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AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK 20 YEAR BIRTHDAY 24 HOUR BIRDING BASH

Happening from the 6th September 2019 to 7th September 2019

AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK 20 YEAR BIRTHDAY 24 HOUR BIRDING BASH

Presented by the Agulhas National Park and the SANParks Honorary Rangers: Agulhas Region in partnership with the Agulhas Plain Birding Project.
All funds raised are in aid of projects in support of Agulhas National Park.

Agulhas National Park at the southernmost tip of the African continent is truly a nature-lovers’ and birders’ paradise with 270 bird species recorded in the area. The Park includes a large variety of habitats – each bringing its own unique bird species, including many endemic species such as the Hottentot Buttonquail.

All you need to have the best 24 hours birding experience of your life is your confirmed registration, your binoculars and your passion for birding.

Cost includes prizes, three-course Strandveld prize-giving dinner and lucky draw prizes.

Please see the competition rules on the Entry Form for more information. There is limited space available. All funds raised are in aid of projects in support of Agulhas National Park.

Large-billed Lark
Agulhas Long-billed Lark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC INFORMATION
DATES: 6 & 7 September 2019
REGISTRATION: Soutbosch on the Elim road
COST: R 550.00
ENTRIES CLOSE: 23 August 2019
CONTACT FOR ENTRY FORMS: Klaas Steyn
E-MAIL ADDRESS: agulhashrbirding@gmail.com
CELL PHONE: 082 320 1198

White-fronted Plover
African Black Oystercatcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DETAILED INFORMATION
The entry fee includes entry into the Birding Competition, an informative talk by Wim de Klerk from The Agulhas Plain Birding Project, access to parts of the Agulhas National Park normally closed to the public for the duration of the event, various prizes as well as the three-course Prize Giving Dinner at Bosheuwel.

Payment: On receipt of your entry form a Pro-forma Invoice will be e-mailed to you. Please make payment as per the invoice. On receipt of payment your entry will be confirmed. Please forward proof of payment to agulhashrbirding@gmail.com

Registration: Please note that registration will be at Soutbosch between 14:00 and 17:00 on the 06 September with the informative talk by Wim de Klerk from The Agulhas Plain Birding Project at 17:30 at Bosheuwel. 

Directions. Both Soutbosch and Bosheuwel are Agulhas National Park facilities on the Struisbaai–Elim Road; Soutbosch is about 9km from the Struisbaai-Bredasdorp (R319) road and Bosheuwel is approximately 2km closer to Elim.

Rock Kestrel
Immature Black Harrier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPETITION RULES

Participant Fees. Participant fees are R550 which include eligibility for competition prizes, access permit to areas of Agulhas National Park normally closed to the public for the duration of the event as well as the three-course Prize Giving Dinner. (All funds raised are in aid of projects in support of Agulhas National Park)

Competition Boundaries. Only bird sightings within the boundaries of the Agulhas National Park and the Agulhas Plain will be eligible.The boundaries will be explained / confirmed at the briefing on Friday 06 September @ 17:30.

Recording. Record all the bird species seen or heard, including location (GPS) where possible, during the 24-hour period from 16:00 on Friday 06 September to 16:00 on Saturday 07 September 2019.

Teams: Participants are encouraged to participate in teams of minimum 2 (two) and maximum 4 (four) members.

Eligible Birds: Only free flying birds may be recorded (i.e. no caged birds)

Birding Lists: Birding lists of the bird species that may be expected in the Agulhas National Park can be made available to each participant on request via e-mail.

Record validity. The majority (for example 2 out of three or 3 out of four) of the team members have to agree on a call or sighting.

Use of call-back devices: Teams/participants are not allowed to use call-back to attract birds (call-back = playing bird calls from electronic devices).

Competition duration: The 24 hour period for Birding Competition startsat 16:00 on Friday 06 Septemberand ends at 16:00 on Saturday 07 September 2019.

Registration. Participants are to enter prior to or on the 23 August 2019 by completing an entry form. Registration will be open for participants from 14:00 until 17:00 on Friday 06 September 2019.Late registrations will be allowed between 07:30 and 09:30 on Saturday 07 September 2019 at Soutbosch – organisers to be advised by 16:00 on Friday 06 September 2019.

Competition Briefing. An informative talk by Wim de Klerk, from The Agulhas Plain Birding Project, will be held at 17:30 at Bosheuwel (near Soutbosch). Wim de Klerk will be sharing his knowledge and insight with participants on where (and how) the best places are to spot which species. Although this is not a compulsory briefing, it is highly recommended that all participants attend this talk.

Competition Prizes. Although Birding Days are not about winning prizes it adds excitement to the competition. There will be prizes for the team that have recorded the most bird species; a special prize for the team that record the ‘mystery bird’ only known to the judges; and some fun prizes in a few other categories to be announced at the briefing on the 06 September at 17:30. (The judges’ decision on the allocation of prizes is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into regarding the allocation of prizes.)

BirdLasser App: Teams are invited to log their sightings on the mobile app BirdLasser. Participants are encouraged to download and use the BirdLasser app (Apple and Android). For more information about BirdLasser visit www.birdlasser.com

Zitting Cisticola
Neddicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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