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OUTINGS

We’d love you to join one of our upcoming outings.

The Club runs regular outings, field trips, usually three or four every month. These can be half-day or full-day and are often to places closed to the public. This is a good way to meet new members and to get to different habitats with different birds.

Weekend outings usually take place on the first Saturday and the third Sunday each month. A weekday outing is either Tuesdays or Thursdays. See the calendar below for full details, or as published in Promerops.

Ad hoc outings do occur, these are advertised through our emailed newsletter. To receive the newsletter, sign-up via the website, details are at the foot of the home page.

Upcoming

Have a look at the outings that are coming up in our events calendar

Remember to sign-up for our enewsletter, to get up-to-date information on any ad hoc outings that might take place.

SEE BELOW FOR REPORTS OF SOME PAST OUTINGS

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today are Felicity Ellmore. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing Soetwater Enviro Centre – Led by Linda Hibbin – 01 November 2022.

Outing to the Soetwater Enviro Centre, Kommetjie. 01 November 2022 – Led by Linda Hibbin.     Soetwater is a seaside camping and picnic resort just south of Slangkop lighthouse on the Atlantic side of the Peninsula. It is also home to the Soetwater Environmental Education Centre run by Lappies Labuschagne, a wonderful facility for children to learn about nature. This was the venue for a weekday outing in November 2020 and proved so popular that we have returned several times since. The South Easter was blowing a gale across the southern Peninsula on the last day of October and … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Outing – Farewell the Waders at Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast National Park Leader: Mel Tripp.

The gates open at 07h00. Meet at 07h15 at the Geelbek Homestead car park. Remember your Wild Card so that you do not have to pay the entrance fee. Catching the tides at the right time is crucial for optimum viewing of waders at the Langebaan Lagoon. We will start by doing some bush birding on the way to Seeberg hide before returning to Geelbek by 13h00. Abrahamskraal or Tsaarsbank can be done after lunch. We suggest you share transport and allow for a full day’s outing. Bring chairs and refreshments.    

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Cape Bird Club.

  Don’t miss your club’s AGM where your Chairman and Treasurer will deliver their annual reports and voting will take place for your 2023/2024 Committee.                                                        Let the birds talk! After the business of the evening Patrick (Paddy) Riley will share with us some delightful videos he has made highlighting bird behaviours and calls. Patrick is the person who looks after the audio-visual equipment at our evening meetings. He is an accomplished photographer and enjoys the technicalities of producing videos. Venue: To be announced in the eNewsletter and on Facebook.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Clovelly wetlands and surrounds. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 09h00 at the parking area opposite the Community Hall at the beginning of Clovelly Road. We will walk from the parking area in a circular route around the wetland and, time permitting, around the lower area of the suburb. Directions: From the Main Road between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek turn into Clovelly Road. The parking area is to the left of the road a short distance from the robots.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – D’Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville Leader: Gerald Wingate.

Meet at: 08h00. Address: M13 (Racecourse Rd) Durbanville, GPS: Springfield Farm 33° 50’26”S 18°36’38”E. This is a small wine estate that has a number of different habitats so one can expect to see a good variety of birds. Directions: Travelling on the N1, take the M16 (Jip de Jager) left at the Karl Bremer junction. Continue on this road then turn left onto the M31 and then left again onto the M13. Continue to D’Aria Wine Estate on the left.

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Evening Meeting: African Penguin conservation at BirdLife SA. Speakers: Christina Hagen and Tegan Carpenter-Kling.

BirdLife South Africa is working hard on several fronts to conserve the Endangered African Penguin. Tegan and Christina will share some of their work on this iconic species. They have been tracking African Penguins during the important post-breeding and pre-moult periods since 2012. Tegan will talk about the results of this work shedding light on the movements of African Penguins and how this is being used to advocate for better protection of their foraging areas. In an innovative attempt to conserve penguins, the Birdlife South Africa team led by Christina has also been working to re- establish a breeding colony … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – False Bay Nature Reserve – Strandfontein Leader: Graham Pringle.

Meet at 08h00 at the first painted building before the start of the pans. We will concentrate on the many water birds, especially the waders. The outing will last about 3 hours. Bring tea/coffee and snacks. Entrance is free.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Bird Count.

Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

OUTING – Macassar Dunes Conservation Area (New venue). Joel Radue and CoCT Interns.

Meet at 08h00. The Macassar Dunes Conservation Area is 1116ha in size and is one of the 24 official City of Cape Town Nature Reserves within the metropole. The vegetation consists of Cape Flats Dune Strandveld. We can expect to see bush birds, waders, and shorebirds. Directions: From the N2 take exit 38. At the junction turn right onto the M9/Macassar Road towards Firgrove. Turn left onto Tie Road, cross the bridge over the Eerste River and follow the road past the waterworks to the parking area at the coast, where we meet. Bring refreshments and chairs.    

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. If you are new to birding, I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars, it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

OUTING – Kirstenhof Wetland Nature Walk. Leader: Daryl de Beer.

Meet at: 08h00. We will take a walk along the rehabilitated wetland section of the Westlake River in Kirstenhof. This wetland is part of the City of Cape Town’s Living Urban Waterways Project. This is a new venue. Bring chairs and refreshments. Directions: Take the M4 (Main Road) towards Retreat/Muizenberg. Turn right at the traffic lights into Pollsmoor Road/Kirstenhof. After about 900m turn left into The Sanctuary Road. Turn right to the parking area where we will meet. This is outside WESSA.  

Evening Meeting: the annual Pelican Watch on Malgas and Jutten Islands. Speakers – Mike and Beverley Moll.

Unfortunately, our scheduled presenter, Garret Skead, will be away in January so his talk is postponed until later in the year. January’s talk will now be presented by Mike and Beverley Moll. Their topic will be the annual Pelican Watch on Malgas and Jutten Islands, the major objective of which is to chase away the pelicans which predate on the Cape Gannet and Cape Cormorant eggs and chicks. The Watch is done largely by volunteers under the guidance of WCNP and the West Coast Honorary Rangers. This promises to be a VERY interesting talk, so do not miss it on … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

Come and help count the birds, it is a large area and teams are required for the various areas. See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Kirstenbosch Gardens Walk and Picnic Leader: Penny Dichmont.

  Meet at 08h00 outside Gate 2 (where the plant nursery is). We round off the year with a walk in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens followed by a picnic brunch. We will explore the gardens for about three hours and then meet on the grassy patch above the “mannikin pond” to socialise and enjoy a picnic. We hope that you will be able to join us. It will also be hot – so bring a sun hat and water with you.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Annual Celebration & Quiz Evening.

Quiz Master: Mike Buckham. Meet at 19h00. Specific details will be advertised in the eNewsletter, on the CBC Facebook page, and on the website. It is a wonderful evening of teamwork and camaraderie, of testing your knowledge and of learning something you did not know before. Make sure you join in the fun! You can either make up your own group (4 – 5 people) or you will be assigned to a group when you arrive. Bring your own picnic to have on the lawn in front of the Pavilion while we wait for it to get dark enough to … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Grootboschkloof Trail (Constantia Greenbelt). Leader: Daryl de Beer.

Meet at 09h00. This stretch of open land in Constantia has a variety of vegetation. Some areas have been re-planted with indigenous flora, most of which has survived the severe drought. At the start of the walk is a 350m 2 biodiversity mandala with plants that attract dragonflies, butterflies, and bugs. The natural fynbos provides a walking corridor along a stream and wetland area and tall trees provide some forest birding. We hope to see, among others, sunbirds, waxbills, white-eyes, bulbuls, Brimstone Canaries and hopefully the Black Sparrowhawks that nest here each year. Please try and carry your refreshments in … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Note: the BIRP which would have taken place on 06 November 2022, will now take place instead on 30 October 2022.

Outing to Kenilworth Racecourse Nature Reserve – Led by Safiyyah Hattas – 20 October 2022.

Kenilworth Racecourse Nature Reserve 20 October 2020 - Leader Safiyyah Hattas (KRCA Intern). A group of twelve hikers met next to the racecourse offices at 8.30 a.m. on the 20th October. The group included a mixture of regular attendees, new members of the club, and a couple who live nearby but are not members of the CBC. For most, it was the first time to walk here. One of the KRCA interns, Safiyyah Hattas, gave a very interesting introduction before we set off. We were also joined by three learnership students, employed by Nature Connect, formerly CTEET. As on our … Continued

Outing to Keurbos Bird Reserve, Elgin – 09 October 2022 – Led by Carin Malan.

Keurbos Bird Reserve. 09 October 2022 Leader Carin Malan.   After a successful outing in May this year, we headed back to Jessie Walton's Apple Farm in Elgin, for a Sunday outing. The morning weather was perfect, and remained so throughout the day for that matter. We started at the dam, making our way to the hide that overlooked the dam at the heronry. We then continued around the dam, spotting many Black-crowned Night Herons, Bar-throated Apalis. Shortly afterwards, three Little Bitterns popped out from the reeds, giving good visuals. Just before we left the dam we saw a female … Continued

A Cape Bird Club members trip to Makuleke, Kruger National Park – 29 September to 02 October 2022.

Makuleke, Kruger National Park. 29 September to 02 October 2022.   When an email was received in November 2021 inviting bird clubs to take advantage of a special offer to spend 3 nights at the EcoTraining camp in the Makuleke Concession I immediately booked the second last week-end in the list of dates made available. Jumping in head first without a life jacket, let alone a raft, is a risk that comes with a whole host of anxieties, the main one being would I be able to get 19 other people to join me on what sounded like a wonderful … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today are Penny Dichmont. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Half day course – LBJ’s of the Western Cape

Presented by Daniel Engelbrecht. Starting time is 8.30 for 9.00 am Fee: Members Adults R 120.00 Seniors & students R 100.00 Non-members Adults R 140.00 Seniors and students R 120.00 Learners 18 years and under R 80.00 Contact Judith Crosswell on islayjudith@gmail.com if you wish to attend  

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today are Gigi Laidler. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Sunbird Centre, Noordhoek – 06 September 2022. Led by Gillian Barnes.

Outing to the Sunbird Centre, Noordhoek. 06 September 2022. Leader Gillian Barnes. It is always a bit of a gamble to have an outing at this time of year as it could rain on the day. The venue has been used for several years in the first half of September and we have been fortunate every time to have had a perfect day in between periods of rain. Six of us gathered in the parking place. As it had rained on the previous day, the grass was rather long and there were a lot of ticks around, so I decided … Continued

Outing Succulent Workshop with Alison James – 04 August 2022.

Outing - Succulent Workshop. 04 August 2022 –  with Alison James.     On Thursday, 4th August 2022, Alison James facilitated a most interesting, informative and reassuringly "informal" workshop at her home on the slopes of the Simon'sberg. The topic pursued was about the specialised relationship between succulent plants and birds and the miracle of pollination which ensues, an integral link in the chain of life. We were given sheets of notes, there were plant specimens from her garden on the table and also various books from her library to peruse. Photo: Lynette de Beer From the first step upwards … Continued

Outing to Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens on 21 August 2022. Led by John Magner.

Outing to Rooi Els and the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. 21 August 2022. Leader John Magner.   Two of our young birders share their experiences of this outing. An early morning start saw us heading off to Rooi Els to meet up with the CBC. Along Clarence Drive we came across baboons on the road as well as a Cape Rock Thrush sitting quietly on a rock. When we arrived, we saw Penny and Mike Buckham looking through a scope out to sea. They were looking at a Shy Albatross. Mike let me look through his scope and I saw … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leaders today are Joel Radue. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leaders today are Pat Thompson and Sue Lindsey. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Strand – Led by Daryl & Lynette de Beer – 17 July 2022.

Outing to the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Strand. 17 July –  Leaders Daryl and Lynette de Beer.     A cool Sunday 17th July, saw a group of 14 birders meeting for the outing. Having been warned that the de Beers had done a pre-meeting recce with somewhat disappointing results, we made our way into Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, passing over the Lourens River. It had obviously recently been in flood and it was sad to see just how much rubbish had been carried down, the bulk of it, unfortunately, probably ultimately ending up the sea. If only people weren’t … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Cape Flats Nature Reserve, UWC. Leader: Dennis Laidler.

Meet at 08h00.    The 30ha Cape Flats Nature Reserve and Provincial Heritage Site is a private nature reserve under the administration of the University of the Western Cape, first created as a refuge for Strandveld and Coastal Fynbos. It now functions as a base for ecological training, environmental education, and research and provides a natural space for the public to enjoy. It hosts dozens of species of birds such as Black-winged Kite, Spotted Thick-knee, cisticolas, mousebirds, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Cape Siskin, and a variety of water birds. You will need to carry your refreshments with you. Directions: From Cape Town … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Evening Meeting: Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust. Speaker: Dr Odette Curtis-Scott.

Dr Odette Curtis-Scott is the Director of the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust. She will be talking about the work of the Trust over the last 10 years – conserving habitats for our unique biodiversity (including the Endangered Black Harrier). Meet at 19h30 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.  

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Soetwater Environmental Education Centre Leader: Linda Hibbin.

Meet at 09h00.   Soetwater is a protected natural coastal region. The rocky shores, vegetated dune system, fynbos, and mountain slopes provide a paradise for coastal birds, including cormorants, plovers, oystercatchers, and whimbrels, as well as terrestrial birds such as robins, francolins, weavers, kites and buzzards. At the Environmental Education Centre we shall meet Lappies Labuschagne who will introduce us to what we can expect to find at the reserve. Bring along your refreshments. Directions: Follow Kommetjie Road to the Slangkop Road turnoff, (just past Ocean View, on the left). Turn left and follow Slangkop Road to the stop street. … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Bird Count.

Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area Leader: Dave Whitelaw

Meet at 08h30. The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA) consists of 52ha in the centre of the racecourse, and is regarded as the best example of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos remaining in the Cape Peninsula. It is one of the largest stretches of natural vegetation remaining in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and hosts more than 300 indigenous plant species of which 34 are considered to be threatened with extinction. Many of these rare species are endemic to Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. Besides being botanically important, it also hosts 11 amphibians, including 3 highly endangered endemic frogs, at least 17 reptile … Continued

Evening Meeting: Topic: Birds and beaches in Brazil

Please note: the change of venue to Novalis Ubuntu Institute, Wynberg. Meet at 19h30 at the Novalis Ubuntu Institute, 39 Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg Speaker: Mike Buckham Mike Buckham shares some of his photos and experiences from a family road-trip in the south-eastern Atlantic Forests and beaches of Brazil.  With beautiful scenery and matching beautiful birds, many of which are endemic and endangered due to the massive reduction in these forests, there will be plenty of photos and great adventures along the way. The You Tube recording of Mike Buckham’s October talk.

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. If you are new to birding, I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars, it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Outing – Keurbos Bird Reserve, Elgin. Leader: Carin Malan.

Meet at 08h00. Our leader, Carin Malan, is a keen bird photographer and, as an active committee member of BirdLife Overberg, she knows this area well. Keurbos is Jessie Walton’s apple farm and nursery. Jessie has established an indigenous garden enjoyed by people and birds. She has a passion for rescuing injured and baby birds and assisting them back into the wild. There is a lovely wetland where Jessie has constructed a hide at one of the ponds and this is where we will start birding. Bring your own refreshments. Directions: Take the N1 from Cape Town towards Somerset West … Continued

Strandfontein Count.

Come and help count the birds, it is a large area and teams are required for the various areas. See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Ganzekraal Nature Reserve Leader: Gigi Laidler.

Meet at 08h00. Ganzekraal is a Cape Nature Reserve on the R27 that has recently been proclaimed. It covers a large area inland as far as Mamre, but most of it is not accessible to the public at the moment. We will be walking in the coastal section of the reserve, which will allow us to see a variety of coastal and terrestrial birds. This year the walk is at the end of the spring flower season, but that means we should see some different bird species compared to other years. We access the area through the Ganzekraal Resort and … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help our core group, clear seedlings, saplings and cut down trees too. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Members’ Photographic Evening.

Meet at 19h30 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Members are invited to show a selection of 3-10 of their best photos of birds and to tell the story behind them. They can be ‘stand-alone’ photos or a series of photos telling one story. The story may describe the depicted characteristics or behaviour of the bird(s) or it may relate the circumstances in which you managed to take the photo. The timing of your presentation is important – each photographer will have just 6 minutes to talk to their own photographs. If you would like … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Sunbird Centre, Silvermine Nature Reserve. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 08h30 at the Sunbird Centre. The walking trail follows the middle section of the Silvermine River at the western end of Kleintuin mountain. We can expect to see a number of fynbos endemics such as Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin. Other species include Bar- throated Apalis, Cape Grassbird, Cape Robin-chat, Jackal Buzzard, Southern Boubou, and Bokmakierie. Directions: Travel along Ou Kaapse Weg towards Fish Hoek until you see Silvermine Retirement Village / Noordhoek Manor / Silvermine Road on your right. Turn left here and drive through a boom gate and down the road. Park on the grass … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.   These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Garden Leader: John Magner

Meet at 08h30 in the parking area outside the Rooi Els restaurant/ shopping centre. We will walk along the gravel road at Rooi Els to look for Cape Rockjumpers, Ground Woodpeckers, and (hopefully!) a Sentinel Rock Thrush. We will then visit the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Garden (a small entrance fee is payable unless you are a member of the Botanical Society, so remember your membership card). This garden is one of the best places to find the elusive Victorin’s Warbler and other endemics such as Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, and Cape Siskin. Bring tea and snacks. Directions: From Cape … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Evening Meeting: Flock to Marion 2022 – In Search of Seabirds. Speaker: Otto Schmidt.

Meet at 19h30 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. After a year’s postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 1500 eager birders set off from Cape Town on 24 January 2022 on an 8-day/7-night cruise to the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean in search of seabirds, and also to raise awareness (and funding) for the proposed eradication of house mice on Marion Island. Otto’s presentation covers this third cruise organised by BirdLife South Africa. He shares with us something of life on board the huge MSC Orchestra as well as photographs (taken by him … Continued

OUTING – Two Rivers Urban Park Leader: Otto Schmidt.

Meet at 09h00. We will start birding along the Liesbeek River opposite Hartleyvale Stadium, including the temporary wetlands. We may see Giant, Pied, and Malachite Kingfishers, African Black Duck, and maybe even be a Grey-headed Gull. We will then visit the bird hide at the SA Astronomical Observatory which overlooks a temporary wetland area at the junction of the Black and Liesbeek Rivers. This wetland should be full at this time of the year and species seen here in the past include Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Greater Flamingo, White-faced Whistling Duck, Blue-billed Teal and White- backed Duck. Bring tea/coffee and … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    Note the winter starting time. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

OUTING – Succulent Workshop Facilitator: Alison James.

Workshop duration: 10h00 – 12h30.   Maximum 16 participants.   RSVP required. NB. Email: alisondougjames@gmail.com to book your place. Workshop duration: 10h00 – 12h30.     Maximum 16 participants. RSVP required. This is an outing with a difference! Following the great success of this event last year, Alison will once again host a workshop on succulent plants. Come and learn how to make your garden more drought resistant. Participants will receive notes on the plants that Alison introduces. She will include some succulents that attract birds. There will be a tour of her garden followed by tea and question time. Each participant … Continued

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Daryl de Beer. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Cape Point National Reserve – 12 June 2022. Led by Joel Radue.

Outing to Cape Point National Reserve. 12 June 2022. Leader Joel Radue.   On 12 June, a sizable group of birders met at the entrance gate to Cape Point. While we were waiting for everyone to arrive, we saw Orange-breasted Sunbirds and Cape Sugarbirds. From there we headed down to Cape of Good Hope to do the sea watch, navigating past a troop of Chacma Baboons on the way there. The conditions were not ideal as the wind was blowing offshore but we were still able to see a fair number of species, albeit distantly. There were many White-chinned Petrels … Continued

Outing to Wildevoelvlei and Kommetjie – 02 June 2022.

Outing to Wildevoelvlei and Kommetjie - 02 June 2022. I was a bit nervous about this outing being in winter as my previous outing to the Clovelly Wetlands in summer had to be cancelled due to rain, but Thursday 2nd of June was as perfect a day as anyone could have wished for – cool and no wind with high clouds keeping the sun’s glare off the mirror-like settling ponds. Marilyn Metcalf and I were joined by seventeen other keen birders, some old stalwarts, but it was good to welcome several new club members. Wildevoëlvlei is where Marilyn and I, … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Dennis Laidler. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

OUTING – CBC BIOBLITZ at the Soetwater Environmental Education Centre. Leader: Gigi Laidler

Meet at 08h00.   You are invited to take part in the 2022 City Nature Challenge which runs from 29 April – 2 May 2022 by making observations of wild plants, animals including birds and fungi within the City of Cape Town. The Cape Bird Club is planning a “Bioblitz” event at Soetwater Environmental Education Centre in Kommetjie where there is a range of habitats to search for different plants and animals. The event will start at 8am and will end at 12 noon. This is YOUR chance to help map the biodiversity found within our city’s reserves and parks. … Continued

CAMP – Grootvadersbosch Camp 16 – 19 June 2022.

After a long hiatus, we are excited to announce that we are planning a camp for Cape Bird Club members for the long weekend in June (Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 June) to Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve near Heidelberg. Many of you will be familiar with this little gem of nature reserve, and for newcomers it will be a lovely surprise. Bookings to Gigi Laidler to gigi.laidler@gmail.com

Outing to Keurbos Bird Reserve, Elgin, 24 April 2022 – Led by Carin Malan and Jessie Walton.

Keurbos Bird Reserve. 24 April 2022 Leaders Carin Malan and Jessie Walton.       The first cold day of autumn/winter coincided with our arrival at Keurbos Nature Reserve, outside Elgin. The morning was soon warmed up by the smiling welcome of our leader, Carin Malan, and shortly afterwards by Jessie Walton on her farm-mobile, suitably equipped with front basket full of trailing plant cuttings and a rear trough filled with spades, other trimming tools and a few more plants. And sitting next to her on the seat were her two constant companions, Milla the black poodle-doodle sitting up as … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Felicity Ellmore. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, 07 April 2022 – Led by John Magner.

Spier Wine Estate 07 April 2022 Leader John Magner.   On Thursday 7th April 24 birders (including visitors from Gauteng and the Somerset West Bird Club) arrived at the Spier parking lot to find it was an unexpectedly dull day. My particular party was about 5 minutes late due to an accident on the N2 highway. By the time we joined the others, who were waiting for us at the pond, they already had 14 species under the belt. We were sad to see a dead Sacred Ibis hanging in a tree. One wonders how it ended up like that. … Continued

Outing Farewell to the Waders, West Coast National Park – 20 March 2022 Led by Mel Tripp.

Farewell to the Waders, West Coast National Park. 20 March 2022. Leader Mel Tripp.     This, now-traditional, outing to bid farewell to the migrant waders of Langebaan Lagoon, took place a little later than previous years. Fortunately there were still good numbers of several species, with some of the Curlew Sandpipers and Grey Plovers showing full breeding plumage. This was a good opportunity, particularly for new birders, to see the variation in plumage from the dull greys of non breeding through to the lovely brick red underparts of the The Geelbek hide was almost bursting at the seams with … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Count Bird Count.

Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

OUTING – Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary Leader: Daryl de Beer

Meet at: 08h30. This wetland, which is situated close to the Lourens River, was once a waste – water treatment works, however the 25 acres now enjoy conservation initiatives that maintain its natural wetland status. Directions: From the N2 take the Broadway Boulevard glide-off. At the traffic lights turn right onto Broadway Boulevard. Cross the freeway and continue for some time, passing the Strand Golf Club and Dick Dent on your right. At the Da Gama street traffic lights, turn right and then right again into Jennings Street. Continue to the T-junction at the end of Jennings Street. Turn right … Continued

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars, it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Athlone CWAC Count.

NB CHANGE OF VENUE!! Evening Meeting: Magical Makuleke. Speaker: Jonathan Hemp.

Marje and Jonathan Hemp first visited northern Kruger in 1991, and have returned fairly regularly since. In both 2020 and 2021 they tackled BirdLife SA’s Birding Big Day from the EcoTraining camp in Makuleke, the Conservancy bounded by the Luvuvhu River in the south and the Limpopo River in the north, also known as the Pafuri Triangle. It is arguably the best birding area in Kruger, with remarkably diverse habitats and specials such as Pel’s Fishing Owl, Arnot’s Chat, Racket-tailed Roller, Black- throated Wattle-eye, Böhm’s Spinetail, Tropical Boubou, and Crested Guineafowl. The talk will cover some of the fascinating history, … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

Come and help count the birds, it is a large area and teams are required for the various areas. See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – SANCCOB … something different! Liaison: Lynette de Beer.

We will be visiting the SANCCOB centre in Table View and we have booked two tours of the facility so that members can see first hand how SANCCOB operates. Tour One: 09h00 Tour Two: 10h00 Cost: Adults R60, Children R50, Pensioners R40 – all for a good cause. NB. It is essential to book your preferred time slot with Lynette no later than Tuesday, 28 June. Last month’s talk by Dr David Roberts, SANCCOB’s seabird veterinarian, plus his fascinating article in Promerops 319:10 (March 2021), are sure to have whetted your appetite for this tour of the SANCCOB centre, so … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    Note the winter starting time. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Annual seabird watch from Cape Point. Leader: Mel Tripp.

Meet at 08h30. This is one of the best locations for land-based seabird watching on the Peninsula – a good way to get to grips with some pelagic species that are mostly encountered on pelagic trips. Let’s hope for some ‘ideal’ winter gales to drive the seabirds closer to shore. If you have a scope, please bring it along. After a few hours on the cliff face we will move off to one of the bays for a picnic brunch, so do bring refreshments. Directions: From Simon’s Town head south along the M4 and follow the signs to the Cape … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: SANCCOB saves seabirds. Speaker: Dr David Roberts.

Dr David Roberts, Clinical Veterinarian at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), will present a talk about the organisation’s seabird conservation work. Join us as he shares insights of their proactive efforts and reactive responses to reverse the decline of seabird populations in southern Africa. SANCCOB is renowned for its interventions to rescue and rehabilitate seabirds such as the endangered African Penguin, Cape Gannet, and Cape Cormorant, and Dr Roberts has first-hand experience in providing medical and surgical treatment for ill and injured birds. From education and awareness to research and emergency response, this non-profit … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30. Note the winter starting time. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the gate.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Wildevoëlvlei and Kommetjie Leaders: Gillian Barnes and Marilyn Metcalfe.

NB. Numbers are limited to 20 persons, so it is essential that you book your place with Gillian in the week before this outing. Meet at 08h30. We will spend about an hour at the Wildevoëlvlei Waste Water Treatment Works, where we should see Water Thick-knee, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Teal, Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard, Little Grebe, Levaillant’s Cisticola, African Marsh Harrier, Reed and White-breasted Cormorant. It is not a very large area and is an easy walk. From here we will proceed to the boat launching parking area at The Kom (Kommetjie). Marilyn will guide us on a walk around … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Helderberg Nature Reserve Leader: John Magner.

Meet at 08h30. This reserve is known for its mountain fynbos and a large variety of Proteas. Five of the six fynbos endemics are found here, namely, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Victorin’s Warbler, and Protea Seedeater. Directions: Take the N2 from Cape Town and turn left at the Somerset West/Strand intersection (Broadway). Turn right into Main Road. Follow the road to the Lourensford Road intersection where you turn left. Drive for some distance until you see a Shell garage. From here you can follow the signs to the Reserve – turn left into Hillcrest, then right into Reservoir … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Evening Meeting: Rondevlei: an important conservation area – then and now. Speaker: Dalton Gibbs.

Rondevlei was one of the first nature reserves in Cape Town, starting off as the Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary. It started as a research station for bird migration, providing valuable information which changed our understanding on migratory birds. Since then this protected area has grown, changing its conservation purpose in a changing landscape. This talk tracks the history and present day purpose of this important conservation area. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

The venue has changed to Strandfontein due to unfavourable birding conditions at Rondevlei. Please contact Merle if you have any questions. Meet at 08h30. Note the winter starting time. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free. Entrance is free, but remember to bring your ID, driver’s licence, or passport in order to obtain an entry permit at the … Continued

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Intaka Island. Leader: Tony Williams.

Meet at 09h00. We will meet near the ticket office. There is a small entry fee (and a discount for pensioners). We will spend time in the various hides and walk the winding paths to see the variety of bush birds and water birds. Optionally, depending on the weather and time, we may also include a trip on a canal boat. Bring along your tea and a snack. Directions: From the N1 take Exit 10 onto Century City Drive which runs parallel with the N1. Follow the road, take the sharp left turn to the robot. At this robot turn … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Count Bird Count.

Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

Outing – Keurbos Bird Reserve, Elgin. Leader: Carin Malan.

Meet at 08h00. Our leader, Carin Malan, is a keen bird photographer and, as an active committee member of BirdLife Overberg, she knows this area well. Keurbos is Jessie Walton’s apple farm and nursery. Jessie has established an indigenous garden enjoyed by people and birds. She has a passion for rescuing injured and baby birds and assisting them back into the wild. There is a lovely wetland where Jessie has constructed a hide at one of the ponds and this is where we will start birding. Bring your own refreshments. Directions: Take the N1 from Cape Town towards Somerset West … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars, it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Evening Meeting: The Kgalagadi revisited – owls galore and much more. Speaker: Otto Schmidt.

After an absence of 12 years, Otto and Sandy spent a week in the park in November 2021. Following an excellent summer rainy season, the birdlife was at its best, providing memorable sightings and great photographic opportunities. This will be a face-to-face meeting at the Nassau Centre, starting at 8pm. To those who were unable to attend the last evening meeting, this is YOUR chance to hear and see Otto’s presentation! It will give you a good hour of vicarious enjoyment and entertainment. As always, Otto’s photography is great – so do yourselves a favour and take a relook at … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

Come and help count the birds, it is a large area and teams are required for the various areas. See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Spier Wine Estate Leader: John Magner

Meet at 09h00. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in the country. It offers beautiful views and many birding opportunities during walks on the lawn under the shady trees on the banks of the Eerste Rivier and in the vineyards. Meet in the car park at Spier where we will bird along the river, around the lake, and in the garden. Directions: Take the N2 out of Cape Town and turn left at the Baden Powell turn -off to Stellenbosch on the R310. After about 6 km you will see the beautiful Spier Wine Estate on your right. … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Jeremy Moore.

Please note the change of venue. The venue has been changed due to unfavourable conditions for birding at Rondevlei. THE OUTING WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT STRANDFONTEIN. Please meet at 08h00 just inside the gates at the first pan. Jeremy will lead the outing. Directions: For those coming from the north, take the M5 down to the Ottery Road turn-off and turn left. Continue past the Ottery Hypermarket to New Ottery Road and turn right into Strandfontein Rd. Proceed through Lotus River to the False Bay Eco Park turn-off (near the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet) where you turn right and … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Outing to D’Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville – Led by Gerald Wingate – 20 February 2022

D'Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville. 20 February 2022 Leader Gerald Wingate.     The 20th of February was a warm and sunny morning at the farm. After everyone had assembled, we made our way to the edge of the dam, counting a few birds. On our way back, we went through the car park to the pond, with trees that encircled it, where Cape Batis and Amethyst Sunbirds were seen. We were soon distracted by a Booted Eagle flying above. Shortly afterwards we spotted a Cape White-eye in its nest - just the white eye poking out of the nest was … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2022.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2021. A working partnership with the Drakenstein Municipality and the Cape Bird Club. Monthly bird counts take place, on the last Saturday morning in the month. Anyone interested in helping can contact Gilbert Reinhardt at 079 130 7876 for details of starting time and meeting place.   Glossy Ibis. photograph by John Fincham. July 2022.   It was a superb sunny winter's day for the monthly count.The birds clearly enjoyed it.  All the problems did not spoil the real enjoyment of being out there. Some photos on the day. Purple Heron on E3 pan, Pochards and … Continued

Outing to the Majik Forest, Durbanville – Led by Kevin Drummond Hay – 01 February 2022.

Outing to the Majik Forest, Durbanville. 01 February 2022 Leader Kevin Drummond Hay.       Challenging early morning traffic and limited parking aside, our visit to the Majik Forest in Bellville was most enjoyable. Moving this outing from a weekend event to a week day outing proved to be the right decision as we had the park to ourselves …… well almost! Kevin Drummond-Hay of the Tygerberg Bird Club led our group through the beautiful park. We began the walk in Vink’s Arboretum which is named after “Oom” Vink van Zyl, a resident in the area who, in the … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Otto Schmidt. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Kevin Drummond-Hay. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Zandvlei Nature Reserve, 16 January 2022 Led by Graham Pringle.

Zandvlei Nature Reserve 16 January 2022 Leader Graham Pringle.     As in previous years, the management of Zandvlei Nature Reserve arranged for us to gain access to the Reserve on the Sunday, as the Reserve is normally closed over the weekends. Everyone started arriving from 07h45 and by 08h00 we had 23 members and were ready to begin the outing, leaving the vehicles under the supervision of a Park Ranger. The days leading up to Sunday had been extremely hot but the day started with a hint of drizzle and remained overcast for most of the morning which made … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Graham Pringle. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Strandfontein WWTW – Led by Simon Fogarty – 06 January 2022.

Strandfontein WWTW. 06 January 2022 - Leader Simon Fogarty. On a warm, slightly overcast day, we met at the Julie te Groen Information Centre for January’s Strandfontein outing. We set off in shared cars and as we drove between pans P1 and P2, many ducks, coots, pelicans and a few waders in between could be seen on the right. We then got out and observed the pan. We watched Yellow-billed Kites and African Marsh Harriers flying by. Not long after this three Ruffs were seen and then three waders were spotted behind some Cape Teals on a small grassy island. … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Simon Fogarty. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Kirstenbosch – Led by Penny Dichmont – 16 December 2021.

Kirstenbosch 16 December 2021 - Leader Penny Dichmont. The weather forecast for this, our last outing of the year, predicted possible rain and strong winds of up to 50 km per hour, so it was a relief to arrive at Kirstenbosch before 8 a.m. and see that Castle Rock was visible. Nineteen birders had braved the weather. It turned out to be mild, pleasant weather, which became quite sunny later on. An African Goshawk was heard calling near Gate 1 before the walk started. From Gate 2, we took the back route to the BotSoc Office and Mannikin Pond. There … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Joel Radue. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing Cape Flats Nature Reserve – Led by Dennis Laidler – 21 November 2021.

Outing to the Cape Flats Nature Reserve, UWC. 21 November 2021 – Led by Dennis Laidler.   Twenty five Cape Bird Club members, including a couple of new members, enjoyed a warm and sunny two and a half hour walk through the 32ha reserve. Tracks and paths cover most of the reserve which comprises a mix of highly threatened Cape Flats Sand Fynbos and Strandveld. Our first and longest loop took us to the eastern portion past the small wetland. Among the early species seen were the Chestnut-vented Warbler (formerly tit-babbler), Rock Kestrel and Black-winged (formerly Black-shouldered) Kite. Levaillant's Cisticola … Continued

Outing Soetwater Enviro Centre – Led by Gigi Laidler – 02 November 2021.

Outing to the Soetwater Enviro Centre, Kommetjie. 02 November 2021 – Led by Gigi Laidler. Following last year’s successful visit to the Soetwater Enviro Centre, this year’s outing did not disappoint. The weather looked a bit ominous, but not too threatening, and we hoped the forecast “10 o’clock shower” would not make landfall. We were greeted by a Jackal Buzzard patrolling the road where we started off at the Otter Pool parking area. After Lappies Labuschagne had welcomed the group and introduced Soetwater to us, we set off towards the rocky shore to spot some seabirds. Sacred Ibis, Common Starling … Continued

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Outing to the Ganzekraal Nature Reserve. – 24 October 2021

Outing to the Ganzekraal Nature Reserve. 24 October 2021 – Leader Felicity Ellmore.   This year the Ganzekraal outing was in October, I was expecting that the vegetation would be very dry by the time of the outing. However due to the good winter rains it was green and there were plenty of plants flowering. The birding started with a male Southern Black Korhaan seen as usual on the side of the road from the R27 to the gate. A group of about 25 birders set off across the beach to the Strandveld on the other side. During a three … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Outing – Farewell the Waders at Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast National Park Leader: Mel Tripp.

The gates open at 07h00. Meet at 07h15 at the Geelbek Homestead car park. Remember your Wild Card so that you do not have to pay the entrance fee. Catching the tides at the right time is crucial for optimum viewing of waders at the Langebaan Lagoon. We will start by doing some bush birding on the way to Seeberg hide before returning to Geelbek by 13h00. Abrahamskraal or Tsaarsbank can be done after lunch. We suggest you share transport and allow for a full day’s outing.    

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Cape Bird Club.

The AGM was been postponed from 10 March 2022 to 24 March 2022, due to load shedding. If you were you unable to join the Cape Bird Club’s Annual General Meeting on 24 March you can view the AGM proceedings and Michelle Vrettos’s presentation at the following; YouTube links: The Cape Bird Club’s Annual General Meeting and Michelle’s presentation, go to:  

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Majik Forest, Bellville. Leader: Kevin Drummond-Hay.

Meet at: 08h30. Kevin Drummond-Hay, a member of our neighbouring Tygerberg Bird Club, will introduce us to the Majik Forest, a garden in the Northern Suburbs with a wealth of shrubs, forested areas, dams, and flowing streams. We can expect to see: Red-faced and White-backed Mousebirds, Acacia Pied Barbet, Bar-throated Apalis, African Paradise Flycatcher. The last TBC outing to this venue achieved a count of 40 species for the morning. The walk will be approximately 2 hours. If anyone wants to do some extra birding, we can proceed to Doordekraal Dam just up the road. Bring along chairs to enjoy … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – D’Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville Leader: Gerald Wingate.

Meet at: 08h00. Address: M13 (Racecourse Rd) Durbanville, GPS: Springfield Farm 33° 50’26”S 18°36’38”E. This is a small wine estate that has a number of different habitats so one can expect to see a good variety of birds. Directions: Travelling on the N1, take the M16 (Jip de Jager) left at the Karl Bremer junction. Continue on this road then turn left onto the M31 and then left again onto the M13. Continue to D’Aria Wine Estate on the left.

Athlone CWAC Count.

Evening Meeting: A Namibian Road Trip. Speaker: Mike Buckham.

NB: Third Thursday of the month (not second). Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. (When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter.) Mike Buckham and his family escaped the third COVID wave in Cape Town and headed for the wide open spaces of Namibia for a road trip of birds, mammals, scenery and sunsets. Mike will take us through a visual journey of some of Namibia’s most beautiful places.     … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Consol Glass HO, CWAC Count.

    All are welcome, experienced or not. This is an important new site very close to Edith Stephens Nature Reserve. Meet at: 08h30 in the parking lot at Kwanza Sands Minerals, 19 Silica Road, Athlone. Contact Gerhard Bothma on 074 320 0813.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Clovelly wetlands and surrounds. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 09h00 at the parking area opposite the Community Hall at the beginning of Clovelly Road. We will walk from the parking area in a circular route around the wetland and, time permitting, around the lower area of the suburb. Directions: From the Main Road between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek turn into Clovelly Road. The parking area is to the left of the road a short distance from the robots.

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Count Bird Count.

Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

OUTING – Zandvlei Nature Reserve Leader: Graham Pringle.

Meet at 08h00. This reserve near Muizenberg is normally closed on weekends but we have arranged for the club to have access. It includes wetlands, a river system, and an estuary. Directions: From the Main Road in Retreat, turn into Military Road at the Lavender Hill sign and continue over the level crossing. At the first set of traffic lights turn right into Coniston Road. (If you are coming from Prince George Drive turn into Military Road, and then left into Coniston Road at the traffic lights.) Continue on Coniston Road for about 200 metres and then turn right onto … Continued

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Please Note – The date has been changed to 22nd January 2022. Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Evening Meeting: Paws and Claws. Speaker: Richard Peirce.

Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. (When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter.) Richard Peirce’s latest book is Pangolins: Scales of Injustice, and his new film Lions, Bones & Bullets has been nominated as a finalist in the Jackson Wild Film Awards where he finds himself up against David Attenborough. The Paws section of this talk will introduce the audience to the film including a look behind the scenes during … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

Come and help count the birds, it is a large area and teams are required for the various areas. See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   If there are more than 10 in the group, then we will split the group with other leaders to keep it manageable. All the protocols will be followed, we will wear masks and keep our social distance. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Otto Schmidt will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – False Bay Nature Reserve – Strandfontein Leader: Daryl de Beer

Meet at 08h00 at the first painted building before the start of the pans. We will concentrate on the many water birds, especially the waders. The outing will last about 3 hours. Bring tea/coffee and snacks. Entrance is free.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Kirstenbosch Gardens Walk and Picnic Leader: Penny Dichmont.

  NB. Picnic will only take place if Covid regulations permit. Meet at 08h00 outside Gate 2 (where the plant nursery is). We round off the year with a walk in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens followed by a picnic brunch. We will explore the gardens for about three hours and then meet on the grassy patch above the “mannikin pond” to socialise and enjoy a picnic. We hope that you will be able to join us. It will also be hot – so bring a sun hat and water with you.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Annual Celebration & Quiz Evening.

Quiz Master: Mike Buckham Details of how the evening will be run will be made available closer to the time. A note from Priscilla – The Quiz was a huge success with 7 teams of 6 people each. Mike Buckham, our quizmaster, asked a wide variety of questions, some more challenging that others. Many people found the anagrams the most difficult! The winning team’s photo shows Mike Buckham on the left with the 6 team members. Well done! Photo: Priscilla Beeton. TRY THE QUIZ if you weren’t there! Mike Buckham recorded the Quiz questions so that those who were unable … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Edith Stephens Nature Reserve Monthly Count.

Meet at 08h30 at the Reserve gates in Govan Mbeki Road.

OUTING – Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area Leader: Dave Whitelaw

Meet at 08h30. The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA) consists of 52ha in the centre of the racecourse, and is regarded as the best example of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos remaining in the Cape Peninsula. It is one of the largest stretches of natural vegetation remaining in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and hosts more than 300 indigenous plant species of which 34 are considered to be threatened with extinction. Many of these rare species are endemic to Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. Besides being botanically important, it also hosts 11 amphibians, including 3 highly endangered endemic frogs, at least 17 reptile … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Penny Dichmont. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing Grootboskloof Trail – Led by Margaret Maciver 06 October 2021

Outing to the Grootboskloof Trail, Constantia. 06 October 2021 – Led by Margaret Maciver.   Seventeen birders gathered at the ‘Mandala’ or Fynbos Circle at the start of the Grootboschkloof Trail in Constantia on the 6th October. We were lucky to have lovely spring weather. The walk was led by Margaret MacIver, who has been watching the Black Sparrowhawk nest along the trail closely. She shared some personal observations of the sparrowhawk pair before we set off. It was the first visit to this greenbelt area for some, including one person who had only joined the club a few weeks … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

 photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Your Leader today is Daryl de Beer. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing Darling Hills Road and Groote Post Winery – Led by Simon Fogarty – 19 September 2021.

Outing to the Darling Hills Road and Groote Post Winery. 19 September 2021 – Led by Simon Fogarty.   20 people assembled at 8.00am, in cold, cloudy and windy weather. The forecast was exactly that, strong north wester, cloudy and cold with intermittent rain. That and the fact that the recce I had done with Daryl de Beer and Mel Tripp the previous Monday, in better conditions, had not produced much good birding, didn’t fill me with confidence for what lay ahead. A Bokmakierie was calling and then seen. Soon afterwards one of our target birds, a Southern Black Korhaan … Continued

Outing to Sunbird Centre, Noordhoek – 02 September 2021

Outing to the Sunbird Centre, Noordhoek. 02 September 2021. Leader Gillian Barnes.   The day was bright and sunny and the temperature comfortable after the rain earlier in the week. Fourteen birders joined me for a gentle stroll from the old farm buildings, down the track with Peers Hill on the right and Klein Tuin mountain on the left. We turned off where the Silvermine River runs under the track. The river was in full spate and I looked under the bridge for the nest of the White-throated Swallow but, although we saw the birds, they had not made a … Continued

Conversation with Callan Cohen 12 August 2021

Access the recording below of our Zoom Monthly Meeting which was held on the 12th August 2021.

Outing to the TWO RIVERS URBAN PARK. Leader Otto Schmidt – 11 August 2021.

Outing to the TWO RIVERS URBAN PARK, Observatory. 11 August 2021.  Leader Otto Schmidt.     25 eager birders met at the parking area below the Wild Fig Restaurant in Observatory at 9am on Wednesday, 11th August for the mid-week outing along the lower Liesbeek River. It was a slightly cool but otherwise ideal, calm, sunny morning as we headed along the raised gravel path towards the river, with the temporary wetland, full after the good winter rains, on our right. The first birds of note were a calling pair of Levaillant’s Cisticolas, soon followed by the first of several … Continued

Outing to Wildevoelvlei and Kommetjie – 3rd June 2021.

Outing to Wildevoelvlei and Kommetjie - 3rd June 2021 The day dawned clear and chilly but fortunately there was no wind when twenty birders gathered at the Wildevoëlvlei Waste Water Treatment Works at 8.30 am. We parked on the track at the end closest to Imhoff and walked the short distance to the first of 6 pans. These are not very large and visibility is usually fairly good. The pans are separated by grassy banks edged with reeds and usually teem with a variety of water birds but on the day of the outing most of the ducks must have … Continued

Outing to the Blombosch Farm, Yzerfontein – 27 – 29 July 2021.

Outing to the Blombosch Farm, Yzerfontein. 27 - 29 July 2021.  Gillian Barnes.     A while ago we received a request to compile a bird list at Blombosch Farm near Yzerfontein. The property is owned by the Buffalodrift Leisure Group. You might have seen their sign and gate on the right hand side of the road on the way to the West Coast National Park but that is a separate establishment. Blombosch Farm has 4 cottages and a larger accommodation place called Hide-away Lodge (a very suitable venue for a future camp). Priscilla, Linda, Penny and I decided on … Continued

Symphony Way Nature Reserve Count Bird Count.

We are due for our 3rd Symphony Way count this year. Please join us by meeting at the Edith Stepehens Nature Reserve gate at 08h30 on Friday morning. Then we travel to the Symphony Way Nature Reserve up the road. The Reserve is situated next to the Cape Town Airport, south of the Stellenbosch Arterial Road and the eastern boundary is Symphony Way.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   This month’s Walk has been cancelled due to the Covid Level 4 lockdown requirements.. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Photographic Evening 8 July 2021

Access the recording below of our Zoom Monthly Meeting which was held on the 8th July 2021.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Cape Flats Nature Reserve, UWC. Leader: Dennis Laidler.

Meet at 08h00.    The 30ha Cape Flats Nature Reserve and Provincial Heritage Site is a private nature reserve under the administration of the University of the Western Cape, first created as a refuge for Strandveld and Coastal Fynbos. It now functions as a base for ecological training, environmental education, and research and provides a natural space for the public to enjoy. It hosts dozens of species of birds such as Black-winged Kite, Spotted Thick-knee, cisticolas, mousebirds, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Cape Siskin, and a variety of water birds. You will need to carry your refreshments with you. Directions: From Cape Town … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Southern African LBJs made simple. Speaker: Doug Newman

Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter. Doug Newman will be talking about his expanded and updated edition of Southern African LBJs made simple published earlier this year. The book offers a unique method for identifying and distinguishing the cryptic little birds that many find so difficult. Using a three-stage process, the book guides readers through successive stages, each of which takes them closer … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Soetwater Environmental Education Centre Leader: Gigi Laidler

Meet at 09h00.   Soetwater is a protected natural coastal region. The rocky shores, vegetated dune system, fynbos, and mountain slopes provide a paradise for coastal birds, including cormorants, plovers, oystercatchers, and whimbrels, as well as terrestrial birds such as robins, francolins, weavers, kites and buzzards. At the Environmental Education Centre we shall meet Lappies Labuschagne who will introduce us to what we can expect to find at the reserve. Bring along your refreshments. Directions: Follow Kommetjie Road to the Slangkop Road turnoff, (just past Ocean View, on the left). Turn left and follow Slangkop Road to the stop street. … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Ganzekraal Nature Reserve Leader: Felicity Ellmore.

Meet at 08h00. Ganzekraal is a Cape Nature Reserve on the R27 that has recently been proclaimed. It covers a large area inland as far as Mamre, but most of it is not accessible to the public at the moment. We will be walking in the coastal section of the reserve, which will allow us to see a variety of coastal and terrestrial birds. This year the walk is at the end of the spring flower season, but that means we should see some different bird species compared to other years. We access the area through the Ganzekraal Resort and … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224. See the bird count data for Zandvlei.

Evening Meeting: The plight of coastal birds due to human leisure activities on beaches. Speaker: Andrew Jenkins.

Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter. Andrew Jenkins, a well-known academic, ornithologist, and raptor specialist, as well as being an ardent conservationist, will be looking at the plight of coastal birds, especially the African Oystercatchers and White-fronted Plovers, along the Kommetjie / Noordhoek beach due to human leisure activities. He will also examine the effects of educational signage erected on the beach.   … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

See the bird count data for this RAMSAR and IBA site.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

OUTING – Grootboschkloof Trail (Constantia Greenbelt). Leader: Margaret Maciver.

Meet at 09h00. This stretch of open land in Constantia has a variety of vegetation. Some areas have been re-planted with indigenous flora, most of which has survived the severe drought. At the start of the walk is a 350m 2 biodiversity mandala with plants that attract dragonflies, butterflies, and bugs. The natural fynbos provides a walking corridor along a stream and wetland area and tall trees provide some forest birding. We hope to see, among others, sunbirds, waxbills, white-eyes, bulbuls, Brimstone Canaries and hopefully the Black Sparrowhawks that nest here each year. Please try and carry your refreshments in … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Darling Hills Road and Groote Post Bird Hide. Leader: Simon Fogarty.

Meet at 08h00. We will bird along the Darling Hills Road where we hope to see larks, pipits, African Stonechats, Capped Wheatears, and European Bee-eaters among others. After about 10km we will turn right and visit the Groote Post Bird Hide. Bring along chairs and your refreshments to enjoy under the trees at Groote Post. Directions: From Cape Town follow the R27 towards Langebaan. Turn right onto the Darling Hills Road opposite the Grotto Bay turn-off. We will meet here, at the turn-off, at 08h00.    

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Around the world in 80 days (part 2). Speakers Johan Schlebusch and Joy Fish.

Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter. In May 2021, Johan and Joy entertained us with stories and special birding experiences they had on some of the exciting destinations around the world visited by the Cape Bird Club during the time Johan headed the International Tours Committee. This evening they continue. You do not have to have watched Part 1 to enjoy this evening’s … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Sunbird Centre, Silvermine Nature Reserve. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 08h30 at the Sunbird Centre. The walking trail follows the middle section of the Silvermine River at the western end of Kleintuin mountain. We can expect to see a number of fynbos endemics such as Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin. Other species include Bar- throated Apalis, Cape Grassbird, Cape Robin-chat, Jackal Buzzard, Southern Boubou, and Bokmakierie. Directions: Travel along Ou Kaapse Weg towards Fish Hoek until you see Silvermine Retirement Village / Noordhoek Manor / Silvermine Road on your right. Turn left here and drive through a boom gate and down the road. Park on the grass … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

PBS will be open 09h00-11h00. No access after 11h00.  

OUTING – Succulent Workshop Facilitator: Alison James.

Workshop duration: 10h00 – 12h30.   Maximum 16 participants.   RSVP required. NB. email alisondoug@telkomsa.net to book your place. This is an outing with a difference! Following the great success of this event last year, Alison will once again host a workshop on succulent plants. Come and learn how to make your garden more drought resistant. Participants will receive notes on the plants that Alison introduces. She will include some succulents that attract birds. There will be a tour of her garden followed by tea and question time. Each participant will receive some cuttings (free), but Alison will also have 6-packs of … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Garden Leader: John Magner

Meet at 08h30 in the parking area outside the Rooi Els restaurant/ shopping centre. We will walk along the gravel road at Rooi Els to look for Cape Rockjumpers, Ground Woodpeckers, and (hopefully!) a Sentinel Rock Thrush. We will then visit the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Garden (a small entrance fee is payable unless you are a member of the Botanical Society, so remember your membership card). This garden is one of the best places to find the elusive Victorin’s Warbler and other endemics such as Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, and Cape Siskin. Bring tea and snacks. Directions: From Cape … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Callan Cohen’s Birding Life. Interviewer: Mike Buckham

Zoom meeting starts: 19h30 – Zoom links will be advertised in the eNewsletter and on Facebook. When face-to-face meetings resume they will start at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. This will be announced in the eNewsletter. Mike Buckham interviews Callan on many topics including the Green Warbler in his garden in Scarborough, breaking the Birding Big Day record with 335 species, his most exciting birding trips in Africa, and how the CBC got him involved in birding.   Here is the YouTube link for the meeting.      

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Two Rivers Urban Park Leader: Otto Schmidt

Meet at 09h00. We will start birding along the Liesbeek River opposite Hartleyvale Stadium, including the temporary wetlands. We may see Giant, Pied, and Malachite Kingfishers, African Black Duck, and maybe even be a Grey-headed Gull. We will then visit the bird hide at the SA Astronomical Observatory which overlooks a temporary wetland area at the junction of the Black and Liesbeek Rivers. This wetland should be full at this time of the year and species seen here in the past include Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Greater Flamingo, White-faced Whistling Duck, Blue-billed Teal and White- backed Duck. Bring tea/coffee and … Continued

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    (Note the winter starting time ). These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Planting pollination corridors by Ceinwen (10 June 2021)

Ceinwen is the present Executive Director of Ingcungcu Sunbird Restoration Project which is a registered NPC working with schools, communities and local organisations to build pollinator corridors across the Cape Flats by planting gardens of locally indigenous, nectar-rich plants to attract sunbirds and insect pollinators. Since 2013 when it was established as an MSc project focusing on three high school gardens, Ingcungcu has expanded to nine schools, engaging six communities across the Cape Flats, and partners with more than 15 local organisations including the Cape Bird Club. Building strong, sustainable and supportive partnerships is at the heart of Ingcungcu's vision … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Today’s Walk did not happen, no one came as it was raining. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Simon Fogarty will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Strand – Led by Vic Smith – 16 May 2021.

Outing to the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Strand. 16 May 2021 –  Leader Vic Smith.     New venue for CBC - a 10 ha site (former waste water treatment plant) conveniently situated on the R44, bordered on one side by Strand Golf Course and the Lourens River on the other. Maintained (sometimes) by the municipality under the watchful eye of the Somerset West Bird Club (SWBC), who badger them continuously for improvements..... They do cut the grass occasionally and maintain the walkways which are raised embankments (berms) dividing the various ponds, a la SSW. They also try to eliminate … Continued

Around the World in 80 days, Part 1 – Johan Schlebusch & Joy Fish (13 May 2021)

Joy Fish and Johan Schlebusch share some special birding experiences from 4 of the Cape Bird Club trips organised by the International Tours Committee.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   If there are more than 10 in the group, then we will split the group with other leaders to keep it manageable. All the protocols will be followed, we will wear masks and keep our social distance. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Otto Schmidt will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to the Majik Forest, Durbanville – Led by Kevin Drummond Hay – 18 April 2021.

Outing to the Majik Forest, Durbanville. 18 April 2021 –  Leader Kevin Drummond Hay. .     A magic forest in Durbanville, next to the main road? Yes indeed (my map said 'here there be dragons')-11.6 Km of trails, shared by mountain bikers, hikers etc. Deciduous, Coniferous trees, thick bush, interspersed with open 'grassland', with suburbia and traffic a distant memory. Our Tygerberg Bird Club 'loanee' leader, well-known local birder Kevin Drummond Hay, led 35 of us (some wearing garlic necklaces) into another world.. We started with a gentle ramble and saw plenty of birds to keep the beginners on … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   If there are more than 10 in the group, then we will split the group with other leaders to keep it manageable. All the protocols will be followed, we will wear masks and keep our social distance. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Graham Pringle  will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

A late summer bushveld birding bash (8 April 2021)

CBC Meeting 8 April 2021 Mike Buckham and 3 friends visited highveld grassland and acacia thornveld areas fringing the flood plains in Limpopo Province.

Outing to D’Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville – Led by Gerald Wingate – 21 March 2021

D'Aria Wine Estate, Durbanville. 21 March 2021 Leader Gerald Wingate.     At 8am on a beautiful, sunny, windless morning 35 enthusiastic birders (all suitably masked) gathered in the car-park of the D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville for the monthly outing to be led by Gerald Wingate, roped in at short notice when the originally designated leader became unavailable. Following Gerald’s introduction, Priscilla presented Margaret McIver with her Promerops Award (a lovely stone carved Cape Sugarbird) which had been “virtually” presented to her at the club’s March AGM for her long-standing services to the club. The group then headed off … Continued

The effect of artificial nectar feeders on birds and Erica visitation rate in the Cape Fynbos (March 2021)

AGM Meeting: Promerops Awards and Monique du Plessis's presentation on "The effect of artificial nectar feeders on birds and Erica visitation rate in the Cape Fynbos". Nectar feeders may have positive effects by attracting nectarivorous birds towards suburbia, facilitating their urban adaptation, and supplementing bird diets when floral resources are scarce. However, this may come at the cost of luring them away from the plants they pollinate in neighbouring indigenous vegetation, with consequences for seed set. Monique will help us understand the responses of nectarivorous bird communities to this relatively novel phenomenon, which might affect all species involved in bird … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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OUTING – Helderberg Nature Reserve Leader: John Magner.

This outing has been cancelled due to Covid -19 Level 4 lockdown requirements. Meet at 08h30. This reserve is known for its mountain fynbos and a large variety of Proteas. Five of the six fynbos endemics are found here, namely, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Victorin’s Warbler, and Protea Seedeater. Directions: Take the N2 from Cape Town and turn left at the Somerset West/Strand intersection (Broadway). Turn right into Main Road. Follow the road to the Lourensford Road intersection where you turn left. Drive for some distance until you see a Shell garage. From here you can follow the … Continued

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224.   See the bird count data for Zandvlei.  

Athlone CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

No count took place due to Level 4 lockdown requirements for Covid 19 regulations.  

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group clear seedlings and saplings. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too. See this link for more of what we do.

Evening Meeting: Members Photographic Evening.

Meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. It is going to be a members’ evening for sharing their best photographs. May we encourage especially those who have never shared a special photograph before, to take this opportunity to do so! We are giving lots of warning about the meeting so that you have time to select 3 of your best, special or most unusual birding photographs. Members are invited to show a maximum of 3 of their best photos … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Klassenbosch Trail Leader: Margaret Maciver

This outing has been cancelled because of the Covid level 4 restrictions. Meet at 09h00 at the end of Oak Avenue, Constantia. This shaded circular trail is usually wind free, however it could be muddy along the trail if there has been some rain, so wear suitable footwear and bring a stick for balance if you tend to slip. There is a large open, grassy area with some tree stumps where we can have morning tea, weather permitting. Anyone could leave at any time as it is easy to find one’s way back to the cars. Directions: Drive up Alphen … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

This outing has been cancelled because of the Covid level 4 restrictions. Meet at 08h30.    (Note the winter starting time ). These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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OUTING – Annual seabird watch from Cape Point. Leader: Mel Tripp

Meet at 08h30. This is our annual visit to the best location for land-based seabird watching on the Peninsula. It’s a good way to get to grips with some pelagic species that are mostly encountered on pelagic trips. Hopefully there will be some winter gales to drive the seabirds in closer to shore. Spotting scopes will be available but if you have one, please bring it along. Afterwards we will move off to one of the bays for a picnic brunch, so bring refreshments. Directions: From Simon’s Town head south along the M4 and follow the Cape Point signs to … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too.

Evening Meeting: Planting Pollinator Corridors – Connecting Communities. Speaker Ceinwen Smith.

Meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. Ceinwen is the present Executive Director of Iingcungcu Sunbird Restoration Project which is a registered NPC working with schools, communities and local organisations to build pollinator corridors across the Cape Flats by planting gardens of locally indigenous, nectar-rich plants to attract sunbirds and insect pollinators. Since 2013 when it was established as an MSc project focussing on three high school gardens, Iingcungcu has expanded to nine schools, engaging six communities across the … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Wildevoëlvlei and Kommetjie Leaders: Marilyn Metcalf and Gillian Barnes

  Meet at 08h30. We will spend about an hour at the Wildevoëlvlei Waste Water Treatment Works, where we should see Water Thick-knee, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Teal, Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard, Little Grebe, Levaillant’s Cisticola, African Marsh Harrier, Reed and White-breasted Cormorant. It is not a very large area and is an easy walk. NB. Numbers are limited to 20 persons, so it is essential that you book your place with Gillian in the week before this outing. From here we will proceed to the boat launching parking area at The Kom (Kommetjie). Marilyn will guide us on a walk … Continued

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    (Note the winter starting time ). These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary Leader: Daryl de Beer

Meet at: 08h30. This wetland, which is situated close to the Lourens River, was once a waste – water treatment works, however the 25 acres now enjoy conservation initiatives that maintain its natural wetland status. Directions: From the N2 take the Broadway Boulevard glide-off. At the traffic lights turn right onto Broadway Boulevard. Cross the freeway and continue for some time, passing the Strand Golf Club and Dick Dent on your right. At the Da Gama street traffic lights, turn right and then right again into Jennings Street. Continue to the T-junction at the end of Jennings Street. Turn right … Continued

Evening Meeting: Around the world in 80 days. Speakers Johan Schlebusch and Joy Fish.

Meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. Johan headed the International Tours Committee for quite a few years and during that time led several birding trips to exciting destinations. Joy, his wife, accompanied him on all the trips and assisted him. In this presentation they will share special birding experiences from these Cape Bird Club trips around the world. This was an ‘armchair’ birding journey through 4 of 8 countries visited by members of the Cape Bird Club on … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Come and help the core group. Small school groups or individuals who need to do their social responsibility projects are welcome too.

OUTING – Spier Wine Estate Leader: John Magner

Meet at 09h00. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in the country. It offers beautiful views and many birding opportunities during walks on the lawn under the shady trees on the banks of the Eerste Rivier and in the vineyards. Meet in the car park at Spier where we will bird along the river, around the lake, and in the garden. Directions: Take the N2 out of Cape Town and turn left at the Baden Powell turn -off to Stellenbosch on the R310. After about 6 km you will see the beautiful Spier Wine Estate on your right. … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    (Note the winter starting time ). These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Majik Forest, Bellville. Leader: Kevin Drummond-Hay.

Meet at: 08h30. Kevin Drummond-Hay, a member of our neighbouring Tygerberg Bird Club, will introduce us to the Majik Forest, a garden in the Northern Suburbs with a wealth of shrubs, forested areas, dams, and flowing streams. We can expect to see: Red-faced and White-backed Mousebirds, Acacia Pied Barbet, Bar-throated Apalis, African Paradise Flycatcher. The last TBC outing to this venue achieved a count of 40 species for the morning. The walk will be approximately 2 hours. If anyone wants to do some extra birding, we can proceed to Doordekraal Dam just up the road. Bring along chairs to enjoy … Continued

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Wearing a mask and social distancing is required as per the National Level 1 Lockdown requirements.   Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson or on 021 705 5224.

Athlone CWAC Count.

Strandfontein Count.

If the National Covid regulations are still in place, please contact Graham  before to find out if the count will take place.  

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Evening Meeting: A late summer bushveld birding bash. Speaker Mike Buckham.

Meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. The speaker has changed, due to Andrew Jenkins being unavailable. After having been, more or less, restricted to the Western Cape and its mountain, fynbos, estuarine and strandveld habitats since the arrival of the COVID curse, Mike Buckham and three of his good birding mates decided to venture a little further afield, taking advantage of the trough in COVID-19 infections to get away to some different habitat to see a few good … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

OUTING – Intaka Island Leader: Tony Williams

Meet at 09h00. We will meet near the ticket office. There is a small entry fee (and a discount for pensioners). We will spend time in the various hides and walk the winding paths to see the variety of bush birds and water birds. Optionally, depending on the weather and time, we may also include a trip on a canal boat. Bring along your tea and a snack. Directions: From the N1 take Exit 10 onto Century City Drive which runs parallel with the N1. Follow the road, take the sharp left turn to the robot. At this robot turn … Continued

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

NOTE:   This outing has been cancelled as it falls in the middle of the Easter weekend. Meet at 08h00.    These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Outing to the Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate – Malmesbury – 04 March 2021.

Outing to the Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate, Malmesbury. 04 March 2021 – by Simon Fogarty and Daryl de Beer.     A group of 16 birders met outside the estate on a very overcast, drizzly, but fortunately wind free morning. As most of the birding was to be on foot, we managed to fit into four vehicles for the short journey to the main birding area, a wide strip of sloping, natural vegetation with a dam and wetlands between the housing estate and the perimeter fence, beyond which were vast wheat fields. We took a twisty route, as … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   If there are more than 10 in the group, then we will split the group with other leaders to keep it manageable. All the protocols will be followed, we will wear masks and keep our social distance. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Joel Radue  will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Trevor Hardaker talks about his record breaking challenge year in 2020 (11 Feb 2021)

The talk will cover briefly the concept of a Big Year, the details of the area covered by the Cape Town 150km Challenge, how some general good birding at the beginning of the year led Trevor to start taking part in the challenge, how he went about planning his “attack” and then an overview of the places that he visited and the birds that he saw during the year.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2021.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2021. A working partnership with the Drakenstein Municipality and the Cape Bird Club. Monthly bird counts take place, on the last Saturday morning in the month. Anyone interested in helping can contact Gilbert Reinhardt at 079 130 7876 for details of starting time and meeting place.     Water Thicknee. photograph by John Fincham. December 2021.   No count took place on  27 November, it was postponed to the 04 December 2021.  In John's photos there are many Flamingo present. Also special he mentions were the Spoonbills. October 2021.   At the Paarl count on 30 … Continued

Outing to Kirstenbosch – Led by Margaret Maciver – 16 December 2020.

Kirstenbosch 16 December 2020 - Leader Margaret Maciver. Perfect weather, no traffic and no crowds greeted 22 of us for the traditional end of year picnic at Kirstenbosch organised as usual by Margaret Maciver. Margaret decreed that it would be a casual, chatty relaxed stroll with which we all concurred, and so it was. However, no bird remained unidentified in the presence of the impressive coterie of 'elder statesmen and women' hunting them down, casually of course! Feast your eyes on this list: John and Jane Magner, Otto and Sandy Schmitt, Graham Pringle, Peter and Nikki Nupen, Merle and Derek … Continued

Outing to Kenilworth Racecourse Nature Reserve – Led by Dave Whitelaw – 08 December 2020.

Kenilworth Racecourse Nature Reserve 08 December 2020 - Leader Dave Whitelaw. The outing to the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area was attended by about 35-40 members. A total of 42 species ranging from Waxbills to Buzzards was seen. Water birds were generally poorly represented and this was probably due to water levels being low. I discussed this with Fayruz who suggested we might try and organise the outing earlier in the year. We also saw a number of spectacular flowers. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to get information of events at the site, please send … Continued

Outing Cape Flats Nature Reserve – Led by Daryl de Beer – 22 November 2020.

Outing to the Cape Flats Nature Reserve, UWC. 22 November 2020 – Led by Daryl de Beer.     The CBC outing on Sunday 22nd October, led by Daryl de Beer, was to the Cape Flats Nature Reserve. This private nature reserve is situated on the campus of the University of the Western Cape and is managed by the UWC Nature Reserve Unit. There was an excellent turnout - partly due, probably, to the fact that it was a new venue for the club. The group of over 40 people was split into two. In the briefing beforehand, Daryl de … Continued

Outing Soetwater Enviro Centre – Led by Gigi Laidler – 03 November 2020.

Outing to the Soetwater Enviro Centre, Kommetjie. 03 November 2020 – Led by Gigi Laidler.   While the rest of the world turned their eyes to the shenanigans of US Elections, 26 of us had a far better plan for 3rd November and spent a fruitful morning birding on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, just south of the Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie, at the Soetwater Enviro Centre – a new venue in terms of Cape Bird Club outings. The terrain we covered on our outing was flat and offered good opportunities for coastal vegetation bush birding, as well … Continued

Athlone CWAC Count.

OUTING – Family Walk and End of Year Social Picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Leader: Margaret Maciver.

Meet at outside Gate 2  at 08h00 (where the plant nursery is). We round off the year with a walk in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens followed by a picnic brunch. We will explore the gardens for about three hours and then meet on the grassy patch above the “mannikin pond” to socialise and enjoy a picnic. We hope that you will be able to join us.    

Evening Meeting: Annual Celebration & Quiz Evening.

Our annual Celebration & Quiz Evening will be held online this year via Zoom as a virtual Annual Celebration and Quiz Evening with Quiz Master: Mike Buckham and starts at 19h30. The Zoom link will be sent to you nearer the time.  So make up your team, click on the link, and join in the fun!!

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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Athlone CWAC Count.

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Evening Meeting: 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Cape Bird Club.

The AGM video – very cropped to include just the Promerops Awards and Monique’s talk on nectar feeders – is now available on YouTube .

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate, Malmesbury Leader: Simon Fogarty and Daryl de Beer

Meet at: 08h00 in the car park at the main entrance to the estate. This estate, in a superb setting about 65km from Cape Town, offers generous greenbelts formed around watercourses and an abundance of birds. After meeting at 08h00 we will share lifts to travel around the estate for about 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours, stopping to bird at various points along the way. NB. For this outing we ask that you RSVP to Simon or Daryl by no later than Monday 01 March. Directions: Take the N1 to Malmesbury. Just past Malmesbury is the sign for the estate … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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Athlone CWAC Count.

CANCELLED – Farewell the Waders at Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast National Park Leader: Mel Tripp.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to COVID-19 conditions. The gates open at 07h00. Meet at 07h15 at the Geelbek Homestead car park. Remember your Wild Card so that you do not have to pay the entrance fee. Catching the tides at the right time is crucial for optimum viewing of waders at the Langebaan Lagoon. We will start by doing some bush birding on the way to Seeberg hide before returning to Geelbek by 13h00. Abrahamskraal or Tsaarsbank can be done after lunch. We suggest you share transport and allow for a full day’s outing.   … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Evening Meeting: Cape Town 150km Challenge – an accidental Big Year. Speaker Trevor Hardaker.

beMeet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. The talk will cover the concept of a Big Year, details of the area covered by the Cape Town 150km Challenge, what led Trevor to start taking part in the challenge, how he went about planning his “attack”, and then an overview of the places that he visited and the birds that he saw during the year. The talk has been recorded for YouTube and is available here .  

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Clovelly wetlands and surrounds. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 09h00 at the parking area opposite the Community Hall at the beginning of Clovelly Road. We will walk from the parking area in a circular route around the wetland and, time permitting, around the lower area of the suburb. Directions: From the Main Road between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek turn into Clovelly Road. The parking area is to the left of the road a short distance from the robots.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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CAR Count.

All day count. Please make arrangements with your usual team.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

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Athlone CWAC Count.

This count is cancelled due to Covid lock down level 3 requirements.

OUTING – Zandvlei Nature Reserve Leader: Graham Pringle.

This outing is cancelled due to Covid lock down level 3 requirements. Meet at 08h00. This reserve near Muizenberg is normally closed on weekends, but Graham has arranged for the club to have access. It includes wetlands, a river system and an estuary. Bring a picnic tea to enjoy afterwards under the trees.  

Zandvlei CWAC Count.

Wearing a mask and social distancing is required as per the National Level 3 Lockdown requirements. The planned date was changed from 16th to 23rd January 2021.   Meet at the Main Gate of the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve before 08h00. All are welcome, experienced or not. I shall put you into a group which  will help you learn quickly and easily. There is always something new to be seen or heard. We need people in canoes, walking and in cars it is a large area to survey. For more information contact Gavin Lawson on 021 705 5224 or glawson@axxess.co.za

Evening Meeting: How do South African cities shape bird communities in time and space?. Speaker Jessleena Suri.

Meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands. Should Covid-19 restrictions necessitate holding a Zoom meeting, the meeting will start at 19h30. Jessleena will be sharing some of the insights gained from her PhD research on understanding the drivers of bird community structure in South African cities. Much of her research has drawn on citizen science data like SABAP2 and the lockdown garden surveys she initiated during the COVID-19 lockdown. She hopes to shed light on the ways in which gardens might act as oases for species that struggle to make it in the … Continued

Strandfontein Count.

Please contact Graham to find out if the count will take place. This count was cancelled due to level 3 lockdown.

Zandvlei Hack.

This hack is cancelled due to Covid lock down level 3 requirements. See this notice. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

OUTING – False Bay Nature Reserve – Strandfontein Leader: Daryl de Beer

This outing is cancelled due to Covid lock down level 3 requirements. See this notice. Meet at 08h00 at the first painted building before the start of the pans. We will concentrate on the many water birds, especially the waders. The outing will last about 3 hours. Bring tea/coffee and snacks. Entrance is free.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

This outing is cancelled due to Covid lock down level 3 requirements. See this notice.   Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Zandvlei Hack.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area Leader: Dave Whitelaw

Meet at 09h00. The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA) consists of 52ha in the centre of the racecourse, and is regarded as the best example of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos remaining in the Cape Peninsula. It is one of the largest stretches of natural vegetation remaining in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and hosts more than 300 indigenous plant species of which 34 are considered to be threatened with extinction. Many of these rare species are endemic to Cape Flats Sand Fynbos. Besides being botanically important, it also hosts 11 amphibians, including 3 highly endangered endemic frogs, at least 17 reptile … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC and Monthly Count.

  Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

Outing Darling Hills Road and Tienie Versveld – Led by Mel Tripp – 18 October 2020

Outing to the Darling Hills Road and Tienie Versveld. 18 October 2020 – Led by Mel Tripp. The venue for the October outing needed to be changed to the Darling area because Koeberg Nature Reserve was still closed to visitors. It turned out to be a very successful trip, however, with a good turn-out of 38 people. We had driven through an hour of persistent drizzle, so the cool, near perfect weather, with very little wind, was very welcome. The leader, Mel Tripp, explained that we would begin by birding along the seventeen kilometres of Darling Hills Road and mentioned … Continued

Outing Grootboskloof Trail – Led by Margaret Maciver 07 October 2020

Outing to the Grootboskloof Trail, Constantia. 07 October 2020 – Led by Margaret Maciver.     On a cool, overcast morning, 23 birders gathered at the Grootboschkloof Trail mandala in preparation for another outing in the Southern Suburbs after the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. After observing all appropriate Covid-19 protocols, Margaret Maciver led us along a wooded path to experience our first outing at this venue.  Our first stop was a Black Sparrowhawk nest with no obvious occupants, although we had seen a pair on our “recce” visit a few days before. We then moved on to an almost “garden” … Continued

OUTING – Cape Flats Nature Reserve, UWC. Leader: Daryl de Beer

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Meet at 08h00.    The 30ha Cape Flats Nature Reserve and Provincial Heritage Site is a private nature reserve under the administration of the University of the Western Cape, first created as a refuge for Strandveld and Coastal Fynbos. It now functions as a base for ecological training, environmental education, and research and provides a natural space for the public to enjoy. It hosts dozens of species of birds such as Black-winged Kite, Spotted Thick-knee, cisticolas, … Continued

Evening Meeting: Easter Island. Speaker Peter Hills.

Zoom meeting at 19h30 or 20h00. The Zoom link and exact start time will be advertised in the e-Newsletter a few days before the meeting. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the starting time. (Alternatively, if lockdown regulations permit, you will be informed in the e-Newsletter that we will meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.) Peter Hills’ presentation will cover his birding experience on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) including a little history and an annual event concerning the Sooty Tern there. He will also add some marine bird photos of Polynesia … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Soetwater Environmental Education Centre Leader: Gigi Laidler

Meet at 09h00.    Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Soetwater is a protected natural coastal region. The rocky shores, vegetated dune system, fynbos, and mountain slopes provide a paradise for coastal birds, including cormorants, plovers, oystercatchers, and whimbrels, as well as terrestrial birds such as robins, francolins, weavers, kites and buzzards. At the Environmental Education Centre we shall meet Lappies Labuschagne who will introduce us to what we can expect to find at the reserve. Bring along your refreshments. Directions: Follow … Continued

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Tienie Versveld Nature Reserve. Leader: Mel Tripp.

Directions: From Cape Town follow the R27 towards Langebaan. Turn right onto the Darling Hills Road opposite the Grotto Bay turn-off. We will meet here, at the turn-off, at 08h00. We will bird along this road where we hope to see Larks; Pipits; African Stone Chats; Capped Wheatears and European Bee-eaters amongst others. After about 10km we will turn right and visit the Groote Post Bird Hide. We then continue on the Darling Hills Road, through Darling and on to Tienie Versveld Nature Reserve where we should see a number of LBJ’s. Park on the roadside on the left. If … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Evening Meeting: Protecting the unique and threatened frogs of the Western Cape. Speaker Dr Jeanne Tarrant.

Zoom meeting at 19h30 or 20h00. The Zoom link and exact start time will be advertised in the e-Newsletter a few days before the meeting. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the starting time. (Alternatively, if lockdown regulations permit, you will be informed in the e-Newsletter that we will meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.) Of the 135 described frog species in South Africa, 64% are unique to the country, and most of the most threatened endemic species occur within the Cape Floristic region of the Western Cape. The Endangered Wildlife … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Grootboschkloof Trail (Constantia Greenbelt). Leader: Margaret Maciver.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Meet at 09h00. This stretch of open land in Constantia has a variety of vegetation. Some areas have been re-planted with indigenous flora, most of which has survived the severe drought. At the start of the walk is a 350m 2 biodiversity mandala with plants that attract dragonflies, butterflies, and bugs. The natural fynbos provides a walking corridor along a stream and wetland area and tall trees provide some forest birding. We hope to see, among … Continued

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Ganzekraal Nature Reserve Leader: Denis Laidler

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Meet at 08h00. Ganzekraal is a Cape Nature Reserve on the R27, about 8km north of Koeberg Nature Reserve. Meet at 08h00. Ganzekraal is a Cape Nature reserve on the R27, about 8km north of Koeberg Nature Reserve. It is quite extensive along the coast and comprises Strandveld, wetlands, streams, old pasture, rocky shores, sandy beaches, and historic buildings which are great for roosting. This will be about a 3 hour walk, depending on the number … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Evening Meeting: Birding in Ethiopia. Speakers Nick Fordyce and Gareth Skead.

THE SPEAKER AND THE TOPIC HAVE CHANGED for this Thursday evening meeting via Zoom (10th September 2020). Vince Ward was to have been speaking about experiences on board a ship …. But he was asked to guide a tour group. Of course, we all know how hard the lockdown has been for tour guides, with a complete loss of income, so understand totally that he had to make use of this opportunity! Hope the tour goes well, Vince! NEW SPEAKERS: The talk will be co-hosted by Nick Fordyce and Gareth Skead TOPIC: Enjoying the view from the roof of Africa: … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h00.    Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

OUTING – Sunbird Centre, Silvermine Nature Reserve. Leader: Gillian Barnes.

Meet at 08h30. Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

Evening Meeting: Romancing Uganda – a bird-filled anniversary trip. Speaker Mike Buckham.

Zoom meeting at 19h30 or 20h00. The Zoom link and exact start time to be advertised in the e-Newsletter a few days before the meeting. Click on the link 5-10 minutes before the starting time. (Alternatively, if lockdown regulations permit, you will be informed in the e-Newsletter that we will meet at 20h00 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.) Mike Buckham fulfilled a bucket list dream on his 20th wedding anniversary, when he and his wife spent a precious hour with the beautiful and critically endangered mountain gorillas of western Uganda. This was followed by … Continued

OUTING – Rooi Els and Harold Porter Botanical Garden Leader: John Magner

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Meet at 08h30 in the parking area outside the Rooi Els restaurant/ shopping centre. We will walk along the gravel road at Rooi Els to look for Cape Rockjumpers, Ground Woodpeckers, and (hopefully!) a Sentinel Rock Thrush. We will then visit the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Garden (a small entrance fee is payable unless you are a member of the Botanical Society, so remember your membership card). This garden is one of the best places to … Continued

Wildevoëlvlei CWAC Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Not an outing … but a Succulent Workshop Leader: Alison James

This is an outing with a difference! Following the great success of this event last year, Alison will once again host a workshop on succulent plants. Come and learn how to make your garden more drought resistant. Participants will receive notes on the plants that Alison introduces. She will include some succulents that attract birds. There will be a tour of her garden followed by tea and question time. Each participant will receive some cuttings (free) BUT Alison will also have 6-packs of mixed succulents on sale at R50 each. Workshop duration: 10h00 – 12h30 Maximum 16 participants. Bookings to  … Continued

Zandvlei Hack.

The hack will take place today as planned. The Cape Bird Club members have been helping the City of Cape Town by clearing invasive alien vegetation since 1974, when Alan Morris started this activity in the Wildwood Bird Sanctuary, now the Zandvlei Nature Reserve.

Kirstenbosch BIRP Count.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place.

OUTING – Rondevlei Nature Reserve Leader: Merle Chalton

Meet at 08h30.    Please note the later starting time for winter.  Also check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2 1⁄2 hours, but you can stay as long as you like. Bring a warm anorak even if it is a hot day as it can get cold in the hides. Entrance is free.

Prof. Peter Ryan – Pitkern Ailen: the back of beyond

Tristan da Cunha is widely regarded as being home to the most isolated community on earth, but another UK Overseas Territory challenges this claim. Pitcairn Island, which famously provided sanctuary to the HMS Bounty mutineers, lies in the middle of the South Pacific, roughly midway between Tahiti and Easter Island. Peter Ryan recently indulged his passion for remote islands by visiting all four islands in the Pitcairn group, which lie in one of the world's largest marine reserves. His talk addresses the conservation challenges on Henderson Island, a natural World Heritage Site, describes the success of the rat eradication on … Continued

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Graham Pringle  will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Please note: This outing has been cancelled due to the National Covid 19 lockdown requirement.  We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Brian Vanderwalt will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.     We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Margaret Maciver will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin. Please note: This outing has been cancelled due to the National Covid 19 lockdown requirement.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Please note:  This walk has been cancelled as a precaution for receiving or spreading the Covid 19 virus.  We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Simon Fogarty will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Kirstenbosch Bird Walk

photograph by Lynette de Beer.   Please note:  This walk has been cancelled as a precaution for receiving or spreading the Corona virus. We meet at the Information desk at Gate 1. Today Otto Schmidt will be your leader. Organiser is Linda Hibbin.

Outing to Silvermine Reserve – 13th March 2020

Outing to Silvermine Reserve. 13 March 2020 – by Sanjo Rose.   Visiting Silvermine Nature Reserve with Floreat. On Friday 13 March 2020 we had a splendid bird club outing to Silvermine Nature Reserve. 49 learners from Floreat Primary School attended along with four teachers. Roughly half of the learners were first time ‘bird clubbers’ but are members of the Enviro Club at Floreat. The four teachers all run the Enviro Club. Despite being relatively warm we enjoyed a lovely ramble towards the waterfall at Silvermine (gate 2). We discussed what the term ‘nature reserve’ means, pollination and various aspects … Continued

Outing to the Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate – Malmesbury – 05 March 2020.

Outing to the Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate, Malmesbury. 05 March 2020 – by Daryl & Lynette de Beer.     On Thursday, 05 March, the CBC visited Mount Royal Golf and Country Estate just outside Malmesbury in the Swartland. The Estate is positioned on a hillside and is surrounded by a renosterveld conservation area and wheat and canola fields. We were very well received on the Estate and were pleased to be joined on our walk-about by three of the residents. Twenty-five birders set off from the sales Office at 08:00. The area is very dry and the … Continued

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2020.

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Counts in 2020. A working partnership with the Drakenstein Municipality and the Cape Bird Club. Monthly bird counts take place, on the last Saturday morning in the month. Anyone interested in helping can contact Gilbert Reinhardt at 079 130 7876 for details of starting time and meeting place.   Fluvous Duck. photograph by John Fincham. October 2020. On 26 September 2020 John reported  "We need to sincerely thank Gilbert Rheinhardt for taking over management of the monthly PBS CWAC, assisted by Tony Williams. Perhaps the pair of White-faced Whistling Duck with 14 ducklings on E3 pan presages happy … Continued

OUTING – Helderberg Nature Reserve Leader: John Magner.

Check with the leader before hand to hear if the outing will take place. The Covid -19 lockdown requirements may still be in place. Meet at 08h30. This reserve is known for its mountain fynbos and a large variety of Proteas. Five of the six fynbos endemics are found here, namely, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Victorin’s Warbler, and Protea Seedeater. Directions: Take the N2 from Cape Town and turn left at the Somerset West/Strand intersection (Broadway). Turn right into Main Road. Follow the road to the Lourensford Road intersection where you turn left. Drive for some distance until … Continued