Eagleyes Guest House host to five of the top speakers & presenters at the inaugural Walkerbay Bird Fair

Eagleyes were proud to host five of the top speakers & presenters at the inaugural Walkerbay Bird Fair held in Stanford from the 26th February to the 1st March 2015.  Pride of place went to Tim Appleton MBE, the convenor of the worlds biggest bird fair. Other guests included Mark Anderson CEO of Birdlife RSA, Albert Froneman, internationally acclaimed wild life photography and Trevor Hardaker, a legend in South African birding.The highlight of their stay was a lovely braai for some 34 speakers & the organising team of Stanford & Hermanus Bird Club members, headed up by Stanford Bird Club chairman Peter Hochfelden. The inevitable post mortem & war stories made for a fantastic evening of avian enjoyment.

It went without saying that the many compliments received from those staying and attending the function at Eagleyes Lodge confirmed it’s rapidly growing recognition as an Eco tourism establishment of note.

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Three wise men @ the Birdbrain quiz at the bird fair.

Left to Right:  Peter Hardaker, internationally aclaimed avian photographer, Vernon Head, Chairman Birdlife SA and Prof Peter Ryan, head of Percy Fitzpatrick Institute UCT. This IS the creme de la creme of RSA birding!

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Left to right Tim Appleton, UK Bird Fair, back, with ponytail, Vernon Head, chairman of Birdlife SA, William Stephens, chairman Stanford Tourism & Peter Hochfelden chairman Stanford Bird Fair.

The Walkerbay Bird Fair, February 2015

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A Village Fair becomes a regional event!

The Stanford Bird Club in partnership with the Hermanus Bird Club, are pleased to advise on the progress of the much anticipated 2015 Bird Fair.

As this Fair is a collaboration of organisations in this region, the Fair will be called The Walker Bay Bird Fair, with a bi-line, on the Stanford Village Green, February 2015.
This Fair will be hosting a truly regional event as our new partners are not only the two clubs but also the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, The Overberg Lowland Conservation Trust and the Grootbos Foundation. In addition, we are fortunate to count on our previous loyal supporters, Stretton’s and the De Hoop Collection.
We are in final discussions with other prominent organisations being Wesgro and Orms.

A huge coup for us is the acceptance to our invitation from the co-founder of the British Bird Fair, Tim Appleton MBE and Steve Rooke, another very prominent UK birder and international tour operator.
We have invited some of South Africa’s top wildlife photographers to come and host talks and workshops including our good friend Peter Chadwick.

John Maythem of 567 Cape Talk fame will be our guest and will host the Bird Brain Quiz. With some of SA’s top birders present, this should be highly entertaining.

Of course, there will be the traditional photographic competition with impressive prizes to be won.

We are planning a number of new and exciting outings, guided by local experts.

The Fair will be held in a 500 sq exhibition marquee on the Village Green and will be supported by a food and craft market.

The event is due to start on Tuesday 24th February and the exhibition opens on the Friday through to Sunday morning.
Exciting news is that we are planning 567 Cape Talk to host an outside broadcast at the Fair and will be preceded by much publicity of the event. There will be interviews on the day with our esteemed guests.

Our aim, of course, is not only to create awareness of the Walker Bay area as a birding destination but also to improve environmental awareness, conservation and to boost tourism in the area.
The combined Bird Club Committees obviously cannot achieve this all on our own and would like to call for volunteers to assist us in preparing and hosting the event.

Shortly, we’ll have our own Facebook page – we will let you know when this is up and running.
We sincerely hope you are all as excited as we are in hosting this historic regional event and look forward to working with you to help make The Walker Bay Bird Fair the success it deserves.