Phalaborwa Bird Club provides Bateleur Bird hide with new poster displays.
After a bushfire destroyed the Bird hide at Bateleur Bushcamp in August of last year, SAN-Parks and the camp Manager Lazarus Lekhuleni, have been very committed to rebuild it as soon as possible.
They managed to build a beautiful new hide, but unfortunately, in the fire, the poster displays and information boards with photographs and narratives of birds were also lost.
These original displays were made and put up in January 2001 by the Phalaborwa Bird Club
, who have maintained them ever since.
The Club, which also provided the Bird Hides of Shimuwini and Sirheni with displays and information for birders and other interested people, thought it to be their duty (and pleasure) to give the Bateleur Hide new displays.
The Phalaborwa Bird Club ‘s objective in this is to try and educate people about birds, their identification and their way of life.
With donations from The Palabora Foundation
and private persons, they were able to buy material to make new boards, bring them to Bateleur, install them and provide them with new posters, photographs and narratives for all interested people to read and look at.
New photographs were donated by members of the Bird Club and photographs donated originally by well known Wild Life photographers Nigel Dennis
and Albert Froneman
were used again.
The construction team spend the weekend in Bateleur Bush Camp, making sure everything was properly installed and stocked with all kinds of interesting information.
The staff at the camp were all very appreciative and looked after us well.
Thanks to Mr. Ben van Eeden
en Mr. Lazarus Lekhuleni
of SAN-Parks for supporting us.
It is hoped that the guests staying in Bateleur will appreciate this wonderful initiative and will enjoy it for years to come.
Herewith some pictures
of the new hide with and without posters (and construction team
) The new (still empty) hide2 of the new poster displays and information boards with photographs and narratives of birdsThe hide @ a different angle Some members of the Phalaborwa Bird Club construction team
On behalf of the Phalaborwa Bird Club,