Saturday, 12 August 2017

CANCELLED: Outing to Lake Eland - 13 August 2017

Dear Members and Friends

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel our birding outing to Lake Eland tomorrow, 13 August due to the adverse weather forecast.

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Friday, 4 August 2017

UPCOMING OUTING: Lake Eland Nature Reserve, 13 August 2017

Dear Members & Friends
 
Long-crested Eagle (photo Stan Culley)
 
Sunday 13 August at 7.00am BirdLife Trogons will visit Lake Eland Nature Reserve at Oribi Gorge.  There is a R40pp entrance fee for pensioners and R60 for adults. Bring chairs, breakfast and something to braai for lunch.  ALL WELCOME.  There is a R20pp charge for non-members of BirdLife Trogons.  Outings may be cancelled due to weather, check www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com or phone Hazel before setting off.  For further details telephone Hazel van Rooyen on 072 355 8837.
 
Please note we cannot respond to text messages or "call me" requests.
PLEASE LET HAZEL KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE OUTING.
 
Meet at the entrance at 7.00am.
Directions: From Port Shepstone take N2 to Harding. Just before Murchison Hospital turn right into road signposted Oribi Flats East.  Proceed down the hill passed NPC factory, then the road climbs up to Oribi Flats. Keep straight on to Lake Eland which is well signed.  Set GPS to DD MM SS.S  =  S30 41 35.7   E30 10 42.8
 
Look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Friday, 21 July 2017

CANCELLED: Outing to iNgeli Forest and harding Dam, 23 July 2017

Dear Members and Friends

Please note our outing this Sunday to iNgeli Forest and Harding Dam has been cancelled due to anticipated wet and cold weather.

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Friday, 14 July 2017

UPCOMING OUTING - iNgeli Forest & Winter CWAC count at Harding Dam



Chorister Robin-Chat (photo Stan Culley)
 
Sunday 23 July at 07:30am BIRDLIFE TROGONS will visit iNgeli Forest and Harding Dam.  Bring chairs, breakfast and a picnic lunch.  ALL WELCOME.  There is a R20pp charge for non-members of BirdLife Trogons.  Outings may be cancelled due to weather, check www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com or phone Hazel before setting off.  For further details telephone ** Hazel van Rooyen on 072 355 8837 or visit the blog.
 
**Please note we cannot respond to text messages or "call me" requests.
PLEASE LET HAZEL KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE OUTING. 
 
Meet at iNgeli Forest Lodge at 07:30am - take N2 road towards Harding/Kokstad.  Continue on N2 road past Harding to Junction of N2/R56.  Turn left towards Kokstad.  Continue approx 7.3km.  Lodge entrance is on the left.  Set GPS to DD MM SS.S  =  S30 32 12.8  E29 41 25.5
 
Many thanks
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club
 

Friday, 30 June 2017

UPCOMING OUTING: 9 July 2017 - Litchi Syndicate, Umtentweni

Dear Members and Friends

Black Crakes (photo: Stan Culley)
Sunday 9 July at 07:30 BirdLife Trogons will visit Litchi Syndicate, Umtentweni.  (Please note that this is a change in the original itinerary which was Shongweni where we will visit in the new year instead.)  Bring chairs, breakfast and a picnic lunch (note no braai).  ALL WELCOME.  There is a R20 pp charge for non-members of BirdLife Trogons.  Outings may be cancelled due to weather, check  www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com or phone Hazel van Rooyen before setting off.  For further details  **telephone  Hazel on 072 355 8837 or visit the blog.
** Please note we cannot respond to text messages or “call me” requests.
PLEASE LET HAZEL KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE OUTING
Meet at turnoff to Litchi Syndicate. From N2 turn inland up the St. Faiths Road or from
R102 coast road turn inland up Rethman Drive and cross the N2.
After approx. 2km look for track on the right with sign for Seafield Farm.
Set GPS to DD MM SS.S
S30 41 42.2  E30 25 21.8
Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Sunday, 25 June 2017

TROGONS OUTING REPORT - Bushbuck Trail, Southbroom, 25 June 2017

Attending:  Doug & Angie Butcher, Alistair Warman, Robin Eccles, Danie du Toit, Graham & Sue Salthouse, Eric Kok, Dave Bishop, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen
Text: Hazel van Rooyen
Species: 35 (see end)
 
On arrival at the Bushbuck Trail, a cock crowed loudly close by, somehow befitting the wintry morning.   Although the sun was just reaching the top-most branches of the forest trees, nobody had, as yet, told the birds.  Stepping into the forest the visibility was poor, all was quiet and a bit eerie – a rustle amongst the carpet of leaves on the forest floor, a twig breaking.  Just the occasional bird called – Red-eyed Dove, Sombre Greenbul, Red-capped Robin-Chat, White-browed Scrub-Robin but they were still in hiding following their night’s slumber.  



However, on emerging into the sunshine, it was as though someone had opened a door and turned on the light.  We stood enthralled as first a Purple-crested Turaco flew from the low branches of a tree in an almost slow-mo  flash of red wings, then Collared, Amethyst and Olive Sunbirds flitted like jewels in the shrubbery and a Southern Black Flycatcher swooped down in an arc on a tasty morsel barely landing to pick it up.  Suddenly a flock of about 20 Trumpeter Hornbill’s flew in, and they entertained us for quite a while flying in and out of the trees, emitting their baby-like calls.
 
Trumpeter Hornbill (photo: Doug Butcher)
Trumpeter Hornbill (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

Trumpeter Hornbill (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)


Glossy Starling (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)






Strolling along the road, we passed the most wonderful gardens with one in particular like a fairy-glade.  Black-backed Puffback, Cardinal Woodpecker, Glossy Starling, Black-collared Barbet and Yellow-fronted Canary and more put in an appearance.

Eventually arriving back at the carpark (we were on a new road) we were enjoying our coffee when Dave noticed some African Green Pigeons high up in a monkey-puzzle tree.  They were still fluffed up against the cold.

African Green Pigeon (photo: Doug Butcher)



African Green Pigeon (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

At this point some folk left for other engagements while Angie & Doug and others braved the beach.  The White-fronted Plover didn’t let us down and scurried around busily but otherwise the beach was lonely and even the dolphins were out too far to photograph.
White-fronted Plover (photo: Doug Butcher)

A quiet morning, but lots of enthusiasm.  Thanks everyone.

“Let no-one cage who you were born to be”

(Photos property of photographer) 

Species: 35


Apalis Bar-throated
Barbet Black-collared
Boubou Southern
Bulbul Black-capped
Bulbul Terrestrial
Canary Yelow-fronted
Dove Red-eyed
Drongo Fork-tailed
Flycatcher Dusky
Flycatcher Southern Black
Greenbul Sombre
Hoopoe African

Hornbill Trumpeter
Kingfisher Brown-hooded
Mousebird Speckled
Pied Wagtail
Pigeon African Green
Prinia Tawny-flanked
Puff-back Black-backed
Robin-Chat Red-capped
Scrub-Robin White-browed
Starling Black-bellied
Starling Glossy
Starling Red-wing

Stork Woolly-necked
Sunbird Amethyst
Sunbird Collared
Sunbird Grey
Sunbird Olive
Tinkerbird Yellow-rumped
Turaco Knysna
Turaco Purple-crested
Weaver Southern Masked
Weaver Spectacled
Woodpecker Cardinal

Monday, 19 June 2017

UPCOMING OUTING - 25 June: Bushbuck Trail, Southbroom

Dear Members and Friends
 
 
Sunday 25 June 7.00am BIRDLIFE TROGONS will visit the Bushbuck Trail in Southbroom.
Bring chairs, breakfast & a picnic lunch. Note: NO BRAAI
 
ALL WELCOME. There is a R20pp charge for non-members of BirdLife Trogons.
Outings  may be cancelled due to weather, check www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com or phone Hazel van Rooyen before setting off. For further details **telephone  Hazel van Rooyen on 072 355 8837 or visit the blog.  
** Please note we cannot respond to text messages or “call me” requests.
 
PLEASE LET HAZEL KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING.
 
From the R61 turn at the robots and meet at 7.00am near the entrance to Southbroom North
Set GPS to DD MM SS.S  =  S30 54 45.9  E30 18 46.3
 
Hope to see you there
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Outing report - Kenneth Stainbank NR, 11 June 2017




Attendees: Stanley & Asothie Gengan, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen, Michelle Pearson
 (Text and photos: Hazel van Rooyen)
Bird count:: 37 (see end)

Kenneth Stainbank is a 230-odd hectare nature reserve next to Yellowwood Park in Durban.  It is well kept and obviously popular with local families on Sunday visits introducing their young ones to nature and the odd mountain biker.
White-eared Barbets
 
We set off from Uvongo in the pitch dark and by the time we arrived at Kenneth Stainbank the birds were beginning to wake up and so were we!  We were a very small band of five birders but the weather was nice and fresh, typical of a KZN winter morning and after scanning the tree canopies surrounding the carpark/picnic area for the usually numerous White-eared Barbets, we took the trail to the left, through grassland interspersed with indigenous forest, especially coral trees coming into bloom  Before we had gone far the trees became busy with birdlife – Black-bellied Starling, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, White-eared Barbet (at last), Sombre Greenbul, Purple-crested Turaco and many others. 
Southern Black Tit
Purple-crested Turaco


Some small grassbirds caught our attention, and a Zitting Cisticola posed uncharacteristically for a short while.
Zitting Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola

Moving further along a herd of impala looked out at us from a splash of bright orange wild dagga, Leonotis Leonurus. 
Impala


Leonotis Leonurus


At the pond, only a Reed Cormorant was interested in doing some fishing while some Yellow Weavers flew back and forth to the dead branches in the middle of the water.  The track passed through more tall grassland where another herd of impala showed their curiosity before sauntering off unconcerned by our presence.


Impala

A forest of stately yellowwood trees led us back to the carpark and some well-earned coffee.  Amongst the yellowwoods we spotted Terrestrial Bulbul, Dark-back Weaver and Southern Black Tit.  

Back at the picnic site Michelle spied a Red-fronted Tinkerbird flitting amongst the thorn trees.  Suitably refreshed, we took the trail down and along the river which proved rather too long and too quiet so we backtracked to the picnic area for a braai. 
Bushbuck
Thanks birders for your good company.

Bird list (37 species)

Barbet Black-collared
Barbet White-eared
Bulbul Dark-capped
Bulbul Terestrial
Canary Yellow-fronted
Dove Red-eyed
Dove Tamborine
Fiscal Common
Flycatcher Ashy
Flycatcher Southern Black
Goose Egyptian
Greenbul Sombre
Ibis Hadedah

Kingfisher Brown-hooded
Mannikin Bronze 
Mousebird Speckled
Oriole Black-headed
Prinia Tawny-flanked
Robin-Chat Red-capped
Scrub-Robin White-browed
Spurfowl Natal
Starling Black-bellied
Starling Cape Glossy
Starling Red-winged
Sunbird Amethyst
Sunbird Collared
Sunbird Grey
Sunbird Olive
Sunbird Scarlet-chested
Tinkerbird Red-fronted
Tit Southern Black
Turaco Purple-crested
Weaver Dark-backed
Weaver Spectacled
Weaver Yellow
White-eye Cape
Woodpecker Golden-tailed

(Photos: property of photographer)