On March 31st, a glorious autumnal morning, eight eager birders set out for a morning’s bird-watching to the salt pan at Vermont – Outing report by Viv can be read here!
On March 31st, a glorious autumnal morning, eight eager birders set out for a morning’s bird-watching to the salt pan at Vermont – Outin...
Bryan Butler's entertaining report on the Walker Bay Bird Fair can be seen on Western Cape Birding http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/news/2069/...
Debbie Alexander, John Gordon (winner of Swarovski Bino's) and Liz Hochfelden Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Walker Bay Bird Fair raff...
Peter, Liz and the Bird Fair Committee, I would like to thank you for organising a fantastic Bird Fair! From the Dyer Island Sea Bird Cruise (...
Bryan Butler's entertaining report on the Walker Bay Bird Fair can be seen on Western Cape Birding http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/...
Bryan Butler's entertaining report on the Walker Bay Bird Fair can be seen on Western Cape Birding&n...
Debbie Alexander, John Gordon (winner of Swarovski Bino's) and Liz Hochfelden Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Walker Bay Bird...
On March 31st, a glorious autumnal morning, eight eager birders set out for a morning’s bird-watching to the salt pan at Vermont &nd...
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Bryan Butler’s entertaining report on the Walker Bay Bird Fair can be seen on Western Cape Birding http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/news/2069/walker_bay_bird_fair_report_by_bryan_butler_of_somerset_west_bird_club
Debbie Alexander, John Gordon (winner of Swarovski Bino’s) and Liz Hochfelden
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Walker Bay Bird Fair raffle. The editor of the Hermanus Times kindly performed the draw for us!
- Swarovski Binoculars – John Gordon (Stanford local!)
- Richie Ryall artwork (numbered print ) – Ian Oliver
- Blue Gum Dinner, Bed and Breakfast – Stefaan Loubser
- 12 bottles of Raka Wine – Simon Oliver
Peter, Liz and the Bird Fair Committee,
I would like to thank you for organising a fantastic Bird Fair!
- From the Dyer Island Sea Bird Cruise (which was fabulous, even though we didn’t see many sea birds, it was wonderful to see Dyer Island)
- To Mel Tripp interviewing Vernon Head
- The Strettons/Zeiss prize-giving and auction.
- The bright and early bird ringing at Fernkloof – which I found so interesting.
- The talk by Peter Ryan on Gough Island
- Fynbos Corridors by Bongani Mnisi, he’s doing such amazing work with school children.
- Tim Appleton’s talks about birding in the UK and the British Bird Fair, were so interesting. We enjoyed meeting him too. (Ditto from Bob)
- And last but not least the Zeiss Bird Brain quiz with John Maytham, which was great fun.
Thanks again I had a great time!
Dear Liz and Peter
Stuart and I would like to congratulate you both on organizing a 5-star Fair this past week. From the layout of the marquees to the professional programme , the outings, the photographic competition, the festivities – we thoroughly enjoyed being there and learned so much from the passionate and knowledgeable presenters. We know how much work goes into a week such as this – it literally takes a year to plot and plan. Well, we thought it came together fantastically.
Sincere thanks to your entire team who worked so hard to make it the success that it was.
Well done- and thank you. You even organized the good weather!
Denise and Stuart Anderson
Hope you have had time to relax a bit after the Fair. Thank you for inviting us. I was glad that Christine and Lesbury could join me as I found it quite lonely in 2013. We really enjoyed it and have learned so much and have quite a few lifers to add to our list. Your speakers were great and very informative. I wanted to chat at the quiz when I registered, but decided to do it at the end but you were gone when it ended. Next time I will definitely make time to chat now that I know who you are. We are having our outing on Monday and will be promoting next yrs. event with enthusiasm.
Looking for to 2016.
Best wishes for a job well done.
I need to place on record – by way of recognition – the magnificent job you two did in ‘curating’ the recent Walker Bay Bird Fair. If Oscars were due both of you would have been recipients!
I know there are many people involved in a project on this scale but someone had to take the lead. You, Peter, and you, Liz, deserve the warmest and sincerest admiration for your efforts, culminating in a highly successful Fair which will be talked about for some considerable time. I can only surmise how days must have been long (nights even longer!) with the many loose ends having to be tied in readiness for what was, undoubtedly, a splendid affair.
Again, your efforts were mighty and congratulations are entirely in order.
Firstly I would like to thank you and Liz for a very enjoyable weekend and fair! Please also convey our thanks to the rest of your committee and all the other people who were involved. Special thanks also to Royd for the comfortable accommodation.
Thanks and regards,
Liz – Many thanks were made at the weekend to the team, Peter and yourself for putting on a great show. It was a wonderful weekend and you treated us like ‘royals’… It was lovely and to say again, Huge Thanks to you both.
Just a note to say thankyou so much for the Bird Fair . Had a marvellous relaxing time . Well done and to Debz as you call her also ta so much. The sea trip was awesome , the captain was ecstatic about the sardines and Gannets and dolphins . Hope to be there next year .
Best wishes .
Tuesday 27th January 2015 turned out to be a lovely cool day – perfect for bird watching. Nine birders met up at the Stanford Garage at 6.55 am before setting off in two cars for our destination.
There were masses of sea birds on either side of the bridge so we first climbed down to the water on the western side where we had our breakfast snack. Jeremy Rickett had kindly got permission from Tony Weaver (Uilenvlei Conservancy) for us to walk in the bush on the eastern side, to the water’s edge to get a closer look at the numerous birds. See list below:
Avocet Pied, Cape Bulbul, Jackal and Common Buzzard, Red-knobbed Coot, Cape and White-breasted Cormorant, African Darter, Red-eyed and Rock Dove, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo, Fiscal Flycatcher, Egyptian and Spur-winged Goose, Sombre Greenbul, Common Greenshank, Hartlaubs, Kelp Gull, Black-headed Heron, Rock Kestrel, Pied Kingfisher, Black-shouldered Kite, Blacksmith Lapwing, Speckled Mousebird, African Black Oystercatcher, Three-banded and White-fronted Plover, White-necked Raven, Common Starling, Black-winged Stilt, Barn, Greater-striped and White-throated Swallow, Caspian, Common, Sandwich and Swift Terns, Ruddy Turnstone, Cape Wagtail, Common Whimbrel, Fiscal Shrike.
Another perfect birding outing. Home by 12.30 pm
BIRDING AT VILLA FELICITA by Richard Masson
For my birthday this year I spoilt myself and spent 2 days at Villa Felicita (Italian for Absolute Bliss), a private farm with guest house, not quite 10kms outside Stanford towards Salmonsdam Nature Reserve.
This 100 hectare farm, complete with milkwood forest, perennial stream and krantz, has over the past six years been restored to pristine alien free fynbos by owner Wayne Gordon. I stayed there on 24 and 25 September 2014, just after having learnt of the tragic passing of Brummer Olivier, who died in a helicopter accident in the Underberg while carrying out alien vegetation surveys. There was some comfort in the thought that this endemic bird rich environment with alien free vegetation pays tribute to what this greatly respected and admired man stood for.
As always I was there for the birds! The weather was not particularly kind with some late winter rain about, but that did not dampen the spring spirit of the birds. Over the 2 days I identified 103 species with a remarkable count of 21 endemics and 7 near endemics.
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Stanford Bird Club enjoyed a lovely morning on Ernie’s boat, The River Rat, last Sunday, the 5th October, 2014. We saw a total of 34 birds, made it all the more worthwhile! The first bird we saw before the boat departed was an African Hoepoe, which was very special, and the last two unusual birds we saw, as we arrived back, were 2 White-Faced Whistling Ducks!! I had never seen them before, and nor had Ernie.
List of birds seen:
1. African Hoepoe
2. Red Bishop
3. Cape Weaver
4. White-Throated Swallow
5. 2 African Fish Eagles
6. White Breasted Cormorants
7. Jan Fiskaal
6. Three yellow-billed ducks with 2 ducklings
8. Pin-tailed Whydah
9. Guinea Fowl (roosting up in tree)
10. Reed Warbler
11. Black Headed Heron
12. Fork-tailed Drongo
13. Spur-winged Geese
15. Water Dikkop and chick
16. Little Bittern
17. Red-Knobbed Coot
19. Cape Wagtails
20. Blacksmith Lapwing
22. Blue crane
23. Turtle doves
24. Rock Kestrel
25. Sacred Ibis
26. Little swift
27. Lesser Striped Swallows
28. African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene)
30. Reed Cormorant
31. Giant Kingfisher
32. Pied Kingfisher
33. Two White Faced Whistling Ducks
Terrapin (small water turtle) also seen swimming in water.
On a rather cold but DRY day, a few intrepid birders set off for a walk around some of Stanford. We started off at the Bird Hide where we stayed for an hour before completing our walk. Linden kindly made a list of the birds we spotted during the morning. We went from the dam along De Bruin Street, down into Vlei Street, crossed Queen Victoria Street ducking into the magical, Milk Wood forest, over the wooden bridge, and around the wall, which was full of mud, and under water last week. We managed to walk around the wall on the rocks packed up against it. Only four brave members ventured out, and I’m sure we would all agree it was a pleasant and worthwhile outing!
1. Cape reed warbler (2)
2. Cape Wagtail
3. Common Moorhen (6)
4. Mallard Duck
5. Black Crake
6. White Breasted Cormorant (lots)
7. Little Grebe (Dab chick)
8. Red-Knobbed Coot
9. African Swamp Hen (2)
10. White Backed Duck (2)
11. Yellow-Billed Ducks (3 flying)
13. Fork-Tailed Drongo (3)
14. Cape Weavers (building nests)
15. Cape Batis
16. Southern Doubled Collared Sunbirds’ (male and female)
17. Common Waxbill
18. Cape Canary
19. House Sparrow
20. Pin-tailed Whydah
21. Laughing Doves
22. Female Bishops
23. Common Fiscal Shrike
24. Cape Robin Chat,
25. Fiscal Flycatcher
26. Turtle Dove
Lindon also took some photo’s. We finished off the morning with coffee and biscuits at Sarah’s house.