WBC Programme of Events for 2017

 

Portland Bird Observatory

Portland Bird Observatory

Thursday to Sunday Sept 21st – 24th

Portland Bill

Portland Bill

(trip based upon 14 places available)

Travel by minibus and an overnight stay for three nights in the old lighthouse at Portland Bird Observatory (£15/night for dormitory-type accommodation.  We’ll leave Suffolk at 5.00 a.m. on Thursday morning in time to reach PBO by late-morning.  We’ll explore the cliffs, coves and quarries in and around Portland Bill and there will be early-morning ringing opportunities at the Bird Observatory. Staying here will have distinct advantages as we should witness the start of autumn migration and likely to encounter returning passage warblers such as Grasshopper, Willow and Sedge.  We will leave Dorset sometime late Sunday afternoon to arrive back in Suffolk late on Sunday evening.

Leaders: Steve Piotrowski and Jon Evans
Venue: Portland Bird Observatory (minibus pickup points at time of booking)
Cost: TBA

Birds of Kazakhstan

Birds of Kazakhstan – Steve Piotrowski

Tuesday October 10th

Black-throated Accentor

Black-throated Accentor

Illustrated talk on the Birds of Kazakhstan, based on the ground breaking, not to mention, arresting, tour of the country last May.

Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia, bigger than Western Europe, and hosts a diversity of habitats including: steppe-deserts, high mountains and deep gorges populated by an amazingly diverse flora and fauna, an ideal location for birdwatchers.

Venue: The Maltings Sports Centre, Pirnhow St, Ditchingham NR35 2RU
Time: 7.30 p.m.

Migration Watch – Northwest Norfolk

Migration Watch – Northwest Norfolk

Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th October

Snettisham Spectacular

(Book place with Kathy)

WBC has organised a number of trips to North Norfolk in recent years but we have largely neglected NW Norfolk and the wonders of The Wash and RSPB Snettisham. There are often spectacular wader displays as they perform their aerial formation dance as they join the roost as the tide reaches its peak.

Leaders: Steve Howell and Andrew Green
Venue: Meet at Cley NNT Visitors Centre at 8.00 a.m.

Photo: Angus Willson / CC-BY-NC-ND-2

Migration Watch—Dingle Marshes, Shore Pools and Westwood Marsh

Migration Watch—Dingle Marshes, Shore Pools and Westwood Marsh

Sunday 5th November (Book place with Kathy)

DIngle Marshes

DIngle Marshes

Bird migration wise, November is a most unpredictable month. For example, who would have thought that in November 2016 Suffolk would play host to two trans-Atlantic migrants in the form of American Cliff Swallow and Forster’s Tern?  Dingle Marshes is one of the few places in Suffolk where you can have a near wilderness experience and a walk along the shore pools can be very rewarding. Wintering flocks of Twite should have returned from their upland Pennine nesting grounds and Snow Buntings and Shore Larks could be on show. In recent years, the marshes have attracted three species of egrets: Great, Little and Cattle. The area is always good for raptors with Marsh and Hen Harriers being regular visitors and perhaps a Merlin or even a Short-eared Owl?

Leaders: Steve Howell and Roger Walsh
Meet: Dunwich Beach Car Park

Photo: John Bugg / CC-BY-NC-2

Wildlife tour of Antarctica – Clive Ireland

Wildlife tour of Antarctica – Clive Ireland

Antarctic iceberg

Tuesday 21 November

Antarctica is a continent which, by its nature, has unique form of wildlife that most of us will only see on wildlife programmes.  Clive will guide us through his 2016 adventure showing us some of his amazing images of seabirds and breath-taking landscapes.

Venue: The Maltings Sports Centre, Pirnhow St, Ditchingham NR35 2RU
Time: 7.30 p.m.

Wild South Africa above and below the waves

Wild South Africa above and below the waves – Chris McIntyre and Mark Crame

Tuesday 5 December

Yellow-billed Hornbill

Yellow-billed Hornbill

The gigantic Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet off South Africa’s Cape Coast and the cold, nutrient rich waters that upwell from around 200–300m depth in turn fuel high rates of phytoplankton growth and sustain the productive Benguela ecosystem. The mountainous seas, over a food-rich Continental shelf, attract an amazing diversity of seabirds such as majestic albatrosses, shearwaters and petrels that gather in their thousands. However, few of us would have much knowledge about what goes on below the waves, so we have two speakers that will give us an insight into both. Vice Chairman Chris McIntyre has been on several specialised pelagic trips and collected many wonderful images so the first half of the talk will be devoted to seabirds. Mark Crame along with WBC Member Alison Joseph, has recently returned from an expedition when they explored South Africa’s underwater world. Together they swam with sharks without armouring and outside any sort of cage and, most obviously, have lived to tell the tale! Mark will be able to demonstrate the wonders of underwater life off South Africa that few of us will ever see with our own eyes.

Venue: The Maltings Sports Centre, Pirnhow St, Ditchingham NR35 2RU
Time: 7.30 p.m.

Photo: Roger Smith / CC-BY-NC-2

WBC Event Notes

WBC Event Notes:

  • Members are asked to consider car sharing. When emails are sent out by Kathy regarding events, please confirm your place but also advise her if you are happy to car share and you are happy to offer other members a lift.
  • When car sharing members are respectful to car owners and offer to perhaps share travel expenses.
  • Fees/deposits received by Kathy within the advised timescale will ensure your place on WBC trips is secured.  Please make cheques made out to Waveney Bird Club unless otherwise advised. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable.
  • The club reserves the right to alter or cancel any event. Only those that have registered an interest for that particular event will be informed of any changes. The leader may choose to alter the itinerary on the day.
  • As several trips include the usage of other organisations facilities we would therefore recommend you bring appropriate membership cards on you to prove your entitlement to free or reduced admission costs.
  • Please always ensure meeting places on car parks that you bring sufficient change to cover any parking costs.
  • Most outdoor events are all-day, so it is advisable to bring sufficient food and drink.
  • Young people (15 or under) are very welcome providing they attend with a responsible adult.
  • Members are asked to please not bring dogs.
  • Appropriate footwear and warm clothing is advisable on all field events – no “loud” colours such as reds and yellows please. We would also recommend that where the forecast is poor you bring perhaps additional clothing that you can use if required.
  • Please inform the leader on the day if you leave the event earlier than the prescribed finishing time.
  • Please inform the leader if short-notice circumstances mean you will not be attending or running late.