Mpongo Private Game Reserve hosts Birding Day

Bird lovers are invited to join the team at Mpongo Private Game Reserve for an important day of bird watching that will assist the Eastern Cape reserve in updating their winter bird list.  The event takes place on Saturday, 29 June 2013.

“We have decided to host a birding day to update the birding list of Mpongo Private Game Reserve and also have guests come out and enjoy the natural surroundings of the reserve with its abundance of birdlife found on the reserve” said Rodney Gerhardt, General Manager of Mpongo Private Game Reserve, which is owned by Premier Hotels and Resorts.

“The aim of the birding event is to develop a complete birding list and we look forward to identifying the species for the winter period, hoping to capture unique species not recorded before or not seen very often. Ground Hornbills are being enjoyed at present and pairs of Crowned Cranes as well as Wattled Cranes have also been spotted visiting the area lately, which are not a common occurrence.” Gerhardt said.

Anyone interested in joining the birding day at Mpongo Private Game Reserve, can register on Friday, 28 June between 18:00 and 18:30 at the reserve. Snacks will be served and beverages can be bought at the restaurant.

The cost for the birding day on 29 June is R280 per person and includes coffee or tea and homemade rusks served from 6:30 to 7:00, a morning and afternoon bird count excursion, lunch and dinner.

The guest speaker, zoologist and conservationist, Dennis Taylor will be speaking about the status of raptors and vultures in the Eastern Cape during the lunch break.

The programme for the day will be as follows:

  • 06:30 – 07:00 Coffee/tea and homemade rusks and any possible late registrations
  • 07:00 – 12:00 Bird Count
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Lunch (Guest Speaker: Mr Dennis Taylor)
  • 14:00 – 17:00 Bird Count
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Consolidation of information
  • 18:00 – Dinner

Accommodation is charged separately and guests are welcome to contact Mpongo Private Game Reserve at 043 742 9000 or book online at www.premierhotels.co.za at the special winter accommodation rate.

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