March 2017 Newsletter
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CAPE BIRD CLUB NEWSLETTER                               March 2017




Book Table Alert
Tribute to Des Frylinck
Club Activities  - Please note the change of date for the Sunday Outing to Koeberg Nature Reserve
Bird Counts and Hacks
Kirstenbosch Bird Walks
Rondevlei Outings

Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the newsletter.


Hot off the press:-  Peter Ryan`s new book – “Guide to the Seabirds of Southern Africa”.
This book will be on sale at the Course at a cost of R150.

PLUS:-  Copies of Peter Steyn`s new book – “Memories of a Birdwatcher” will also be on sale at a cost of R275.

Please remember we only accept cash and all proceeds  go to the Cape Bird Club.

Our usual selection of Bird books and Natural History books will also be on sale.
Tribute to Des Frylinck
On behalf of the Chairman, the CBC committee and fellow members we would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Mary Frylinck and family on the death of Des Frylinck.
Although Des and Mary had resigned from the CBC due to health problems they were very much a part of the Club for many years and will be remembered by many of our members.


Saturday 4 March
Outing to Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Leader: Merle Chalton (phone 079 343 1047)

Meet at 08h00. These regular monthly outings are for all Rondevlei enthusiasts and beginners are especially welcome. Duration 2½ hrs.
Remember to bring a warm jacket or anorak - it can be freezing in the hides, even on the hottest days!
Directions: Travel down the M5 (Prince George Drive) towards Grassy Park and look out for Nando’s at the 5th Avenue traffic light. Turn left here into 5th Avenue and at the first set of traffic lights turn right into Perth Road and continue to Rondevlei at the end of the road.

Thursday 9 March
Meet at 20h00
.  Do come along to your club’s AGM and hear about the CBC’s activities over the past year. During the meeting, the new CBC Committee will be elected. Please consider becoming more involved in the running of your club − we need new office bearers! (See page 5 for full details.)
After the business of the meeting, our President, Peter Steyn, will regale us with an amusing and entertaining talk entitled: Shakespeare’s Birds.

We meet at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands.
Tea and biscuits are served after the meeting at a cost of R5.00.
Visitors are welcome - there is a charge of R10.00 for visitors and non-members.

Tuesday 14 March
Weekday Outing to Silvermine Nature Reserve

Leader: Kim Wright  (phone 082 923 6516) or email

Meet at 09h00 in the bottom car park just near the entrance gate. The entrance fee is R45 if you don’t have a Wild Card. The veld is recovering beautifully and the bird life should be interesting. Kim is an experienced bird guide and knows the area well.
Directions: The reserve is accessed from Ou Kaapse Weg. Coming from the Tokai/Steenberg side, drive to the top of Ou Kaapse Weg and look for the Silvermine turnoff on your right. Turn here and follow the road to the entrance gate. From the Noordhoek side, the turnoff will be on your left.

Sunday 26 March
Sunday Outing to Koeberg Nature Reserve

Leader: Peter Nupen (phone 079 078 4696 or email

Meet at 08h45 for 09h00. This reserve is one of our favourite venues. It includes two major veld types: West Coast Strandveld and Duineveld and 153 bird species have been recorded. You can also look out for grysbok, steenbok, bontebok, springbok, and grey mongoose.
NB: Please take along your identification documents which are necessary to gain entrance to the Koeberg Nature Reserve, which lies inside the Koeberg Power Station grounds.

Directions: Coming from Cape Town, take the R27 West Coast Road past Table View and stay on this road. Pass through the intersection where one would turn left to Bloubergstrand. Continue on the R27 until you come to the entrance to Koeberg Power Station on your left hand side. The gated entrance is marked by white pillars where there is a security boom. Once inside the Koeberg premises,proceed straight for about a kilometre, go around a small traffic circle, and we will meet in the car park immediately below the Koeberg Information Centre. (Alternatively, take the N7 out of Cape Town and turn left on the link road to Bloubergstrand. After about 5 km, turn right at the traffic lights onto the R27, and continue as above.)
The drive is 40-50 km, so give yourself plenty of time.


Sunday 5 March: Kirstenbosch BIRP Count. 
Meet at 08h00
Leader: John Magner (082 881 3845)

Thursday 9 March: Wildevoelvlei Count
Meet at 08h30
Leader: Eric Barnes (021 782 5429)

Saturday 11 March: Zandvlei Hack

Meet at 14h00
Leader: Gavin Lawson (021 705 5224)

Sunday 12 March:  Strandfontein Count 
Meet at 08h00 
Leader: Dick Barnes (021 689 1106)

Thursday 16 March:  Athlone WWTW Count
Meet at 13h00
Leader: Dick Bos (021 423 2546)
These counts will take place weather permitting

Saturday 25 March: Paarl Bird Sanctuary CWAC
Meet at 09h00
Leader: Yvonne Weiss (021 872 4972)


Tuesday 14 March
Led by
Dennis Laidler
Meet at 8 am

These bird walks are led by members of the Cape and Tygerberg Bird Clubs.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about our Kirstenbosch birds is welcome to join the walks.
The walks are free of charge but the entrance fee for Kirstenbosch is payable if you do not have a BotSoc Card.
The walk usually lasts around 2 hours, please wear suitable clothing for the weather.

Meet at 8.00 am
at the Information Desk at Gate One.

Please contact Linda Hibbin on 021 788 1528, or e-mail if you have any questions

Rondevlei Outings

The Rondevlei Outings take place on the first Saturday of each month.  
They are led by Merle Chalton who sent in this report. 

Rondevlei, one of the W Cape's remaining wetlands, still fulfills its wonderful role as a sponge, filtering and cleaning water through its layers, and providing a perfect environment for all forms of life.
The December, January and February outings each had about 16 people and totals of nearly 60 species, including some special birds, were seen on each outing.
Most of the waterbirds were there and, as the water level decreased, migrant waders were sighted as well :-  Ringed Plovers, Greenshank, Marsh and Wood Sandpipers and a Three Banded Plover with three chicks.  The SMS.,  (Swifts,Martins and Swallows),   were also abundant : - Barn, White-throated and Greater- striped Swallows, African Black, Little and White-Rumped Swifts,  Rock and Brown-throafed Martins.
The Raptors were swooping, gliding and harrying around :- African Marsh Harrier, White-necked Raven, Rock Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite, as well as the Intra-African migrant, the Yellow-billed Kite.  Caspian, Swift and Common Terns also appeared, as well as the Sunbirds:- Southern Double-collared, a Malachite just coming into breeding plumage, and an exciting sighting by Joel, a young birder, of the Amethyst Sunbird.
Unfortunately, we never saw the Painted Snipe, European Honey Buzzard, Western Osprey or the Spotted Crake that had been spotted by others during the previous weeks, but we had a perfect view, a couple of metres away, of a pair of African Snipe. 

Another exciting sighting at Rondevlei during February 2017 was a Baillon's Crake that was seen by several birders.  


Keen birders at Rondevlei in December 2016
Photo supplied by Merle Chalton

Birders at Rondevlei for the February 2017 Outing
Photo supplied by Merle Chalton

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If you would like to become a member of the Cape Bird Club, please go to our website to download the
application form or contact Joan Ackroyd on or call 021 530 4435 for more information

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