2015 Walker Bay Bird Fair Photo Competition Finalists

A crab for a meal

A crab for a meal

Burst of colour

Burst of colour

Carmine ballet

Carmine ballet

Do not come closer

Do not come closer

Reflection

Reflection

In Unison

In Unison

Stilt in a shroud

Stilt in a shroud

Hello beautiful

Hello beautiful

Snake Killer

Snake Killer

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers

Pompom Prinia

Pompom Prinia

Prologue

Prologue

Pygmy with appetizer

Pygmy with appetizer

Taking off

Taking off

The morning after Umhlanga beachfront

The morning after Umhlanga beachfront

Thief

Thief

White Eye with chicks

White Eye with chicks

Yellow Bill against the sun

Yellow Bill against the sun

Letters of thanks: Walker Bay Bird Fair

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Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Dear Royd & Lindsay

The Chairman and Committee wish to thank you most sincerely for your extremely generous offer of Eagleyes Lodge where 5 of our guest speakers and their partners stayed for the duration of the first Walker Bay Bird Fair – an event which attracted numerous visitors and which has been acclaimed by all who were there.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

Your individual participation in organising Eagle Encounters and extremely generous support did much to enhance our offerings and we thank you most sincerely for being prepared to spend your own time to be part of this pioneer fair – the fair’s success is dependent upon people like you giving it your support.  For the children from the community, the Eagle Encounters demonstration was entertaining and educational, an aspect that future Bird Fairs need to focus on a great deal more.

The Fair Committee are now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.

Again, many thanks and kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Monday 9th March 2015

Dear Stanford Bird Club Members

On behalf of the Chairman and Committee of the Walker Bay Bird Fair, I wish to thank you all for making the first Walker Bay Bird Fair a runaway success.  We could not have pulled this off without the time, effort and expertise volunteered by those club members who gave so willingly.  The Bird Fair attracted numerous visitors and has been highly acclaimed by all who attended.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

The Fair Committee is now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.  Having taken the step of joining forces with the Hermanus Bird Club to co-host the Fair Bird, the venue for 2016 is yet to be decided.  Considering that the Stanford Bird Fair, for 9 years, was the precursor for the 2015 WBBF, and really where it all started, there is a case to be made for Stanford to host this event annually but without the support of the SBC, local business and enterprise, it is understandable that we would have to consider Fernkloof as an alternative venue to the Stanford Village Green, or at least to alternate the annual event, Fernkloof in 2016 and Stanford for 2017.

The draw for the WBBF Raffle will take place on Friday the 13th March.  We have asked the Editor of the Hermanus Times to do the honours, complete transparency and no favours!

We would really appreciate feedback from all of you about the Fair.  Without constructive comment, good and bad, it’s hard to judge whether this has the support of you, our members.

Kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Committee Member

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.