Monthly Reminder



7-2024                                   JULY 2024

WhatsApp group for Wits Bird Club members

Please follow this link to join the group for reminders for meetings, courses, and outings and events.  Joining the group is voluntary, but we trust it will help to keep members up to date with our offerings, changes, and with last minute reminders.  Only Admins can post on the group, so it is not used for replies or general chat.  Please continue to contact Lauraine for other matters.

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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.

17 July Rolfes & Park Haven Pans
20 July Bullfrog Pan & Korsman Bird Sanctuary
21 July Elandsvlei & Varkfontein Pans
28 July Marievale, Blesbokspruit
28 July Klipvoor Dam, Borakalalo NP
27 July Rayton CAR Logo
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Saturday 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.
16 July

East Rand Bird Club

Tuesday Evening Meeting


Grey Crowned Crane – photo by Warwick Tarboton

Carina Pienaar will be talking about the Ingula Conservation Project
Time: 18h45 for 19h00
Meet: Country Life Retirement Village, Brentwood Park
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Saturday Afternoon Meeting

Christmas in July

We are thrilled to be celebrating Christmas in July with a special event. Our event will feature entertainment by quizmaster Carol Lippert. Carol has been an avid birder for nearly 20 years and enjoys contributing to citizen science through atlasing. During our event, Carol will be hosting one of her highly acclaimed quizzes to test your birding knowledge. We invite you to join us for a fun get-together, complete with refreshments, prizes and a warming glass of gluhwein. Teams will be made up of experienced and less experienced birders, even non-birders so come and beat the winter chill.
Time: 14h15 for 14h30
Meet: Linden Bowling Club
Cost: R50 inclusive of refreshments and entry into a prize draw. Drinks are available from the Bar.
10 – 13 October

Long Weekend Outing

Dunns Camp, Selati Game Reserve

Thick-billed Cuckoos – photo by Anthony Cavanagh

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At almost 28,000 ha in extent, Selati is one of the largest private game reserves in the region and an important haven for the conservation of rare mammals such as African Wild Dog, Cheetah and Lion. With over 320 bird species recorded to date, birders are well catered for, with regular sightings of Thick-billed Cuckoo, breeding Martial Eagles, and a host of broad-leaved woodland specials. The dawn chorus along the Selati River is unforgettable, as is the quality and diversity of bird sightings.
Cost: R6,723.00 pp sharing for 3 nights & 4 days.

Rate includes accommodation, three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, specialist instructors, walks and game drives.

Leader: EcoTraining guides
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*NEW DATES* 10 – 14 November

5 Day Trip

Sekoma Island, Zambia

African Skimmer photo by Lance Robinson

We have teamed up with Tembele Ecological Services and are excited to offer a trip to one of the most idyllic birding locations in Africa: Sekoma Island on the upper Zambezi River (Zambia), a destination that provides a great diversity of birds. Birding and game viewing is mostly done on a boat, and we will be visiting some iconic African destinations including the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Victoria Falls (Zambia), and explore the vast waterways of the great Zambezi River. Some of the target species include Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Finfoot, Schalow’s Turaco, Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer, and Lesser Jacana.
Book: (bookings will be confirmed through Tembele)
Cost: R17,850.00 per person sharing for 4 nights & 5 days.

This special rate includes airport transfers, accommodation, three meals daily, non-alcoholic beverages, walks, all boat trips, and game drives. Excludes: International flights, Visas, Gratuities, Victoria Falls entrance fees, and any items of a personal nature.

Tour Leader: Lance Robinson (082 927 9785)



BRANCH CODE: 191-305ACCOUNT NO: 1913 257 789


President Ridge Bird Sanctuary

Volunteer Duties

Weekend of 13 and 14 July: Marjorie Graham

Weekend of 20 and 21 July: Wendy Pote

Weekend of 27 and 28 July: Jenny Ward

Thank you to all our volunteers who perform opening and closing duties at President Ridge Bird Sanctuary.

Future Events
6 August – Tuesday Outing

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

18 August – Atlasing Day

Various Pentads TBC

25 August – Sunday Outing

Devon Grasslands

11 August – Sunday Outing

Parys and Vredefort Dome, Free State

20 August – Tuesday Evening Meeting

East Rand Club Meeting – Peet Zwannekin

29 August – Thursday Evening Meeting

Main Club Meeting – Niel Cillié

The Protection of Personal Information Act (aka POPIA)

POPIA came into effect on 1 July 2021. The Act requires that we obtain your consent to communicate with you in the future. If you are happy to keep receiving emails from us there’s no need to do anything. If you wish to be removed from our mailing list or change your mind at any time in the future, please notify Lauraine