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Media Release: Bookings open for Addo Birding Weekend

Date: 9th June 2009

Avid birders should hurry to make their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 23 to 25 October 2009.

Avid birders should hurry to make their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 23 to 25 October 2009.

The weekend of birding will offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the diverse biomes of Addo Elephant National Park and the chance to spot over 400 bird species.

Organised by the Addo Honorary Rangers, birding activities will feature a choice of excursions which include trips to the marine area of the Park around St. Croix Island and the arid karoo area around the large expanse of Darlington Dam.

Birders will join groups birding in seven different areas of the ecologically diverse Addo Elephant National Park. A 4x4 excursion will explore the Nyathi area of the Park while another group will visit the Sundays River estuary and adjacent coastline with its good tern and wader sightings. The group visiting the marine area around St. Croix Island by boat will view the African penguin colony on the island as well as pelagic birds such as skuas, petrels and shearwaters.

Birders based in the Park’s main game area can count on thicket species such as the southern tchagra as well as Denham’s bustard and blue crane in the grassland patches. Fitter participants can explore the forests and fynbos of the Zuurberg Mountains on foot to sight birds from African crowned eagles to longtailed wagtails. Those based in the Park’s Woody Cape area near Alexandria will explore the indigenous coastal forests which are home to trumpeter hornbill. Birders visited the Park’s northern-most Darlington area will look for birds such as the Namaqua warbler on the arid land and spoonbills and lesser flamingo on the vast lake.

Prizes will be presented at an evening braai function and there is an optional afternoon training session on birding and identification. A variety of accommodation units, as well as camping facilities will be made available in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Sasol has provided sponsorship for logistics and prizes while Glendower whisky has also sponsored some prizes. Funds raised by the Honorary Rangers birding weekend will go towards funding conservation support work, research and upgrade of facilities for the benefit of all visitors to the Park.

Bookings for the birding weekend close on 31 August 2009.

For more information, contact Deon and Mileen De Vos on deondv@telkomsa.net or tel: (041) 966 1297 or 082 775 4998.

Download the registration form, programme of events and brochure here: www.sanparks.org

Issued by: South African National Parks

Enquiries: Megan Taplin, Regional Communications Manager, Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra National Parks, tel: (042) 233-8609

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