gannet.

photograph by Terry Rothwell

A Gannet skull with the severed lower beak below.

It really upsets me to see the result of so much littering, and I feel that we, as a caring public, parents and teachers could be doing so much more to recycle and teach our children not to litter. We also picked up a Cormorant on the beach with a plastic ring from a milk bottle or cool drink bottle through its mouth and round itís neck. What a horrid way to die! These plastic rings could be so easily cut in the kitchen when you are finished with the bottle. This way they cannot be a danger to any wild life. Letís all do our own little bit to prevent these senseless deaths Ė every little bit helps!

photograph by Terry Rothwell

Reed Cormorant with the milk bottle ring necklace.

I also have photos of an Southern Fulmar (Atlantic Fulmar), a rare bird to our shores, that was collected off Clovelly beach. It unfortunately died during the night".

photograph by Terry Rothwell

The Southern Fulmar.

photograph by Terry Rothwell

The Southern Fulmar being made comfortable.

08/12/2009 - Alice Ashwell writes "In a poignant reminder of the fact that pollution kills, Pat Garratt was paddling this week and came across this Darter hanging dead in a tree near the top of Zandvlei. I once managed to catch a Darter that had speared a sock and cut it off its beak (which has backward-pointing barbs on it that makes it impossible for the bird to dislodge something woven). In this case what looks like a bandage not only got stuck on the bird's beak but then got tangled in the branch of the tree. What a desperate way to go.
Please think twice about dropping litter and remind anyone else who does.

photograph by Alice Ashwell                                             photograph by Alice Ashwell

A Darter hanging by its beak caught up in "a piece woven material" which is snagged in a tree branch.

11 January 2010 - It was decided to start the year with a meeting in January at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve and we used the "new" tearoom for the meeting, before having a braai supper. Dalton Gibbs together with his daughter Kia was the "braai master" while we had the meeting.

The meeting in progress overlooking the wetlands    We initially setup outside the tearoom around the
What a wonderful setting.                                       braai.

The wind was blowing as it does at this time             This is what was on the fire.
of the year, so we moved into the boma.
back l - r Dave, Frank, Suretha, Isabella, Clifford,
front l - r  Kia, Dalton and Felicity.

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