Saturday 7th April 2018: Durban Botanic Gardens

BirdLife Port Natal A perfect morning for birding, about fifteen birders gathered in the car park. We were a little early as the gates only opened at 7:30. In the car park we came across a number of birds: Common, Red-winged and Cape Glossy Starling, Speckled Mousebird, and both Red-eyed and Laughing Doves. Close up views of Cape White-eye and Bronze Mannikin frolicking in the … Continue reading Saturday 7th April 2018: Durban Botanic Gardens


BirdLife Port Natal 6 birders attended the outing on a lovely sunny day. Msinsi was looking green and lush after the rain and the paths had recently been mown which made for pleasant walking. As we began the walk we noticed many Swifts flying over the sports ground – Little, White-rumped, African Palm, and to our surprise a single Horus Swift! Barn Swallows were also … Continue reading OUTING REPORT MSINSI N.R. WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH

Leg-flags and nest success

Originally posted on wadertales:
For ornithologists studying birds by adding colour-rings, flags and tracking devices, a question of fundamental importance is always “am I affecting the birds’ survival or behaviour by requiring them to carry these markers?” This is not just a welfare issue; if marking birds affects the way that birds behave or changes their chance of survival then any findings are dubious. In a… Continue reading Leg-flags and nest success

Iceland to Africa, non-stop

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Ringing had already suggested that Whimbrel might fly non-stop from Iceland to western Africa (see “Whimbrels on the move”). By using geolocators, Camilo Carneiro and his colleagues from the Universities of Iceland and Aveiro (Portugal) have now shown that this is the norm – and reveal just how quickly they get there.  In the paper reporting on this work, they contrast… Continue reading Iceland to Africa, non-stop

Designing wader landscapes

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Much has been written about the negative impacts of agriculture on breeding birds – but farming can be good for some species. In Iceland, where high-input agriculture is relatively recent, breeding waders are commonly found in nutrient-rich environments that are associated with increased production. How can high breeding densities of waders be maintained, as farming continues to expand and intensification increases?… Continue reading Designing wader landscapes

WaderTales blogs in 2018

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The amazing migrations of Ringed Plover, concerns about Spotted Redshank and lessons from Little Tern conservation … … just three of the highlights from WaderTales in 2018. Seventeen new WaderTales blogs were published during the year, bringing the total so far to 65. There are three articles about Black-tailed Godwits (total now 16), two more focusing upon Icelandic research (total 8)… Continue reading WaderTales blogs in 2018

Yamadori workshop with Ian Young

Originally posted on Leinster Bonsai Club:
Ian Young came back to us this February for anther brilliant workshop. This time the topic of discussion was based around Yamadori and collecting trees in the wild as well as tips on critiquing trees in a positive way. Ian went through the kinds of tools one needs to bring with him on yamadori collecting trips, and with his… Continue reading Yamadori workshop with Ian Young