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Common Loon ( Nonbreeding adult)
Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
Because she was stuffed.
Interesting Fact:Loons shoot through the water like a torpedo, propelled by powerful thrusts of feet located near the rear of their body. When their quarry changes direction, loons can execute an abrupt flip-turn that would make Olympic swimmers jealous: they extend one foot laterally as a pivot brake and kick with the opposite foot to turn 180 degrees in a fraction of a second. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon/lifehistory )
Following the AGM held on Wednesday evening, HBC is pleased to announce the new committee for 2019. The members are:
Chairman; John Saunders, Deputy Chairman and Blog; Ronnie Hazell, Treasurer; Keith Brooke-Sumner, Secretary; Monika von Oppell, Projects; Guy Redford, Social Co-ordinator: Sue Franck, and Walks and Talks: Lester van Groeningen.
We say farewell to departing Committee Members, Craig Holmes, Mike Bryan, Daphne Hutton and Shelagh Peterson, and thank them for all the hard work they have put into keeping the club running smoothly during their tenure in office.
As our 2018/2019 Challenge draws to a close, we are already thinking about a new and bigger event, one that will fire the imagination of more members and attract a greater following. Ronnie has suggested a Southern Africa Challenge, taking place over 12 months. This is equivalent to a Big Birding Year, and has the advantage that it will keep us stimulated for 12 months, whilst offering the opportunity to add birds no matter where one is in the sub-region. I put this out for comment, in the hope that we will get a lot of interest and will be able to go ahead asap. Let’s hear from you by way of comments on this posting!
Since publishing the first notice of our new Challenge, I have had a good response from a number of people. This has prompted me to sit down and set out the rules that will apply to the new competition.
As previously stated, the competition will apply to the Southern Africa Birding Region; i.e. all of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique south of the Zambezi river. Since we are talking about the whole region, pelagic birding will be included.
The period will be from 1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020 (you get an extra day with next year being a Leap Year!)
There will be an entry fee of R25 per participant, payable by EMT to the Club account with your name and Ch as reference. (e.g. R Hazell Ch).
In order to cater for all levels of birder and degrees of anticipated travel, there will…
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Thursday’s outing to De Mond is going ahead. There is a good chance for rain, but only in the afternoon, so let’s go and see what we can find in this fascinating reserve. We will meet at Fernkloof at 7:00 am to consolidate the transport arrangements. Please remember to bring along some refreshments, as it will be a long day, and also some money or your wild cards to get into the reserve and to pay your contribution towards travel expenses should you be getting a lift.