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Recent Sightings: Birding Update KNP, 2007

Date: 2007-07-30

Please find herewith an update on sightings in the KNP for 2007, from some of our dedicated birders. The sightings are listed chronologically.

Implementing Patagial Tagging on Vultures in Southern Africa

Date: 2007-07-26

Bird ringing has been used in southern Africa for almost 60 years as a cost-effective method to study many aspects of the biology of a wide range of species, including raptors. The first birds to be ringed in South Africa were a group of 31 Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) nestlings at the Kranzberg colony in Limpopo in 1948.

Shingwedzi and Croc Bridge: Big Bird Day 2007

Date: 2007-04-26

These brief accounts were compiled by Snowy Botha and Rihann F. Geyser.

Punda Maria Report: Big Bird Day 2007

Date: 2007-04-26

This report on the Punda Maria section of Big Bird Day 2007 was compiled by Peter Baart.

Berg-en-Dal REport: Big Bird Day 2007

Date: 2007-04-26

This report on the Big Birding Day 2007 for Berg en Dal was compiled by Chris Patton.

Sirheni Report: Big Bird Day 2007

Date: 2007-04-26

Sirheni Update: I was a guide for 4 days at Serheni and herewith an account of the experience.

‘Honorary Rangers’ Birding Events:

Date: 2007-04-26

Birding is a very popular extension of many visitors purpose in visiting National Parks.The Honorary Rangers have turned the bird spotting activity into annual focused events where members of the public gather in parks and in teams try and record as many different species in the park in a 24hour period or over a set weekend.

Abrahamskraal Cottage - New Accommodation at West Coast National Park

Date: 2007-04-12

West Coast National Park has a new self catering cottage, situated near the Abrahamskraal waterhole.

SASOL Birds and Birding Fair 4-6 May

Date: 2007-04-03

Few people are aware that Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor pastime in the world – second only to gardening. In an effort to introduce this delightful activity to everyone, BirdLife South Africa, Sasol, Africa Birds & Birding magazine and the Johannesburg Zoo have collaborated to mount the Sasol Birds & Birding Fair – with the theme “Start Birding”, to be held at the Zoo on the weekend of 4 to 6th May 2007.

Birding Weekend: Karoo National Park

Date: 2007-03-27

The Honorary Rangers of the Karoo will be hosting a birding weekend in 11 - 13 May 2007.

Addo Birding Bonanza

Date: 2007-03-27

The honorary rangers of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park present an exciting birding experience from 26 - 28 October when we hold our Addo Birding Bonanza...

Ken Newman Obituary

Date: 2006-10-24

The South African Birding community were saddened to hear of the death of Ken Newman and extend their sympathy to his family...

Birdlife SA Opposes La Mercy Airport Development

Date: 2006-10-13

Of late there has been a lot of discussion around this development, particularly between the members of BirdLife South Africa through various forums. The discussions revolved around some fundamental objections to the development of the international airport on the current La Mercy light aircraft site with particular reference to avifauna.

KNP 2007 Big Birding Weekend

Date: 2006-09-06

It's time to secure your booking for next years KNP Birding Weekend. The event is expected to attract up to 650 participants and mobilize an estimated 2000 people as birders converge on Kruger for the annual event...

Birdlife South Africa launches Bird Atlas Project

Date: 2006-09-04

Birders all over the country will remember the first Southern African Bird Atlas Project, the results of which were published in 1997. This first atlas involved the participation of thousands of bird watchers all over the country and was the first project of its kind in southern Africa to involve so many "citizen scientists". A large amount of information about the distribution and density of birds was collected which culminated in the publication of the first bird atlas. Best of all, many people were brought in to birding through their interest in the atlas project and because participation was so much fun!

New Vulture Colour-Marking Method for Southern Africa

Date: 2006-08-10

A new era in the study of the biology of southern African vulture species has arrived with the implementation of a method, known as patagial tagging, in the colour-marking of such birds. Colour-marking of birds is commonly used as a simple and affordable method to identify individuals in a population to determine, among other aspects, the birds’ movements, dispersal, foraging range and longevity across their range.

Please be on the Look Out

Date: 2006-08-02

These images of a darted hornbill were taken in Savute Campsite in Botswana. However a glossy starling (still alive) has been seen at Skukuza Rest Camp with a similar dart embedded in its body. If you are in any national park and see signs of wildlife (dead or alive) with darts, or witness any persons with a blow pipe or similar weapon please report it to the nearest camp management and if possible notify either Chris Patton or Raymond Travers

Birding in the Tankwa Karoo National Park

Date: 2006-07-28

by Japie Classens

The 80 000 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park protects one of the most starkly beautiful tracts of the Tankwa Karoo. It teems with life and character, from the dramatic landscapes, wide silences, eccentric richness of plant diversity and the rare and prolific birdlife that exploits this landscape and its relative isolation.

Flight For Beginners: A Bird Identification Course

Date: 2006-07-10

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2006, an exciting new introductory birding course is being offered on the West Coast.

Inaugral Big Birding Weekend at Golden Gate

Date: 2006-06-01

Golden Gate Highlands National Park will be hosting its first ever Big Birding Weekend in November 2006. The weekend is the result of collaboration between the park and the Honorary Rangers from the Free State, Vaaldriehoek and Bankenveld Regions.

KNP Birding Weekend 2007

Date: 2006-06-27

Next years KNP Birding Weekend is expected to attract up to 650 participants and mobilize an estimated 2000 people as birders converge on Kruger for the annual event.

An Essay for Tickers and Twitchers

Date: 2006-06-19

What is ‘Par for the Course’ for the numbers of bird species listed on a visit to the Kruger National Park? Well, it is a stupid question, of course, and it all depends.  But the short answer is probably less than you thought, almost certainly fewer than your birding compatriots might have led you to believe, and definitely many less than the much-vaunted numbers in various tourist publications, glossy magazines, and bird books, that state that there are in excess of 500 species of birds in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The matter is complicatedly nuanced...

Bookings Open for Big Birding Weekend

Date: 2006-05-25

Golden Gate National Park and the Free State, Vaaldriehoek and Bankenveld Region Honorary Rangers will be hosting their first ever Big Birding Weekend in November 2006. The weekend is the result of collaboration between the park and the Free State Region Honorary Rangers

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