Village Heights - goes to the False Bay Ecology Park in May 2013.
This is a working relationship with Village Heights and Zandvlei Trust.
BirdLife South Africa, the Cape
Bird Club and the City of Cape Town hosted a Family Fun Walk at the Strandfontein
IBA (Important Bird Area) which is part of the False Bay Ecology Park.
The registration began at 08h00 for a start of the Family Fun Walk at 10h00. Preceding the Fun Walk, at the False Bay Enviromental Education Centre was the Eagle Encounters display and the City of Cape Town - Zibi education show, about the effects of littering. Information goody bags were given to all the children.
On the Fun Walk around the
Strandfontein IBA, which had 3 routes of different lengths, were 5 information
tables manned by knowledgable Cape Bird Club members and Nature Reserve staff.
Participants had to visit each table and write down the answers to the
questions. On finishing the Walk the forms were put in the lucky draw boxes and
each person was given a blue sticker, which entitled them to a free lunch of
fish and chips sponsored by John Dorys.
It was a very successful 1st Family Fun Walk or Birdathon at Strandfontein with about 210 participants and everyone enjoyed themselves.
The entrance to the False Bay Nature Reserve office buildings.
The taxi has dropped off Bernie and the children.
holding the baby while Bernie does the paper work. The baby is just over a year
Bernie signing everyone in.
Dale Wright the Western Cape
Environmental Manager from BirdLife South Africa explaining
Eagle Encouters brought their educational display with live birds.
Hi my name is Twiggy the Wood Owl.
...and I am Barney the Barn Owl.
"Wow, we have never seen one of these before".
"Can we touch him?"
"Do they bite? What do they eat? Look that one made a poo".
"Got to get a photo of this, they wont believe what we saw today".
"Joui!! Look how big the Black Eagle is" says Bernie. "I am Leo the Black Eagle".
"They are beautiful" she said.
... and this is Zibi the Ostrich about to enter the Education Hall.
"Hello everyone my name is Zibi". A story was told about littering and the problems it causes for everyone.
Zibi says "Pikkit up and drop it in a can".
"Come on everybody we are going to sign a song and dance too".
"Come on everybody to the right".
Meantime we have been allowed to
hold Leo the Black or Verreauxs Eagle with the big glove on.
Bernie was brave, she thought there was a chance she could be pecked.
"No chance he can reach me with my arm out straight".
"No he cant see or hear you with the hood on".
"I cant believe it".
Vernon Head the Chairman of
BirdLife South Africa and Cape Bird Club
gathering around, there was a delay as Zibi the Ostrich show was so popular
They listened to the short speech and were sent off on their way....
.....and they are off.
These were some of the birds in J - dam Coot, Hartlaubs Gull, Cape Teal and the Flamingo.
The flamingo on the right was in full breeding plumage in May.
"Look what I got".
John Dorys provided the free lunch for everyone who participated in and finished the Fun Walk.
"Lets close the lids to keep it warm and find a place to sit and eat".
"Yum! this looks good". While the others waited patiently.
Everyone gravitated to the courtyard and hall area for lunch in the sun. And the view.
Vernon announcing the winners of the lucky draw. Otto Schmidt drew the forms from the box.
Joanne Jackson handing over her prize.
"Look what I won".
Edward received a prize too.
A very successful day enjoyed by everybody, lets do it again next year.