Enjoy your golf

By now I hope all our members had their first “post-lockdown” round of golf. Judging by the different reactions seen on the faces of those finishing their rounds, it was as much a surprise to them as it was to me hitting those first few balls into “open space”. Gone was the safety of the practice net and you were yet again left alone on the golf course with your own problems and thoughts. Amazing how your mind can play tricks with you in programming you to that near perfect round you are capable of based on hours and hours of hitting balls into a net. Nowhere is something so far from the truth than to think you can take that net swing and thoughts onto the golf course without any consequences. Luckily, we had the course (and specifically the rough) to blame for most of the lost balls. I can assure our members nothing was intentional, but we will slowly but surely get back into the swing of things and give the rough the attention it so desperately needs.

From my side, just a big thanks yet again to all the members who effortlessly adapted to the rules and regulations that we have to abide by to ensure we can keep on playing. Believe me if I say that I do not take pleasure in reminding adults to maintain safe social distancing and safe interaction with other golfers. It takes some concentration not to fall into old habits of touching a partners’ golf kit or for that matter anything that will keep the covid gogga alive. We will get there eventually.

Thanks also to the very positive reaction I received from my divot reminder of last week. I was told that it was very difficult getting sand into a sandbag without the usual scoop available at the sand drum. Unfortunately, we can’t leave a scoop there for everybody to touch so please understand that we need your help to get the sand into the bag somehow in order to fill those divots. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

New membership category created to cater for the Millennials

At the board meeting of Tuesday, 23 June 2020, a new membership category was “temporarily approved” to allow the Paarl Golf Club to effectively cater for the sudden spike in membership needs for the category of people aged between 25 and 35 years of age. The final approval through ratification will be done by the members as soon as we can safely hold a special meeting, or failing that, at the next AGM. A big word of thanks from our side to the board and then eventually the members that gave us the go ahead to do this.

We have developed a process that identifies a possible member “surfing” on our website to be contacted and followed up by the club. Through this we discovered that a number of Millennials who, due to the current regulations, are not allowed to play if they are not members of a recognized golf club are looking for opportunities to become members of a club. Through the new Millennial membership category, we believe that we would be able to offer these “lost” golfers a safe haven but more so create a good base of younger members that each club need to secure their future. To us it seems like a win-win situation.

This membership will fit between the current junior membership and the full membership which was always a huge financial jump that resulted in losing juniors never taking up full membership. Junior membership that usually ended after the age of 28 will now cater for the youngsters just leaving school till the age of 24. The Millennial membership will then kick in from 25 to 35 years of age.
Membership (Excl affiliation fees)    2019-2020 Rate 2020-2021 Rate Voting and unlimited possible
Full (36 years and older) R 6 900 R 7 300 Yes
Millennial (25 – 35 years of age) July free R 3 765 Yes
Junior (18 – 24 years of age) R 3 080 R 3 265 Yes

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

A big word of thanks must also go out to our members who quickly adapted to the concept of booking their rounds electronically, as well as to pay for that booking through the available electronic portals. We are constantly investigating further alternatives to make payment of anything easy at the club or through smart phones or computers.

The latest concept that will hopefully be active by the weekend will be our own QR Code where members and visitors will be able to pay via their different bank’s Masterpasses, Snapscan or Zapper.

Be on the lookout for the square black and white QR Code that will be displayed where needed in the PGC offices.

Register for Spotlight Social and win a Wine of the Month

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 180th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Rohan Geldenhuys one of our new members (see his member profile in this issue of the newsletter). Welcome Rohan and congratulations. Sincerely hoping that you will enjoy all your years of golf here at Paarl Golf Club. July’s wine(s) of the month is Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer a of bottle of wine of the month to the 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs.

 

185 members already!

New cancellation policy
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

Members survey – thank you all!

Thanks to all the members who completed the questionnaire. Please find herewith a summary of the survey results. 2020 members survey results.

In conversation with

A message to all our friends at the Golfing Goat

By creating a mini super market during the lockdown the Golfing Goat has provided the Boschenmeer homeowners a convenient, safe environment to purchase our needed items. This was a very proactive decision by Golfing Goat and their management staff, and my wife and I are very thankful for that decision. In a time of crises the media loves to promote negativity and not even talk about the good things that are still happening. This was a very positive move and you should be commended for the forward thinking and enterprising action.

Best wishes to all the friendly faces at the Golfing Goat and keep up the good work.

Two happy Healthy Boschenmeer Homeowners.

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out. Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Big thank you to Anne-Marie Eksteen who was the first member to identify the four people in the photograph below. It was confirmed yet again by Anville van Wyk.


FLTR: Dalene van Wyk (longstanding president of ladies section), her husband Sybrand van Wyk, Pietie van Aarde and his wife Suzette. Pietie can still be seen with the corner boys from time to time.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Bokmakierie (Bokmakierie)

Description

The bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus) is a bushshrike. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique.

The adult bokmakierie is a 22–23 cm long bird with olive-green upperparts and a conspicuous bright yellow tip to the black tail. The head is grey with a yellow supercilium, and the strong bill has a hooked upper mandible. The underparts are bright yellow with a broad black collar between the throat and breast, which continues up the neck sides through the eye to the bill. The legs and feet are blue-grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are a dull grey-green below, and lack the black gorget.
The bokmakierie has a range of loud whistles and calls, often given in duet, but the most typical is the one that gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the bokmakierie is shy and skulking. This bird has a typical shrike diet of insects, small lizards, snakes, small birds and frogs. It is preyed upon itself by snakes, mongooses, and large shrikes like the northern fiscal and southern boubou

It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in urban areas. The bulky cup nest is constructed in a hedge, scrub or tree fork. The 2–6, usually three, red-brown or lilac-blotched greenish-blue eggs are incubated by both sexes for about 16 days to hatching, with another 18 days to fledging.

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Winter Coaching Specials 2020

1. Buy 10 lessons for R3500 and receive 9 holes on course with Ben for free.

2. Buy 6 lessons for R2000 and receive an 1 hour video analysis for free.

3. Buy a 3-lesson short game package on putting, chipping and bunkers for R1000 and receive one lesson for free on your swing.

Offer availability to purchase until the end of August. Packages are to be completed by the end of December.

Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7160  for more info and bookings.

We are back in business!
Saturday 13 June 2020 will forever be a day to remember by all golfers in South Africa and specifically Paarl Golf Club. That was our first round of “legal” golf as a member after the lockdown started for us on the 25th of March 2020. 80 days of lockdown!

I sincerely hope that all our members got a game in over the weekend because we decided to reserve play for our members over the course of last weekend. Many thanks to all the members who conveyed their appreciation to the volunteers and the limited Servest teams. We were able to start 12 hours after we got the go-ahead to open golf to our members and the course was in pristine condition.

From my side, a big thanks to all the members who abided to the rules and regulations with so much ease. Please let us keep that up seeing that we had to sign a declaration of adherence before we could operate again. This declaration unfortunately forced us to be diligent in our safety protocols and processes. Therefore, please understand if any of the golf club’s personnel request from you to adhere to the rules. We really don’t need any individual spoiling it for the entire club.

I had an opportunity to be on the course on Saturday and Sunday and I must admit that it was fantastic to walk the fairways again (with clubs in your hands). Talking of fairways, I couldn’t miss the amount of fresh divots left without any filling up. I know you might not believe me, so I did take a few photographs to back me up. In the past, we normally gave the excuse of visitors not feeling anything for our course but this weekend there was no visitors. Members please let us respect our course and at least have the decency to fill our divots with the sand that is available on each hole of the course.

I will leave you all to identify the holes and maybe remember the shot. I could have taken a photograph in all 27 holes but I thought six would bring the message across. Please respect your course and repair your divots!

   Booking and paying for a round

through the app and the website

One of the big changes after lockdown is the fact that we had to go cashless. The exchange of money between people was seen as a very high risk action and we were requested to get electronic payment methods in place. Booking a round through either the Golfscape application or the website now allows you also to pay electronically for that booking. In doing so, all we have to do when you get to the club is to ensure that you do not have a temperature higher than 38 degrees celsius.

Please feel free to contact our office if you still struggle to register on either of the two platforms and if you struggle to do the payment. I attach two documents that clearly describe the processes to follow to get this done. We thank all our members for easily converting to this new booking process as well as payment process.

Booking and paying a round through our website.

Booking and paying a round through the Golfscape application (please note that we would direct you to our web page currently but we are in the process to have the direct link active in the application).

Register for Spotlight Social and win a Wine of the Month

PGC launched its first Mobile communication application some weeks ago. It is very important that all members register on this application to make our communication with our members more direct and very easy. As I write this article we are standing on 161 members already registered on the application.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 180th, 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs!

How do you join the rest?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

Members survey – thank you all!

Thanks to all the members who completed the questionnaire. We will have the results available very soon and will inform all our members what we have learned from this exercise.

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the ladies and gentlemen in the photograph are. Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Wagtail (Gewone kwikkie)

Description

The Cape wagtail (Motacilla capensis), also known as Wells’s wagtail, is a small insectivorous bird which is widespread and fairly common in the southern Africa. It frequents water’s edge, lawns and gardens.
The Cape wagtail is a rather dull plumaged and relatively short tailed wagtail with olive grey upperparts and face with a buff supercilium and dark lores. The underparts are creamy white and may show a faint pinkish wash on the lower breast and belly. The breast band is dusky and the sides of the breast and the flanks are olive-grey. The brownish black wings have pale edges to the feathers and the tail is blackish with the two outer tail feathers being white. The juveniles are similar to the adults but browner above and yellower below.

There is a white version of the Cape Wagtail frequenting the 19th fairway and the lawns in front of the Boschenmeer Lodges.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape wagtail’s main food is invertebrates foraging is mainly on the ground or in shallow water, often feeding on animals that are already dead. It has been recorded taking insects attracted to lights in the early morning or caught in car radiators. Other than insects it has been recorded as eating fiddler crabs, sand hoppers, snails, ticks, tadpoles, small fish, small chameleons and human food.

The Cape wagtail is a monogamous, territorial solitary nester and breeding pairs stay together over a number of breeding seasons. Like many territorial birds the males often fiercely attack their own reflection in mirrors or windows. The nest is built by both sexes and consists of a cup made of a wide range of materials, both natural and artificial, which is lined with hair, rootlets, wool and feathers. The nest is situated in a recess within a steep bank, tree, bush or frequently sited in a man-made site, such as a hole in a wall, pot plant or bridge. It breeds all year round but, egg-laying peaks from July until December. One to five eggs are laid, which both sexes incubate for 13–15 days. Once hatched the chicks are fed by both parents, until they leave the nest after 14–18 days. Once fledged they adults continue to feed them for another 20–25 days, and the young become fully independent after 44 days from fledging, occasionally up to 60 days.

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I am running out of words…

When I did this write up last week, I really thought that it would be my last “positive” attempt to relay to you as members what we are going through in the golfing industry. But nothing has happened except for two golfing entities seeking legal opinion and challenging the government as to firstly, the legality of the golf ban. Secondly, that in the regulations there are no details prohibiting golf from being practiced on a golf course under the exercise clause.

Then both Dainfern and Kayalami Golf Clubs were raided by police during the weekend and we as golfing industry were tapped on the fingers by the Director General of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr. Mkhize, through a letter already dated on the Friday prior to the raids stating: “It has, however been brought to the attention of the Department that some of the Golf estates have resumed play despite the fact that there has been clear communication about due processes regarding the return to play”.

Sorry I again lost the way and in order to deter me from doing that again I thought it appropriate to leave you with a piece from the columnist John Cockayne entitled “Fawlty logic is keeping golf courses closed”.

“I have been following the increasingly bizarre story of the continued lockdown of golf. Judging by the four telephone calls I had on Wednesday morning, I am not alone. The consensus from these calls and others is that what is going on with golf and the decisions being made about it are not only nonsensical, but also make dear old Fawlty Towers look like a well-oiled machine.

Rarely do common sense and a legal opinion align. However, in terms of playing golf this rarity has occurred, not once but on several occasions, in which senior legal opinion has been that not only should we be playing golf, but that the legal right to do so is covered by any rational interpretation within the current regulations. This means that no special permission or edicts should be required. However, the government has, not for the first time and not only in relation to golf, flipped-flopped within versions and qualifications of its own statements and wording, sowing even more confusion, both for the golf community and itself.

A central player in this mix has been GolfRSA (GRSA), which was formed six years ago to be the overarching body for amateur golf in SA. This is the first real test that this body has faced, and when asked the consensus is that it has failed to make an effective case with government for golf to be reopened. Other strands to this disappointment are emerging.

A key challenge for a number of golf club managers is that they are being pressured by GRSA members who see the body as an irrelevance. The bottom line for members is that they have paid their subs and dues and are being prevented from using their private facility as members. They contend that this refusal is based on some arcane and constantly changing interpretation of its own resolutions by a government which seems increasingly to be losing touch with the reality of the situation and the facts on the ground. It is also felt that GRSA is being “too polite” and even “pandering” to the government over this issue and that the federation needs to push back. This push back is being seen as especially important in areas such as the government’s apparent misunderstanding over the use of the term “public” in “public places” and people congregating together, when they are being so clearly misapplied to the circumstances around golf.

We need to find balance in this mess, and it should not be forgotten that the original discussions and document presented to the NCCC, was tabled by various golf bodies including GRSA. What also gets lost in the mist of feeling is that all noncontact sports have been equally affected by the continued closure. The scenario is not unlike the rules of “house arrest”, under level 4, where the government was forced by the serious discrepancies in social, economic and housing issues, across SA’s population, to adopt a one-size-fits-all solution. This was reprised with sport, which meant that no sport could be played, irrespective of the individual and structural circumstances surrounding that particular code. With such a protracted process, all that this writer is seeing at this point is a requiem being prepared for those parts of the golf sector and jobs, which will be laid to rest forever, if the status does not change immediately. In all these maneuverings and deliberations by departments and official bodies, the human tragedy that is unfolding is in danger of being lost from view.

If we stop for a moment to look past the wrangling over the golfers wanting to play and the closed courses, we can see those who have been out of work for weeks and whose livelihoods are threatened by permanent extinction.
This extinction is a done deal, unless common sense finally prevails and the golf courses reopen, without any further prevarication.

I had a very open and frank telephone discussion with GRSA CEO Grant Hepburn who confirmed that the original solutions, the proposed reopening, had been accepted and were still in place. However, he said unforeseen issues with the wording of the government’s draft regulations and court challenges to the validity of the level 3 and 4 lockdowns has caused a delay in the confirmation processes. He wants to assure SA’s amateur golfers, that no stone has been left unturned to ensure the reopening of the golf courses and he believes that with just a little more forbearance, there will be a positive outcome in the very near future.

We have previously seen the government make 180-degree turns on its own public statements, so we hope this doesn’t prove to be the case with golf. In a time of social distancing, perhaps any dancing analogy is not the best fit, but be that as it may GRSA cannot dance alone. It takes two to tango, so let’s hope the government does its bit and the golf courses are reopened without any further delay.”


Beauty

Beast

I just couldn’t say it any better. In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

Thank you very much to all those members that helped with payments into the Covid-19 Disaster fund. We appreciate every cent that is donated.

A small amount was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund leaving us with a balance in the fund of just over R17 000 to allow us to pay each caddie R1 000 on the 15th of June 2020. Should we not open we will then still have one “payment” available to the 17 caddies on the 15th of June 2020.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details:
Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name.

Thank you to the Poise Cup

A word of thanks must also go out to the Poise Cup group under the energetic leadership of Solly Rajah who donated food parcels to our 17 caddies. These food parcels will be handed over to the caddies on Friday 12th of June.

Paarl Golf Club launches Spotlight Social!

PGC launched its first Mobile communication App last week, and we have been astounded by the positive response. We have already downloaded and connected more than 130 members and growing daily.

To give you an idea of what the Application looks like on your smart phone or tablet, below are a few screenshots to whet your appetite:

How do you join the rest?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

Members survey – Please help us!

We would like to test the waters through a questionnaire with the idea behind it to determine what you as member of Paarl Golf would like to “see” when we open again. Just maybe we will be able to surprise each and every one of you if we know in advance what your thoughts are on golf in general as well. Thank you to everyone that will spend some time on the few questions.

It will make Paarl Gold Club a better place to be.
Please click here to take the quick survey here.

What you should know if we open

Please find herewith some guiding details of playing golf under Covid-19 restrictions and what we as a club would expect from you when we open the golf course. Please spend some time in going through in order to arrive at the club with the knowledge and making our task easier to control the situation to the benefit of all our members.

Before the round

Bookings

• Clubs to organise a system of booking and allocation of tee times that ensures the safety of staff and golfers.
• The maximum number of golfers in a group per tee time to be confirmed by the club and must be in accordance any government requirements.

Arrival and waiting to play

• The clubhouse and locker room facilities will be closed. Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets) may be allowed by the club.
• Clubs to communicate in advance with golfers to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club, for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their tee time.
• Clubs to have procedures in place to ensure social distancing requirements in the area of the professional’s shop or starter’s building in advance of golfers teeing off.
• Trolleys, carts or other items available for hire, on condition of using safe sanitising practices.
• Clubs/facilities to have procedures in place for the practice putting green, for example giving priority of use to the players in the next group due to tee off, remove cups, or using a method of inserting the hole liner to be used that means that all of the ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only.
• Good practice for golfers to always carry hand sanitizers with them and refrain from touching their faces.

On-course items

1. All rakes and ball retrievers to be removed.
2. Ball washers and drinking fountains to be covered up.
3. It is recommended that clubs position hand sanitizers at strategic places on the course.
4. Benches and bins to be removed, covered or sign-posted in such a way that players do not touch them.
5. All other removable items to be removed. Stakes defining areas of the course can be treated as immovable obstructions.

Hole and flagstick

1. Flagsticks can be retained, but it is strongly recommended that a sign is put on the flagstick stating that it is not to be touched. There are various options in order to do this . We have opted to cut a pool noodle to the right height and wrap it around the bottom of the flagstick.
2. The cup of the golf hole should be inserted in such a way that the entire ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only.

Practice areas

1. Practice areas, including practice nets, to be closed unless safe sanitizing practices can be guaranteed.
2. The following practices will be a necessity: wash range balls regularly, remove benches/seating and club cleaning facilities, control availability on the range, ensure three- to five-metres spaces between bays, sanitize range buckets after every use and use own towel.

During the round

Guidance and reminders should be provided by clubs/facilities to golfers is to ensure that they keep at least five metres apart during the round.

Teeing areas

• Inform golfers that they should only make their way to the tee once the group in front is leaving the teeing area.
• Remind golfers to keep two metres apart at teeing areas due the normal close proximity of golfers to one another when tee shots are being played.

General

• Remind golfers to stay more than two metres apart when walking, searching for a ball or playing shots.
• Remind golfers not to touch stray balls.
• Each group to carry sanitizers. It is recommended that sanitizer is applied after each hole played.
• Golfers may not share scorecards and electronic scoring is preferred.

Bunkers

• With no rakes allowed on the course, remind golfers to make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club and/or their feet.

Putting green

• Remind golfers to keep two metres apart on the putting greens and not to touch the flagstick, not to share pitch mark repairers and always only handle their own equipment such as clubs and balls.

After the round

Score entry by the golfer using their HNA App and not done at the club. Remind golfers that social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round, so when the round is completed they must leave the course and the club/facility immediately so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area.
Sanitize or return rental equipment for sanitizing in accordance with guidelines at the club.

Rules of golf related matters

Until further notice, the following provisions are considered acceptable on a temporary basis:
Forms of play and scoring

1. It is recommended that non-competition play is used during the initial period of golf being played, and that stroke play competitions involving players in different groups are avoided.
2. If competitive stroke play or match play is played, a method of scoring needs to be used that does not require any handling or exchanging of scorecards.
3. For competitive rounds, committees may choose to allow methods of scoring in stroke play and match play that do not strictly comply with Rule 3.3b, or do not comply with the normal methods used under Rule 3.3b. For example:

• Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).
• It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place.
• It is not necessary to physically return a scorecard to the club.

Bunkers

• Should clubs not assign an individual to rake bunkers, they can declare bunkers “waste areas” that are raked each morning during standard maintenance procedures and encourage members to smooth with their foot/club upon exiting.

Flagstick

• Golfers are always required to leave the flagstick in the hole and not to touch it. It is a matter for the committee to decide whether it establishes this policy by way of a Code of Conduct or Local Rule, and whether it provides a penalty under the Code of Conduct or for a breach of the Local Rule.
• As a temporary provision, flagsticks that do not meet the specifications in Part 8 of the Equipment Rules, can be used.

Hole and ‘holed’

• The hole liner (sometimes referred to as the hole ‘cup’) is to be set in a way that means that all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green, so the ball is considered holed if any part of it is below the surface of the putting green.
• To minimise the need to lift the ball from the hole, it is recommended that the Most Likely Score (MLS) Rule, Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping, be applied. This does not prevent a player in match play conceding a stroke that is outside this length or allowing a player to putt out should they elect to do so.

Please note that modifications to the Rules of Golf during Covid-19 are for handicapping purposes only and should not be used for formal competitions, of which we expect very little of at the present time

Many moons ago

Thanks to Franz Lohbauer who identified the gentleman on the right to be Werner Mayer.

FLTR: Johan Swart (aka JL), Argenor (Archie) Lureman, Peter Dreyer, Jaco Visagie, Johan Visser and Werner Mayer

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Whiteye (Glasogie)

Description

This species is about 12 cm long with rounded wings, strong legs, and a conspicuous ring of white feathers round the eyes. The upperparts are green, and the throat and vent are bright yellow.

They are very vocal, and constantly keep in touch with soft trilled pee, pree or pirreee callnotes. The song consists of repeated long jerky phrases of sweet reedy notes, varying in pitch, volume and temp, usually starting off with teee teee or pirrup pirrup notes, then becoming a fast rambled jumble of notes, which may incorporate mimicked phrases of other birdcalls.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

This is a sociable species forming large flocks outside the breeding season. It builds a cup nest in a tree and lays 2-3 unspotted pale blue eggs. The eggs hatch in 11–12 days, and fledging occurs in another 12–13 days. The peak breeding season is September to December.

The Cape white-eye feeds mainly on insects, but also soft fleshy flowers, nectar, fruit and small grains. It readily comes to bird feeders.

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