Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Conservancy Quiz 2011 at Riverbend Crocodile Farm

Back left to right Eric Kok, Andy Ruffle
Front left to right Christine Kok, Andrew Pickles
(Photo Judi Davis)
Birdlife Trogons entered a team (pictured above) into this years Inter Conservancy Quiz held on 21st August at Riverbend Crocodile Farm.
Participants and supporters were treated to fascinating Snake and Crocodile shows, followed by a sumptuous braai prepared by the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Rangers.
It was then down to the (not too) serious business of the quiz itself. Although Trogons didn't win, we didn't come last either, I'm glad to report.
A huge thanks to both Southbroom Conservancy which hosted the event and Howard Kelly for providing the facilities at Riverbend Crocodile Farm.
Thanks also to Margaret Jones who was our lone supporter (shame on the rest of you).
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely educational day. Did you know for instance, that the crocodiles closest living relatives are birds? (We did get that one right by the way).
Kongweni Conservancy have volunteered to host the quiz next year, so we look forward to that too.

I was amazed at the number of birds frequenting the farm. Howard reports that there are some 60 Water Thick-knees present (interestingly these and African Snipe have a symbiotic relationship with crocs -again learnt at the quiz), with many egrets, Hamerkops and herons too. We also saw the first Common Sandpiper of the season, but dipped out on a pair of Barn Owls which have taken up residence in an old Hamerkop nest. 

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