Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Barry Porter Memorial Hide now open for use.

We are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to be able to offer the vulture hide for use.
There will be an official relaunch in March now, as a pre-arranged capture and tagging programme will occupy the whole of February.

We can't express our gratitude enough to the contractor that has given us this stunning hide, which is way beyond our wildest dreams.

Existing Trogons members wishing to use the hide should contact Andy Ruffle please.
Otherwise, non-members can find rates and booking details here.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Outing report- 11th January 2015 Umdoni Park, Pennington

Attendees: Sue Hansbury, Barrie Willis, Edith Bailey, Richard Sharp, Val and Stan Culley, Dennis Beamish, Andre de Meillon, Stanley Gengan, Claude Leroy, Hazel Nevin, Evelyn Heunis, Lennart Eriksson, Eric Kok, Doug and Angie Butcher, Margaret Jones, Sandy Olver and Vaughan Merrick. (19 attendees)

Birds recorded: Black Sparrowhawk, African Goshawk, Egyptian Goose, Sombre Greenbul, Bar-throated Apalis, Narina Trogon, Lemon Dove, Hadeda Ibis, Trumpeter Hornbill, Green-backed Camaroptera, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Burchell's Coucal, Brown Scrub-Robin, Amethyst Sunbird, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Black Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Olive Sunbird, Fork-tailed Drongo, Square-tailed Drongo, Black-backed Puffback, Purple-crested Turaco, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, African Fish-Eagle, Collared Sunbird, Lesser Honeyguide, Black-bellied Starling, Southern Boubou, Black-collared Barbet, Yellow-billed Kite, Ashy Flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole, Terrestrial Brownbul, Spur-winged Goose, Spectacled Weaver, Yellow Weaver, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Dark-capped Bulbul, Hamerkop, Bronze Mannikin, White-eared Barbet, African Crowned Eagle, Red-eyed Dove, Knysna Turaco, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Crowned Hornbill, Tambourine Dove, Cape White-eye. (51 species).

Friday, 9 January 2015

Outing report - Culley's Dam (Gaze Farm), 12th October 2014

Attendees: Margaret Jones;  Herbie & Jeanette Osborne; Ron & Elaine Whitham;  Andrew Pickles;  Hazel Parry; Doug Butcher;  Sue Hansbury;  Barrie Willis;  Stanley & Asothie Gengan;  Mervyn Todd;  Ina de Koker; Vic & Kay Neilson; Bobby & Hazel van Rooyen;  Graham & Patricia Pirie;  Sandy Olver;  Hazel Nevin; Stan & Val Culley and Sipokazi Lubando (Lolly) (25 attendees)

Birds recorded: African Jacana, Malachite Kingfisher, Egyptian Goose, Black Crake, Thick-billed Weaver, Yellow-billed Duck, Sombre Greenbul, Bar-throated Apalis, Purple Heron, Hadeda Ibis, Little Rush-Warbler, Water Thick-knee, Green-backed Camaroptera, Burchell's Coucal, Amethyst Sunbird, Woolly-necked Stork, Violet-backed Starling, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Lazy Cisticola, Grey Cuckooshrike, Yellow-fronted Canary, Olive Sunbird, Fork-tailed Drongo, Black-backed Puffback, Common Waxbill, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Common Moorhen, Purple-crested Turaco, Collared Sunbird, Lesser Striped Swallow, Little Bittern, Red-billed Firefinch, Cape Glossy Starling, Southern Boubou, Long-crested Eagle, Black-collared Barbet, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike, Giant Kingfisher, Southern Black Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Kite, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, African Dusky Flycatcher, Red-winged Starling, Black-headed Oriole, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Green Wood-Hoopoe, Terrestrial Brownbul, Spur-winged Goose, Village Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Yellow Weaver, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black Saw-wing, Dark-capped Bulbul, Bronze Mannikin, Red-eyed Dove, Little Grebe, Tambourine Dove, Pin-tailed Whydah, Cape White-eye. (62 species).

In Memory Jerry Gosnell 20th February 1932 - 9th January 2012

Jerry Gosnell & his wife Marilyn at the launch of his book
'The Beach Book'
(Photo Andy Ruffle)