The Cape Bird Club


photograph by Mathew Orolowitz

Ground Woodpecker.





We are planning a weekend camp at the municipal chalets in Swellendam for the long weekend from Friday 18 to Monday 21 March 2011 (3 nights). A notice will appear in the February issue of Promerops, but this will be very short notice for bookings and we need to be fully booked to cover our costs.
Swellendam has always been a popular venue with birders. There is excellent birding in the camp and we also plan visits to Bontebok National Park and to Grootvadersbos. The chalets sleep four, so you can make up your own party of four or you can come alone and you will be allocated a chalet to share. They are all fully equipped for self-catering, with bedding and towels supplied. Just bring your own food and drinks.

Cost: R300 per person for the three nights. Anne Gray has negotiated a very good price - in fact an unrepeatable bargain, so donít miss out!

Please book without delay by contacting John Magner on  or 
Cell 082 881 3845.
Campers can also be accommodated, so let John know if you prefer to camp.




4 December - Toyota Birding Big Day with the Cape Flat Bird Club at Edith Stephens.
27 November - Birding Big Day
11 - 15 October - The Save  Our Seabirds (S.O.S.) Festival
1 - 3 October -
Standford Bird Festival.
21 September - launch of Birds of Africa, south of the Sahara, authors Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.
27 - 29 August - Steenbras River Mouth. 

The Sasol / SA Birdlife National Birdweek took place during the first week of May.

photograph by Sally Hey                                                              photograph by Sally Hey

Observing the Guineafowl.                                      Looking for birds in the Fynbos garden.

The Cape Bird Club effort towards the Bird Week was to financially assist children from an underpriviledged school to be bussed to the Goldfields EE Centre during that week to attend the programme.

The school we assisted was the Luleka Primary School. We received some photographs of the children, from the education staff, with their thank you e-mail.
A total of 457 children attended the Gold Fields Bird Week Education Programme.

Anne Gray received this (edited) email;

Dear Anne,
               Thank you to you and the Cape Bird Club for your support of the Bird Week programme held at Kirstenbosch at the start of May.
We appreciated the extra posters and workbooks very much, as we are indeed very grateful for your support of our poorest schools.
I am attaching some photos of Luleka Primary, whose Grade 7's benefitted from your sponsorship during bird week.

Sally Hey

Principal Environmental Education Officer
Gold Fields EE Centre, Kirstenbosch.

photograph by Sally Hey                                                             photograph by Sally Hey

The children checking identities on the bird chart.    The children listening to the bird calls in the forest.

photograph by Margaret Mac Iver

Sunrise from the patio.

Fri 5 - Sun 7 March  Weekend camp at Velddrif by Margaret Mac Iver.


Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 27 March  The Kirstenbosch Biodiversity Show.

27 March - 7 April 2010 - Eastern Cape Birding Camp to the Karoo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Wilderness National Park.

Previous events

Events in 2010.

Events in 2009.

Events in 2008.

Events in 2007.

Events in 2006.

Events in 2005.

Events in 2004.


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