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Birding on the Vaal

Birding on the VaalVaal Bird Club winter CWAC on the Vaal River August 2016
The Vaal Bird Club had its bi-annual coordinated water bird count (CWAC) on Saturday 20 August 2016. At 07:00 in the morning four boats went out from Stonehaven-on-Vaal covering a total of 43 kilometres along the Vaal River from the Barrage to the Suikerbosch River, including the Taaibosspruit.

The number of birds counted was the highest for a winter count since the first CWAC held in 2012 with a total of 3295 water birds compared to last winter’s 2526. A total of 47 species were counted with four species, the Great Crested Grebe, Greater Flamingo, Cape Teal and African Rail, counted for the first time. 3390 birds were counted in January 2016 during the summer bird count with the total number of birds counted during CWAC’s now standing at 64 water bird species.
The data gathered during a CWAC is sent through to the ADU (Animal Demographic Unit) at the University of Cape Town and is used for much needed water bird conservation around the world.

The bird counts are fully sponsored by Stonehaven-on-Vaal and the members of the Vaal Bird Club would like to thank Stonehaven-on-Vaal for all their support during this and past counts.

The Vaal Bird Club meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at the Old Mutual Building on the corner of Frikkie Meyer and Barrage Road. We welcome visitors and new members.

Water Bird count on the Vaal River –  The eighth Water Bird count on the Vaal River on Saturday 30 January went off exceptionally well. 30 birders took part and included some members  from the Parys Bird Club. We were also pleased to have Dr Hanneline Smit- Robinson the Conservation Manager at Birdlife SA and her husband Lance Robinson a member of the Birdlife Council with us.

The four boats recorded a record number of 3 390 birds with many notable sightings within a period of 5 hours. Of special note was the recording of 6 African Fish Eagles on the 43kms of the river covered. The birds seen were made up of 47 different species. A master list of the birds can be downloaded HERE

Join us on a relaxing Birding Cruise on the Vaal River and up the Taaibosspruit on a private chartered cruiser. R332.65 per person includes the use of a luxurious cruiser for 3 hours, coffee, tea and tasty snacks. A fully stocked bar is also available.

View the complete list of birds that have been spotted on a birding cruise by downloading the flyer HERE.

Successful Bird Count on the Vaal River – Members of the Vaal Bird Club augmentedBFE logo 2013by members of Birdlife Vaaldam and the Feathers Bird Club (Parys) carried out a very successful count of the waterbirds on the Vaal River on Saturday 15 August 2015. The
group, based at Stonehaven-on-Vaal, set out in 4 boats with each boat covering a specific 10 km section of the river. In total a distance of 43 kms was covered between the Suikerbos tributary in Vereeniging and the Barrage. Read the full list of the Birds that were counted click HERE

There was a successful Winter Water Bird Count done on the Vaal on the 14thSeptember 2013 with 10 new species for the CWAC count – a total of 49 water bird species. See the full list HERE