Monthly Reminder



6-2024                                   JUNE 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.

18 June

East Rand Bird Club

Tuesday Evening Meeting

Augur Buzzardphoto by Warwick Tarboton

A photographic journey by Dave Cooley on his experiences in the Caprivi and Chobe
Time: 18h45 for 19h00
Meet: Country Life Retirement Village, Brentwood Park
20 June

Thursday Evening Meeting

Craig Nattrass “What has bird ringing gotten me into?”

From flufftails to vultures, ibises to pelicans, and everything in between, I’ve had the pleasure of encountering a diverse range of bird species. I’ve had some pretty wild experiences, like taking blood while dangling from the end of a rope, giving mouth-to-mouth to a raptor, and even sitting under a rubbish bag in a landfill! You might be wondering how I got into these situations. Well, for me, it’s all part of the wonderful world of citizen science. I’m excited to share these quirky stories with you to showcase just how amazing citizen science can be.
Time: 18h45 for 19h00
Meet: Linden Bowling Club
Cost: R30 members inclusive of tea, coffee & snacks. R40 non-members. Drinks are available from the Bar.
Buffy Pipit 22 June

Saturday Outing

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

Buffy Pipitphoto by Warwick Tarboton

Cartoon Shocked Business Woman Using Binoculars #10404 by Ron Leishman .

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.

The reserve is situated on the Bankenveld, a transition zone between the grassland biome to the south, and the savannah to the north. The bird list (286) therefore comprises species from both biomes. For the enterprising LBJ sorters, as many as seven lark species and four different pipits can be located here. Shelley’s Francolin may tantalize you with their “I’ll drink YOUR beer” call. Aardvark and Aardwolf may also be encountered.
Meet: 8:00 just outside the gate
Cost: There is an entrance fee payable
Leader: Awie Coetzee (083 677 7097)
26 June

Wednesday Outing

President Ridge Bird Sanctuary

Thick-billed Weaverphoto by Warwick Tarboton

Join Gill for a gentle walk around President Ridge Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary has many interesting species to find, Malachite Kingfisher, Thick-billed Weavers, Lesser Honeyguide and even Black Sparrowhawk are all regularly seen. After the walk relax with coffee and rusks at the picnic spot and just enjoy the tranquillity of this oasis in a busy metropolis.
Meet: 09h30 at entrance
Leader: Gill Isaac (082 655 9283)
12 – 14 July

Weekend Outing

Santa Estate, Dullstroom

Gurney’s Sugarbird – photo by Warwick Tarboton

Santa Estate is situated approximately 10km north of Dullstroom and forms a part of the Steenkampsberg. The Steenkampsberg IBA is characterised largely by high-altitude windswept montane grasslands ranging between 1,700m and 2,300m with scattered intermittent rocky outcrops. The area is home to >300 bird species, a large number being endemic or near-endemic, with over 25 endemic birds being recorded on Santa Estate, approximately one-third of all of southern Africa’s famous endemics. The Verloren Valei Nature Reserve is an immediate westerly neighbour of Santa Estate. Key species which may be seen/heard include Red-winged Francolin, Southern Bald Ibis, Gurney’s Sugarbird, African Grass Owl, Blue Crane, and Ground Woodpecker.

The accommodation will be in serviced traditional stone cottages with roaring log fires to take away the chill of the winter

Cost: R1,445pp sharing. R850 single supplement. Self-catering.
Leader: Andy Featherstone (083 259 0231)
10 – 13 October

Long Weekend Outing

Dunns Camp, Selati Game Reserve

Thick-billed Cuckoos – photo by Anthony Cavanagh

Two birds on a tree branch

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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
PHOTO-2024-04-03-16-22-33.jpg 6 – 10 November (Fully booked)

*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 1 and 2 June: Janet Kennedy

Weekend of 8 and 9 June: Pieter Hansen

Weekend of 15 and 16 June: Colin van der Meulen

Public Holiday 17 June: Andy Featherstone

Weekend of 22 and 23 June: Carol Webber

Weekend of 29 and 30 June: Valerie Miller

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

Future Events
10 July – Wednesday Outing

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

13 July – Atlasing Day

Various Pentads TBC

14 July – Sunday Outing

Hoogland Heath Hydro

16 – 28 July – CWAC and CAR

Various venues as per programme

16 July – Tuesday Evening Meeting

East Rand Club Meeting – Carina Pienaar

27 July – Saturday Afternoon Meeting

Main Club Meeting – Quiz

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