The African Bird Fair

2018 BirdFair logo RGBBirdLife South Africa is pleased to announce that The African Bird Fair will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017 at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort.

There will be an exciting variety of exhibitors who will be showcasing all things birding such as binoculars & spotting scopes, bird books, birding apps, bird feeders, wildlife art, birding holiday destinations and tour operators. Throughout the weekend there will also be lots of things happening including guided bird walks, guided botanical walks, photography workshops, fascinating presentations and there will be lots of fun activities for the kids.

Opening times are 08h00 - 17h00 on the Saturday and Sunday.

What’s on

 

Photography Workshops presented by Nikon: A Comprehensive Guide to Bird Photography, with Jay van Rensburg

 

These in-depth, one hour workshops offering a comprehensive guide to bird photography will be taking place on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September and will be given by well-known wildlife photographer, Jay van Rensburg.

The workshops will cover the following:

  • Capturing an image vs taking a picture
  • Composition
  • Camera settings
  • Adapting to the light
  • Focus modes and techniques
  • Shutter speed, aperture and ISO
  • Photographing Birds in flight
  • Do’s and don’ts of Bird photography
  • Birding spots in and around Gauteng

Sessions will be 11h00-12h00 and 14h00-15h00 on both days.

Cost: R100 per person

Please bring along a notepad, pen, camera and lens of your choice.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Bookings close on Monday 4 September.

Please contact Emma Askes to make a booking.

 

Guided Walks

The meeting point will be clearly indicated with a “Meet here for Guided Walks” sign.

 

Saturday

08h00-09h30: Advanced Birding Walk
08h00-09h00: Guided Botanical Walk
09h00-10h00: Creepy Crawly Walk with Jonathan Leeming (by booking only, minimum age requirement of 8 years of age)*
11h00-12h00: Beginner Birders Walk

13h00-14h30: BirdLasser Walk (departing immediately following the workshop)
15h00-16h30: Advanced Birding Walk

 

Sunday

08h00-09h30: Advanced Birding Walk
08h00-09h00: Guided Botanical Walk
09h00-10h00: Advanced Scorpion Walk with Jonathan Leeming (by booking only, minimum age requirement of 12 years of age)*
11h00-12h00: Beginner Birders Walk

15h00-16h30: Advanced Birding Walk
15h00-16h30: BirdLasser Walk

 

*Please note: The walks with Jonathan Leeming are by booking only and are limited to a maximum of 20 people per walk. Age restrictions apply as specified above. Please contact Emma Askes to make a booking. Bookings close on Monday 4 September.

Presentations


Saturday 9 September

09h00-09h45: Pelagic Birding off South Africa's Cape Coast: Albatrosses, Petrels, Shearwaters and more! by John Kinghorn

10h00-11h00: Bird Brain – Inside the Mind of a Birder: A Comedic Look at what Makes Birders Tick by Faansie Peacock

11h30-13h00: BirdLasser Workshop by Ernst Retief and Henk Nel

14h00-15h00: VENOM: The Human Perception of a Miracle of Nature by Jonathan Leeming

15h30-16h30: The Black Eagles of Roodekrans by Ernest Porter
 

Please note that it is recommended that you download the BirdLasser app before attending the BirdLasser presentation. The app can be downloaded from the following links:

The App Store: 

The Play Store:
 

Sunday 10 September

09h00-09h45: Champions of the Flyway and Birding Israel – A Bird Race for Conservation by John Kinghorn

10h00-11h00: Bird Brain – Inside the Mind of a Birder: A Comedic Look at what Makes Birders Tick by Faansie Peacock

11h30-13h00: Gauteng – a small and surprising wonderland for birding by Etienne Marais, in association with the Gauteng Tourism Authority

14h00-15h00: One World by Jonathan Leeming. The choices that we make every day have the power to contribute positively to sustainability, or to add to existing problems.

15h30-16h00: Birds & Wildlife of Madagascar by Heinz Ortmann

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