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The Stellenbosch Bird club was dissolved, but this site lives on as a special site by Rosie Breuer books, publisher of special editions.
I recommend to join outings and events at Cape Birdclub, Somerset West Birdclub or any other near you.
Meetings for all at Cape Bird Club Interesting links Our wonderful Paarl outing (when our club still existed).
Admire our galleries, regularly enlarged. I beg you to inform me when you find errors or have suggestions for improvements!
New:Basie van Zyl's birds enlarged * Great Spotted Cuckoo * Striped Kingfisher *
Do you have excellent photos of South African Birds for our List of Bird Photos?
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A hint to all: never work on your photos in jpg format, rather turn them into tiff or another format that does not deteriorate the photo.
If you have good photos, please send the original or large size, but send me small ones first for me to choose from.
I am updating the website often, so please always reload all pages, in case your computer shows you an old version.
Have fun with birds! Making galleries of bird photos or paintings is just one of my pastimes, beside watching birds. Rather than reading the news for too long, I go and visit bird websites.
For a good laugh, I read one of Mike's answers to letters: Ask the Bird Folks
Latest bird news:
Basie van Zyl
When on 18 March I wanted to place birthday greetings to Basie's facebok, I was shocked and very sad to read that he had passed away on Monday 10 February 2014, just two weeks after a sudden diagnosis of a severe form of leukemia. This oustanding photographer will never be forgotten. I enlarged his galleries in his memory.
In memoriam by Morkel Erasmus
More Bird news
Rosie, 17 July 2013: An African Pied Wagtail delighted us on a perfect day at the Post Card Café, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch
Photo by Chris Krog
Arrow-marked Babbler mobbing a boomslang
See all 11 photos of the battle
© Mark Drysdale
A suprising sight in Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, October 2012!
Abdim's Stork - A rare visitor to the Western Cape!
Near Arniston - 7 October 2012
© Tinus Lamprecht
Black Skimmer - a visitor from America
6.10.2012: A first for SA!! - at Rietvlei
Photo taken in Cape Town by Michael McSweeney
Because I love watching birds, I made Zettelwitz, the hero of my books, into a bird watcher, too. This childish wizard develops into a decent man, because he loves Ronja and - to his surprise - he feels much better being liked for his useful craft, than hated for his cruel jokes.
Practise your languages with these bilingual books, enjoy the story of a crazy wizard and get to know some birds and plants of our area with
Zettelwitz - Table Mountain Wizard by Rosemarie Breuer, in German and English
and Die Towenaar van Tafelberg -
Table Mountain Wizard in Afrikaans and English
with 74 Illustrations by the author and 60 bird illustrations by Jill Adams
Now also available as e-books in several formats.
Zettelwitz Kindle versions in German and English:
At amazon.com: Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg (German Edition) and Zettelwitz the Table Mountain Wizard
At Amazon.de: Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg
Zettelwitz the Table Mountain Wizard
Order the printed books and the pdf version with the name of your choice:
Your book is absolutely brilliant! I can't wait to have children and will save it for them! Fantastic that you are also doing American and European versions.
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Also available at
More editions to follow with birds of different regions of the world:Bird news:
Krüger Park Wizard, Mkuzi Wizard, Kalahari Wizard
Zettelwitz the Wizard (European and American versions)
and more in further European and South African languages
Stray Fulvous Duck and the European migrant, Little Crake, in the Cape!
Photos taken in Cape Town by Michael McSweeney.
Squacco Heron photographed at Paarl Waterworks by Tinus Lamprecht; African Openbill, Yellow Wagtail and African Snipe, photographed by Neal Cooper at the Strandfontein waterworks in March
A Peregrine Falcon is often seen in the fir trees near Karlien en Kandas Speelskool in Die Boord
African Openbill (Oopbekooievaar) storks were recently seen on a small dam near the traffic lights on the Lynedoch road. (December 09)
Please contact us, when you see unusual birds.
If you do not know the names of things, the knowledge of them is lost, too.Links of the day:
wrote Carl Linnaeus who invented the Latin binomial system of naming plants and animals, which is still in use. DNA research has given new insights into the relationship of birds. The classification of bird families has changed tremendously from the one you find in older bird guides and is still not quite settled as new research will surely bring a few more surprises.
Example: Songbirds (Oscines) are divided into ravenlike birds (Corvida) and all other Paserida. Paradise Flycatcher and Batis now belong to Corvida. Cape Batis is placed between Bokmakierie and the Pied Crow in Jill Adam's gallery.
Find information and lists of names at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, download the classification and species order used in the new Roberts: PDF - 20KB and the 'new' Southern African bird list
Movements of a Secretarybird tracked for more than two years!
Ian Sinclair; Phil Hockey; Warwick Tarboton; Peter Ryan, Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, Struik, 2014
The new much enlarged edition
Birds of Africa South of the Sahara
by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, Peter Ryan
Taken Captive by Birds with illustrations by Craig Ivor van Vuuren
Grant McCreary's The Birders Library - Book reviews and news
Kirsten Frost www.naturephotography.co.za
An excellent site: All About Birds The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a comprehensive resource for North American birds
Game Bird Art by Penny Meakin - beautiful!
Wildlife & Nature Photography
Any corrections, questions or suggestions? Your FeedbackVerreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxi
© Jill Adams (in Richard Liversidge, The Birds Around us)