Friday, 14 June 2019

UPCOMING OUTING: Burchell's Coucal Ecotrail, Amanzimtoti - 23 June 2019

Malachite Kingfisher


Dear Members & Friends

Sunday 23 June BirdLife Trogons will visit the Burchell’s Coucal Eco-trail, Amanzimtoti.  The Mtentu drive was scheduled for the 23rd June but on investigation the roads have not been fully repaired after the bad rains and only high clearance vehicles are recommended.  Therefore as the outing to the Eco-trail last weekend was cancelled due to heavy rains on Saturday, we are going to try again.  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 (072 355 8837) before setting off. Please let Hazel know if you will be attending the outing.

Meet at Shell Ultra-City garage South Coast (N2 North, heading towards Durban, ie travelling from South to North) at 07:00 and we will travel in convoy from there.

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club
072 355 8837

Saturday, 8 June 2019

CANCELLED: Outing to Burchell's Coucal Eco Trail - 9 June 2019

Dear Members & Friends

Unfortunately the outing to the Eco Trail tomorrow (9 June 2019) has been cancelled due to the sudden storms.  Apologies for the late notification but we were hoping the rain wouldn't continue.

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Saturday, 1 June 2019

UPCOMING OUTING: Burchell's Coucal Eco-trail, Amanzimtoti - 9 June 2019

Dear Members & Friends


Burchell's Coucal


Sunday 9 June BirdLife Trogons will visit the Burchell’s Coucal Eco-trail, Amanzimtoti.  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 (072 355 8837) before setting off. Please let Hazel know if you will be attending the outing.

Meet at Shell Ultra-City garage South Coast (N2 North, heading towards Durban, ie travelling from South to North) at 07:00 and we will travel in convoy from there.

Hope to see you there!
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club
072 355 8837


Sunday, 26 May 2019

Outing Report: Perlemoen Farm, Umzumbe, 26 May 2019




Attending: Danie du Toit, Stan & Val Culley, Stanley & Asothie Gengan, Doug & Angie Butcher, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen

Species identified: 39                                                                      Text: Hazel van Rooyen
                                                                         

An Umzumbe farmer invited the club to visit his property as he is thinking of using it for birding visitors and wanted to start a bird list.  A pleasant morning greeted us at Perlemoen where the gate had already been opened for us and we parked just inside.  The terrain was varied but rugged and offered both forest and grassland species. The fitter ones amongst us scrambled up and down the hillside, producing quite a few species, especially towards the top where the forest opened up to the sunshine.

At the highest point a Grey-headed Bushshrike led us a merry dance flitting amongst the tree-tops whilst an Ashy Flycatcher was content to overlook his terrain.

Grey-headed Bushshrike (photo Hazel van Rooyen)

Ashy Flycatcher (photo Doug Butcher)
























The hills proved too much of an obstacle for the not-so-fit and they did a couple of short walks, spending the rest of the time sitting by one of the small dams underneath shady indigenous trees where we later braaied.  

African Black Duck ( photo Hazel van Rooyen)



African Black Duck ( photo Hazel van Rooyen)

A stream meandered through the low-lying forest, feeding the dams, one of which was home to a pair of African Black Duck which were quite shy, flying in, and immediately disappearing into a shady backwater.
Good company ( photo Doug Butcher)
A most pleasant venue ( photo Hazel van Rooyen)


It was a most pleasant venue and the owner said he would be happy for us to come back whenever we wanted to. We decided to plan a summer visit next time to get the migrants. 




























Order of sight:
Sparrowhawk, Little (seen previous week on our recon visit)
Stork Woolly-necked (seen previous week on our recon visit)
Wood-hoopoe, Green
Darter, African
Starling, Black-bellied
Dove, Red-eyed
Dove, Tambourine
Sunbird, Olive
Camaroptera, Green-backed
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Boubou, Southern
Barbet, Crested
Bushshrike, Grey-headed
Flycatcher, Ashy
Flycatcher, Southern Black
Barbet, White-eared
Starling Glossy
Sunbird, Amethyst
Turaco, Knysna
Weaver, Thick-billed
Mannikin, Bronze
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Barbet, Black-collaredd
Weaver, Spectacled
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped
Sunbird, White-bellied
Robin-Chat, Red-capped
White-eye, Cape
Turaco, Purple-crested
Sunbird, Collared
Duck, African Black
Spurfowl, Natal
Woodpecker, Cardinal
Puffback, Black-backed
Woodpecker, Golden-tailed
Drongo, Square-tailed
Weaver, Dark-backed
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Eagle, African Fish
Hoopoe, African

(All photos property of photographer)

Friday, 17 May 2019

UPCOMING OUTING: Perlemoen Farm, Umzumbe - 26 May 2019


African Green Pigeon

Dear Members & Friends

Sunday 26 May at 7am BirdLife Trogons will visit a new venue in Umzumbe, Perlemoen Farm. There are several walking trails, most of which are up and down the hillside but there are some lovely places to sit at small dams, one being close to the gate where we will park the cars. On our brief visit yesterday we saw a Little Sparrowhawk, amongst others. Bring binoculars, 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.

Please let Hazel know if you will be attending the outing (072 355 8837).

Directions:  Travelling North on the R102, pass the sign to Pumula on your left.  Turn left at Follyfields Nursery sign.  Travel 2kms and meet at the T-junction at 7am.

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
Birdlife Trogons Bird Club


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Outing report: TC Robertson Nature Reserve - 12 May 2019



Little Bee-eater (photo: Lennart Erikssen)

Present: Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury, Stan & Val Culley, Doug & Angie Butcher, Margie & Clive Cowan, Sandy Olver, Margaret Jones, Lennart & Evelyn Eriksson, Stanley & Asothie Gengan, Hazel Nevin, Kevin Westemann, Hazel & Bob van Rooyen

Species identified: 37                                                                      Text: Hazel van Rooyen

Hazel Nevin, who is involved on the TC Robertson Committee, started us off on this simply gorgeous morning, with a walk in the field next to the Crocodile Farm and above the nursery.  Here we identified Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black-collared Barbet, Sombre Greenbul, Collared Sunbird, Little Bee-eater, Brown Scrub Robin amongst others.  Sadly, we missed out on the Palm-nut Vulture which usually frequents the farm at this time of day.
Little Bee-eater (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

A short drive took us to the pretty bridge over the wetland to Renishaw Hills.  Normally quite a good birding spot, we only identified a pair of Three-banded Plovers, Speckled Mousebird and Village Weaver.  Maybe the area is still recovering from the floods of a few weeks ago.
3-banded Plover (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

Down at TC  Robertson we experienced a similar scenario as the usual walk up to the forest area was halted because of the water-logged pathway.  Nevertheless, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Yellow Weaver, Amethyst Sunbird, Cardinal Woodpecker and a Brown-hooded Kingfisher were seen.
Yellow Weaver (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)


Goliath Heron (photo:Doug Butcher)
At this point we settled down at the picnic spot to braai.  A few people took a stroll to the river's edge to see if they could spot any waders, the only one being a Goliath Heron on the far side. The lovely hide that used to be by the river had been taken away and the small dam was so clogged with reeds that the hide didn’t have a view.  Nevertheless, TC is still on our favourite list, and the beautiful day was enjoyed by all.

Species identified (37)

Barbet, Black-collared
Bee-eater, Little
Bishop, Red
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Camaroptera, Green-backed
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Cormorant, Reed
Dove, Red-eyed
Dove, Tambourine
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Flycatcher, Dusky
Flycatcher, Paradise
Flycatcher, Southern Black
Goose, Egyptian
Greenbul, Sombre
Greenbul, Yellow-bellied
Hamerkop
Heron, Goliath
Ibis, Hadedah
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Lapwing, Blacksmith
Mousebird, Speckled
Plover, Three-banded
Prinia, Tawny-flanked
Robin, Brown Scrub
Robin-Chat, Red-capped
Stonechat, African
Sunbird Collared
Sunbird, Amethyst
Sunbird, Olive
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped
Wagtail, Pied
Weaver, Village
Weaver, Yellow
Whydah, Pin-tailed
Woodpecker, Cardinal





Saturday, 4 May 2019

UPCOMING OUTING: TC Robertson Nature Reserve - 12 May 2019

Black-headed Oriole (Photo: Stan Culley)



Dear Members & Friends

Sunday 12 May 2019 at 07:00 BirdLife Trogons will visit TC Robertson Nature Reserve near Scottburgh. We will start off at the Crocworld car park – Palm Nut Vultures are often seen in the vicinity, but we won’t go into Crocworld itself.  Then we will go down to TC Robertson.  Bring chairs, breakfast and something to braai for lunch.  All Welcome.  There is a R20pp charge for non-members of BirdLife Trogons and R20 per car entrance fee into TC Robertson.  Outings may be cancelled due to weather, check www.birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com or phone Hazel on 072 355 8837 before setting off. 

Please let Hazel know if you will be attending the outing.

We will meet at Crocworld car park at 7am.  From N2 highway take exit 110 towards R102 Scottburgh/Dududu and follow the signs.
GPS: -30° 15′ 20.73″, +30° 46′ 15.71″

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club
072 355 8837

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Outing report: San Lameer Golf Estate - 28 April 2019

Pied Kingfisher (F) 



Attendees: Pete & Ann Wright, Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury, Margie Cowan, Doug Butcher, Margaret Jones, Val Culley, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen

                                                                                   Text and photos: Hazel van Rooyen
38 species identified

After the horrendous rains of two weeks ago, Sunday dawned sunny and innocent and for once we didn’t have to pack rain-coats, although some did pack their wellies.  Pete and Ann Wright, residents at San Lameer, kindly led our group to the best birding spots and even found us the juvenile Crowned Eagle.

Crowned Eagle (juv)
The forest walk produced Black-collared Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Lemon Dove, amongst others.  On a small dam a pair of Pied Kingfishers were busy fishing, unconcerned by our arrival.  

Pied Kingfishers (the male has the double breast band)
At this point breakfast and coffee became a priority and this venue was perfect for it.

On another walk which led to the lagoon (now mostly mud after the recent rains) we found a Goliath Heron, Blacksmith Lapwing and Three-banded Plover.
Goliath Heron

We ended the day’s birding with a braai at the picnic spot next to the beach which was very comfortable with all the amenities including a small shop/cafe.  It was a great venue, most relaxing, and we also enjoyed the resident wildlife – bushbuck, impala and duiker.

Bushbuck 

Thanks to everyone for their great company and especially Pete & Ann Wright.  We will come again.


38 species identified

Barbet, Black-collared
Batis, Chinspot
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Cameroptera, Green-backed
Crow, Pied
Dove, Lemon
Dove, Red-eyed
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Duck, Yellow-billed
Eagle, African Fish
Eagle, Crowned (Juv)
Egret, Little
Flycatcher, Dusky
Flycatcher, Southern Black
Goose, Egyptian
Greenbull, Sombre
Hamerkop
Heron, Goliath
Heron, Grey
Hoopoe, African
Ibis, Hadedah
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Kingfisher, Malachite
Kingfisher, Pied (M&F)
Lapwing, Blacksmith
Oriole, Black-headed
Plover, Three-banded
Robin-Chat, Red-capped
Starling, Cape Glossy
Starling, Red-winged
Stork, Woolly-necked
Sunbird, Amethyst
Sunbird, Olive
Thick-knee, Water
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped
Wagtail, Cape
Weaver, Thick-billed
Wood-hoopoe, Green




Thursday, 4 April 2019

Upcoming outing: Umdoni Park, Pennington - 14 April 2019

Dear Members
Green Twinspot (photo Stan Culley)


Sunday 14 April 2019 at 6.30 BirdLife Trogons will visit Umdoni Park, Pennington.  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 Barrie Willis on 039 312 1311 before setting off.  For further details telephone Barrie on 039 312 1311 or Sue on 082 381 9394.  Please let Barrie know whether you will be attending.

Directions
Take the N2 towards Durban – take exit 93 for R102 toward Sezela.  Turn right onto R102.  Travel 4.8km then turn right into Pennington Drive. After 655m turn right into Minerva Avenue.  Continue to Umdoni Park entrance and follow the road around until you get to the Environmental Centre.  Park and meet here.
Set GPS to DD MM SS.S  = S30 23 32.2   E30 41 21.7

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club

Monday, 1 April 2019

Outing Report: Bushbuck Trail, Southbroom - 24 March 2019



Attendees: Margie Cowan, Barrie Willis & Sue Hansbury, Sue & Graham Salthouse, Jona Jacobs, Mike Lavin, Doug Butcher, Robin Eccles, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen (11)
White-fronted Plover (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

Species identified (25)                                                                Text: Hazel van Rooyen

A beautiful sunny day greeted this morning’s Trogons club outing and while we waited for everyone to arrive at our meeting point, the first birds we saw was a flock of seven Trumpeter Hornbills.  Moving on down to the trail, we were greeted by the usual cock-a-doodle-do in this area – always a friendly sound but not quite what we were looking for. 

Crossing the grassland we noticed that a super jungle gym had been erected for visiting children – sorry pensioners, only under 12’s allowed!  At the tennis club, we also observed that new brick braais had been built and the verandah had been extended.  You could see a lot of hard work had been put into the garden which had improved the overall look and the examples of indigenous flora were growing well.  Most interesting too.

The Bushbuck trail was quiet except for the continuous pop-pop-pop of the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird.  A sunny patch of bush produced Bronze and Red-backed Mannikins plus Paradise Flycatcher and more activity was seen when we came out of the forest on to the sunny road.  Here we saw Cape White-eye, Sombre Greenbul, Speckled Mousebird, Black-collared Barbet and White-eared Barbet amongst others.
Black-collared Barbet (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

After breakfast we wandered across the road, over the golf course to the beach and along the Frederika Trail.  We were brought to an abrupt halt where a large tree had fallen across the path and had to back-track, there was no getting over or under that. A helpful young man said he would organise a clean-up operation, it had probably happened as a result of the strong winds we had been experiencing recently, the tail end of Cyclone Idai.  Back on the beach Robin spotted two White-fronted Plovers huddled in a sheltered nook atop an outcrop of rocks.  At our approach they flew off on to the sand and stood with their eyes closed against the windswept beach.  I felt sorry we had disturbed them.
White-fronted Plovers (photo: Hazel van Rooyen)

As it was getting very hot we decided to return to the shade by the tennis club and held a short committee meeting.  Doug and Robin visited the whale deck but didn’t get any further sightings.


It was a bit of a disappointing day bird-wise but wonderful to get out in the fresh air with good company.  Thanks to everyone.





Species identified:

Barbet, Black-collared

Barbet, White-eared
Bulbul, Dark-capped
Crowned, Trumpeter
Dove, Red-eyed
Flycatcher, Paradise
Goose, Egyptian
Greenbul, Sombre
Hornbill, Trumpeter
Ibis, Hadedah
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded
Mannikin, Bronze
Mannikin, Red-backed
Mousebird, Speckled
Puffback, Black-backed
Starling, Red-wing
Sunbird, Collared
Sunbird, Olive
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped
Turaco, Knysna
Turaco, Purple-crested
Waxbill, Common
Weaver, Spectacled
White-eye, Cape
Woodpecker, Golden-tailed



Saturday, 16 March 2019

TROGONS UPCOMING OUTING - Bushbuck Trail, Southbroom

Dear Members and Friends

Trumpeter Hornbill (photo: Stan Culley)



Sunday 24 March at 6.30am BirdLife Trogons will visit Bushbuck Trail, Southbroom.  Bring chairs, breakfast and a PICNIC lunch (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 on 072 355 8837 before setting off.  For further details  visit the blog.

PLEASE LET HAZEL KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE OUTING BY FRIDAY 

From the R61 turn at the robots and meet near the entrance to Southbroom North
Set GPS to DD MM SS.S  =  S30 54 45.9  E30 18 46.3

Kind regards
Hazel van Rooyen
Secretary
BirdLife Trogons Bird Club