Spier Farm Eagle Encounters.

image

Where the owls are …

Spier Farm. – A month ago I visited the Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm to learn how these birds of prey keep the farm healthy and balanced, allowing Spier to do pest control naturally and without the use of nasty chemicals.

Eagle Encounters receives and rehabilitates birds of prey that have been injured, poisoned, abused or hand-reared. When they are fit they are released into the wild where possible, although many have sadly been hand raised and are human imprinted, therefore can’t survive in the wild and find sanctuary here.

Others have been injured, possibly by cars or pylons, found wounded and brought here to be nursed back to health before a re-release. Others are victims of poaching, import and export of rare birds, victims of life.

It’s an educational visit, the birds used in the fly displays are full of character and you even get to stroke the owls. Oh, one sat on my head. Not something I ever expected to experience.

Spier Farm says that the birds of prey are crucial in keeping the farm’s ecosystem in balance. Kites, buzzards and vultures are scavengers who clean-up any organic remains, helping to prevent disease. Small falcons keep the locust, cricket and grasshopper populations in check, which would otherwise destroy our crops.

A barn owl family consumes up to one ton of rodents like rats and mice, which cause damage and soil erosion per year. Raptors also help to keep the numbers of seed-eating birds like guinea fowls and doves under control. African Goshawks prey on starlings, making sure they don’t consume too many insects, which help to pollinate crops and are a source of food for other birds.

image

These sweet curious little guys in a row.

image
image

This guy has lost an eye and can never be released into the wild.

image
image

During the flying display, this happened. He’s much heavier than I thought.

image

Sonic the porcupine who was hand-raised after being found in a drain and eventually brought to Eagle Encounters where he now lives. A real cutie.

Current entrance fee: Adults R70 | Children R60 | Students and Pensioners R65. Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 to 17:00 except for Christmas Day. Contact number +27 (021) 858 1826.

Read more about their work and confirm details hereConnect on Facebook too.

image

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Dawn Bradnick JorgensenDawn Jorgensen
Follow me on social media
Follow me on Bloglovin’Follow
The Incidental Tourist

The Incidental Tourist is a Personal Travel Blog of a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment.

Here I bring you narratives, stories, video and photographs from my travels around the globe, including accounts of gorilla trekking in Uganda, tree planting in Zambia and turtle rescue in Kenya, accommodation and restaurant reviews, as well as details of the conservation efforts that I support.

A self proclaimed earth advocate and beauty seeker, I invite you to join me and share in my love of sustainable travel – and the rich offerings of our beautiful world.

My latest tweets
My latest travel video below.

Amazing Thailand. Ko Samui.

As one of Thailand's largest islands, Ko Samui is also one of the most popular. Offering beautiful w…