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Shingwedzi and Croc Bridge: Big Bird Day 2007

Date: 2007-04-26


Background: West Rand Honorary Rangers Big Bird Day 2007


For the 9th consecutive year the Honorary Rangers West Rand Branch hosted the Kruger Birding Day in the last weekend in January and the first in February.


The demand for this event is such that it now involves 16 of the rest camps as bases and as indicated above has now been extended to include a second weekend at some of the more popular destinations and to include a couple of the smaller bush camps that surrendered the use of their vehicles and guides during the first weekend.


The number of public participants was over 600, plus the organising Honorary Rangers, SANParks staff and other invited experts.  This is a tremendous growth from the inaugural year back in 1999 where 150 people took part in just 5 camps.  The event can now lay justifiable claims to being an institution on the South African Birding calendar.


As always a big thank you must go to the sponsors who help make this event possible.  SASOL continues to be the premier sponsor, but the number of support sponsors has grown considerably.


Crocodile Bridge Big Bird Day 2007


Birding at Croc Bridge was surprisingly good, taking into consideration that no rain had fallen for three weeks and it was ve
ry dry. Having said that, we recorded the highest figure ever with 256 sightings.
Snowy Botha


Shingwedzi Big Bird Day 2007


I was very privileged to lead the the Shingwedzi Birding Group this past weekend during the annual Kruger Park birding weekend. We managed to record a total of 217 species within a 50 km radius surrounding the camp for the weekend.
 
The Collared Palm Thrush was seen on Friday Morning and I was glad to be able to show this rare bird to the birding group during a bird walk on Sunday morning 28 January.
 
Rihann F. Geyser


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