Birding Big Day 2017


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BirdLife South Africa's 33rd Birding Big Day (BBD) took place on Saturday 25 November 2017. 

Birding Big Day (BBD) 2017 was a massive success with a number of records broken. During the day, 650 species, more than 75% of the species occurring in South Africa, and more than 40 000 sightings were logged on BirdLasser. But even more important, more than 1 200 people participated and enjoyed the wonderful diversity of birds that occur in South Africa. Despite the rainy weather, reports flooded in of teams who thoroughly enjoyed the day and testimonials like “this was our first BBD, we enjoyed it so much that we already booked our accommodation for next year” were not uncommon.

The winning team is Team Hamerkop (Ehren and Johan Eksteen, Duncan McKenzie and Lourens Grobler) who recorded 303 species. They birded in the Nelspruit, Barberton and southern Kruger National Park areas. The second team was the current record holders, Zonke iNyoni (Selwyn Rautenbach, Dewald Swanepoel, Joe Grosel and Henk Nel), with only one species less than Team Hamerkop. Well done to these two teams!

Corporate Sponsor

Birding Ecotours made a donation of R19 500 for BBD 2017. We want to thank Chris and his team for their wonderful support!

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Prize for most funding raised by a team. 

Team Knysna Louries won the prize for the most funding raised. This ream raised R9 000! Well done to Pat Nurse and her team. 

Two nights for four guests on a walking trail at Pafuri Trails Camp including accommodation, all meals and walks each day. This prize is sponsored by RETURNAfrica.

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 Lucky Draw Prizes


The Birder's Guide to Africa (two copies)

The winners of this wonderful book is Team Hopefield with team leader Eric Herrmann. 

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THE BIRDER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA presents the first comprehensive and detailed summary of bird watching in the African region, covering all mainland territories and associated islands. An overview of birding in the region is given in the Introduction, highlighting key destinations for different kinds of travellers. This is followed by Country Accounts in which details on travel and birding are provided for each territory, including a comprehensive list of important bird taxa to be targeted on a visit. In the Family Accounts, each family recorded from the region is briefly described, and illustrated with spectacular photographs. Finally, the Species Accounts detail information on ease of seeing, distribution, status, habitat, subspecies, taxonomic issues and best places to see, for all species. Any serious world lister or keen African eco traveller will find an abundance of information of relevance to their interest. 

Available from from late August. Retail price R 450. Special for orders placed before the end of September, R 400.


Memories of a Birdwatcher (Peter Streyn)

The winner of this prize is Team Timbavati Tits with team leader Dale Jackson.

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Struik Nature kindly donated four copes of the recenly published Memories of a Birdwatcher by Peter Steyn

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Garden Birds in Southern Africa (Duncan Butchard)

The winner of this book is Team Ruffs and a Gull with team leader Shaun Mc Gillewie. 

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Struik Nature kindly donated four copies of the recently launched Garden Birds in Southern Africa by Duncan Butchard.       

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