|WhatsApp group for Wits Bird Club members
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Sunday Atlasing Day
|Atlasing days are held once a month to atlas the pentads falling within the Greater Gauteng area. You don’t have to be an expert to join in, you can travel with an experienced atlaser and learn how to atlas. If you would like to learn more or take part, please contact: Werner van Goethem on 082-462-7108.
Wednesday Evening Meeting
|The purpose of the upcoming meeting for the West Rand Bird Club is to openly discuss the way forward, recruit new committee members, and address any remaining questions following the Annual General Meeting in January. We hope that you will be truly invested in the future of the club, please make every effort to attend and contribute to its rebuilding
|18h45 for 19h00
|Discovery Bowling Club, 4 Trichard Avenue, Discovery
Rufous-eared Warbler – photo by Warwick Tarboton
Calendars are now on sale at R130 delivered.
Please order from Lauraine.
|The Boons Road is a rural dirt road that runs between the town of Boons and the N14 Ventersdorp road. The adjacent grassland and cultivated fields hold many grassland species and Orange River Francolin, Quailfinch, Eastern Clapper Lark, and Greater Kestrel are regularly seen. The target bird for the day will be Rufous-eared Warbler that was discovered as an isolated population many kilometres east of its known breeding area. This outing will be limited to 5 Vehicles.
|07h00 at the point will be where the tar road ends, and the dirt road starts.
Looking for a Special for your Life List?
Is there a bird that you really want to see for your Life List? Let Andy know and we will try and tailor a trip to find it.
|Andy Featherstone (083 259 0231)
East Rand Bird Club
Tuesday Evening Meeting
African Pitta –
photo by Rogerio F Fereirra
|Chris Hines will be giving a presentation on the Birds, Butterflies and Beasts of Angola.
|18h45 for 19h00
|Country Life Retirement Village, Brentwood Park
Thursday Evening Meeting
Cassie Carstens “Secretarybirds”
Secretarybird – photo by Warwick Tarboton
|Once common across the open savannas and grasslands of South Africa, Secretarybird numbers have declined dramatically over the past two decades. Habitat loss and extreme landscape modifications, collisions with power lines and fences, and a possible decline in prey items are but a few of the reasons that have led to this decline. Join Cassie Carstens, BirdLife South Africa’s Secretarybird Conservation Officer, on a journey across the country following these iconic African birds and learn what conservation and research work is being done to ensure their survival.
|18h45 for 19h00
|Linden Bowling Club,
|R30 inclusive of tea, coffee & snacks. Drinks and meals are available from the Bar.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Spike-heeled Lark – photo by Warwick Tarboton
|Rietvlei Nature Reserve comprises 3 800 ha of Highveld grassland with occasional patches of acacia woodland. The Rietvlei Dam and the Marais Dam are linked by the Grootvlei Spruit and there is an extensive network of roads around the Reserve. As the reserve now contains some of the Big Five, visitors are only allowed to alight from their vehicles at designated picnic spots. African Finfoot has been observed from the bridge over the spruit and the grasslands are a prime area for larks and cisticolas. This outing will be limited to 5 Vehicles.
|07h30 at entrance.
|Dave Bentley (083 253 4995)
|An entrance fee is payable
|4, 6 & 7 March
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Online Course
Aldo Berruti’s “Raptors”
Bateleur – photo by Kevin Fowler
|Raptors are difficult! This course covers 65 of the most common raptors of South Africa. It will really help you to crack the perennial problem of large brown raptors – eagles, buzzards and more, and other groups such as goshawks and harriers. This course emphasizes process and species detail; it emphasizes shape (GISS) which is not sufficiently highlighted in identification texts. Aldo offers multiple images of each species, and engages you with annotation, polls, and repetitive work to help instill protocols for raptor identification. The three 90-minute Sessions are as follows:
Three 75–90-minute sessions as shown below:
Session 1. Principles of raptor ID – falcons & kestrels
Session 1: Monday, 4 March at 19:00
Session 2: Wednesday, 6 March at 19:00
Session 3: Thursday, 7 March at 19:00
The course includes detailed presentations, links to recordings of each session which are available for 7 days, and permanent low-res pdfs at the end of the course for reference.
|18h45 for 19h00
|R375 members, R475 for families, R425 non-members, R550 non-member families.
PAYMENTS FOR ALL COURSES & OUTINGS TO BE MADE TO:
BANK – NEDBANK CRESTA
BRANCH CODE: 191-305ACCOUNT NO: 1913 257 789
NAME OF ACCOUNT: WITS BIRD CLUB
|3 March – Sunday Outing
Mokoya Lodge, Hekpoort
9 March – Atlasing Day
Various Pentads TBC
|12 March – Tuesday Outing
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
21-24 March – Long Weekend Outing
Elgro River Lodge, Potchefstroom
|23 March – Saturday Outing
Dinokeng Game Reserve
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