My Beautiful Country, South Africa, has so many hidden attractions, that I am glad to be sharing it with you my fellow Bloggers and Followers.
On return road-trips back home to Johanessburg from Durban, Imran and I, try to slot in a short stop-over in this Gorgeous and Relaxing parts of South Africa. The most recent getaway to the “Bergs” , took us to the Central parts of the Drakensburg Area. There is so much to do, and this leaves us with the hope of always returning, like the Falcon Ridge-Birds of Prey Centre.
We had passed this establishment on countless occasions, but this time we finally pulled into their driveway. Look-out for them on the R600 Road in Cathkin park, Central Drakensburg.
It is a rehabilitation centre for Raptors, and it is an awe-inspiring experience to be up close to these Birds. A Bird Show is held daily at 10:30am , except for Fridays and Public Holidays. An hour long demonstration, will leave you breathless, as you take in all the very informative info about the birds, and watch as they are sent out to Spread their Wings.;)
Trying to keep up with the birds in flight can be tricky, especially the Falcons, who swoop down like a feathered missile to return back to Greg or Alison offering them a treat for their fantastic aerial displays.
Then out pranced the Black Beauty, a Black Eagle, which I had personally seen for the 1st time ever. He was such a beauty, strong and healthy with shiny black feathers, when it was time for him to spread his wings a bit, he was lucky enough to pick up a strong Thermal Lift, which carried him away to soar high above our heads in a matter of seconds, so high up that he looked like a tiny black speck in the sky.
Then the STAR OF THE SHOW, had to be my all time favourite raptor, the African Fish Eagle.???
The call of an African Fish Eagle, synonymous with the African Bush, leaves me Mesmerised. I couldn’t get enough pics of this one, he thrilled the visitors like all the rest had done. Just a pity I hadn’t thought of recording his actual Call as he awaited his turn to spread his wings. So as I leave you all to enjoy pics of my Fav Raptor, don’t forget to make time to stop by at the centre, the next time you are down in the Central Parts of Drakensburg. It was most definitely time well spent?
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