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Trip reports

  • Trip report: van der Stel Pass
    It was a cold and cloudy day as twelve birders left Onrus towards the van der Stel pass. Everyone agreed that it was a very pleasant outing with new friends made and old friendships rekindled. Despite the cold and cloudy start to the day, almost 60 bird species were identified with everyone looking forward to the next outing.
  • Trip report: Mini Pelagic out of Hermanus
    Lester van Groeningen arranged with a local fisherman to take us on a mini-pelagic cruise out of Hermanus New Harbour. The four birders were elated with what they experienced.
  • Trip report: Stanford and surrounds
    The day dawned clear and surprisingly warm as we met at Eastcliff Spar carpark on our way to Stanford. It was a privilege to discover some of the lesser-known trails in Stanford.
  • Trip report: Birders in the Mist: Rooiels, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and Stony Point 
    Eleven intrepid birders drove enthusiastically to Rooiels, the spot of the vulnerable Cape Rockjumper population.
  • Trip report: Paul Cluver outing
    After a week or so of high temperatures and humidity, the morning dawned grey and drizzly with a promise of cloud but lighter skies. Optimistically 12 cars met in the Onrus carpark determined to beat the damp climes and excited at the prospect of birding on a wine farm. Birds and wine – you can’t get better than that!

Events

  • BirdLife Overberg year-end function 2022
    At BirdLife Overberg’s year-end function fifteen members each showcased their five favourite photographs taken during the year.
  • October Talk: Gravel Road Birding – Napier Style
    The birding potential of the Napier region particularly as far as overseas birders are concerned was well illustrated through species such as Cape Clapper and Agulhas Long-billed larks, Cape Grassbird, Cape Longclaw and many more.

Bird of the year

  • The Bateleur as the Bird of the Year 2024
    BirdLife South Africa recently announced that the Bateleur is Bird of the Year 2024. “Surely a Bateleur soaring high above the African bushveld, with its rocking, gliding motion, is one of the most iconic sights of our country and indeed our continent?”
  • World Parrot Day will focus on fate of the vanishing Cape Parrot
    Since its inauguration in London by the World Parrot Trust in 2004, World Parrot Day highlights the threat to wild and captive parrots throughout the world.
  • The Bird of the Year 2023: The Cape Parrot
    BirdLife South Africa announced that the Bird of the Year for 2023 will be the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). The usual educational resources will once again be released throughout the year.

Monthly counts

  • January 2023 Observations
    We managed to record 259 species that are the highest score for a single month, except for the three previous Birding Big Day months.
  • Birds recorded in the Overberg since March 2020
    We reacted to the COVID19 lockdown period by requesting members, collaborators and friends to report bird species recorded in the Overberg each month. n the end we managed to record more than 350 species in the Overberg region since March 2020.
  • December 2022 Observations
    A total of 285 species have been identified during December. Most of the species on this list were recorded on Birding Big Day on 3 December. Maybe 300 species in one month could be attainable in future?
  • Birds recorded in the Overberg on Birding Big Day 2022
    This impressive list of species was recorded in the Overberg region on Birding Big Day. A total of 252.
  • November 2022 observations
    A total of 233 species were seen by members and friends of BirdLife Overberg during November 2022.

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