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Trip Report – Champions of the Flyway bird race for conservation

Trip report: “Champions of the Flyway” – a bird race for conservation in southern Israel – March 2015.


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Hume’s or Desert Tawny Owl (Strix [butleri or hadorami]) in the Judean Desert two days prior to the bird race. Image courtesy of Jim Lawrence, BirdLife International. Strix hadorami has only very recently been described to science (Kirwan, Schweizer & Copete, 2015), too recently for most authorities to recognize it yet.  Bizarrely, there is now evidence it could be close to African Wood Owl, to which it sounds very similar.

Background

The Champions of the Flyway is a mega-exciting 24-hour bird race (midnight to midnight on 25 March 2015), during which a bunch of teams (32 this year) compete to try and find the largest number of bird species in a single day. The playing field is southern Israel, from Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea northwards towards the Dead Sea and then west towards the Mediterranean, as shown on this map. From the southern point of the race area, at Eilat, four countries are visible – Israel itself, and then also Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The rugged walls of the Jordan Rift Valley tower above each side of Eilat. This is an exciting meeting point of three continents: standing in Asia, we’re within kilometers of Africa, and very close to Europe as well. This is a convenient land bridge for birds to migrate across en route between Africa and Eurasia twice a year.

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Some great desert birds such as Hooded and White-crowned Wheatears, and a spectacular number of overflying birds of prey (brown eagles, buzzards, kites, harriers, sparrowhawks, and others), storks (Black and White Storks), and more can be found above the mountainous walls of the Jordan Rift Valley, which extends through Israel, Jordan, and Palestine.

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James Curry of Birding Adventures TV was in Israel to film this epic bird race.

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The three of us from the Birding Ecotours/South Africa team, at North Beach on the northern Red Sea, Eilat – also doing our bit for another conservation cause – “Save our Flufftails”: Birdlife South Africa has an ongoing project on the critically endangered White-winged Flufftail, which seemingly migrates between South Africa and its Ethiopian breeding grounds.

The Champions of the Flyway is not just for fun (although that it is!): the express aim of the 2015 race just completed was to raise funds to help stop the large-scale massacre of migrant birds on the island of Cyprus, which they visit on transit while they fly between Africa and Eurasia (see http://birdingecotours.com/the-champions-of-the-flyway-project-because-it-is-personal/ for details about the voluminous slaughter of birds, both big and small, on this island).

Preparation, fundraising, and the build-up of excitement, January to March 2015

Our friends Meidad Goren and Jonathan Meyrav had been getting us excited about this epic race for well over a year (it all began at the 2013 British Birdfair, in fact), but finally (in early 2015) we had the honor of actually being invited to participate in the event! We, the South African/Birding Ecotours team, were to be the only southern hemisphere team to take part in this incredible bird race! We spent the next couple of months cramming – stacks of Middle Eastern birds to learn! And we used social media, Trevor’s southern African rare bird alert, the Birding Ecotours website, and our contacts to try and raise sponsorship for our team – ultimately to be donated to BirdLife Cyprus. We are absolutely delighted to announce that the South African team was often right at the top of the fundraising game, far exceeding our £3000 target and actually collecting well over £4000 for bird conservation, thanks entirely to our generous supporters, all shown below up to the end of March (when this report was written) – please note that you can still go to https://www.justgiving.com/COTF-birding-ecotours/ and donate now, though – the birds very much need your help! We were neck-and-neck with two other teams in our fundraising endeavors – the three teams always being near the very top, generating some healthy rivalry that ultimately saw the birds getting more help than they would have otherwise. Only the Dutch Knights and the Birdwatch/Birdguides Roadrunners eventually ended up raising more money than we did. South Africans, along with our fans from other parts of the world, did us very, very proud. Thank you! Specifically, we’d like to thank each and every one of you shown at the end of this document.

Fundraising Summary: 144% of target

Total: £4,325.06 raised of £3,000.00 target (as of 29 March 2015)

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The Eurasian Eagle-Owl near the airport in Tel Aviv

Pre-race scouting, 20 March

After touching down in Tel Aviv on the early morning and collecting our rental vehicle we went to a stakeout near the airport for Eurasian Eagle-Owl (the gen was provided by our friend Oz Horine), which Jason quite quickly located sitting on the walls of the quarry. We also found numerous other good birds such as our first of many awesome Sylvia warblers, Eastern Orphean Warbler. We then headed to Jerusalem, where we had a quick look at the old city, before continuing to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (423 meters – 1388 feet – below sea level!). Jason decided to float on the very salty waters (34 % salt!), while Trevor and Chris just waded in. Around the Dead Sea we found some good birds, such as Tristram’s Starling, Fan-tailed Raven, and Desert Lark. An hour or so before dark we found ourselves only about 50 km north of our destination (Eilat), and we met up with Oz Horine (at Yotvata, a place we’d get to know rather well in the next few days). Here we birded a little with Oz before eventually joining an Eilat Birding Festival (http://www.birds.org.il/en/event-page.aspx?eventId=73) group to see Egyptian Nightjar (which we eventually got great views and photos of), also finding desert hedgehog in the process! Eventually, well after dark and rather exhausted after all the travels, we reached picturesque Eilat (our base for the next few days of scouting as well as for the bird race itself).

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Egyptian Nightjar (Jason Boyce)

Pre-race scouting, 21 March
Today we learned many of the sites close to Eilat, starting at Holland Park with Oz Horine again. This is a brilliant wadi (dry river bed) bordering on Eilat, which is full of wonderful old world warblers (the three most abundant being Lesser White-throat, Common Chiffchaff, and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, but also with a few other very good ones thrown in, such as Rüppell’s, Sardinian, and Subalpine Warblers). There were also good numbers of other high-quality species, such as Bluethroat, Sand Partridge, Arabian Babbler, etc. After birding this fine site we had a quick breakfast before heading into the mountains to look for overflying raptors (we found some good species, such as Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, and many others). Two nice Wheatears showed well – Hooded and White-crowned. And it was good to meet the first of many fellow birders – Ben MacDonald from Bristol and also the Cape May Bird Observatory American Dippers team further up in the mountains. Throughout the day we also familiarized ourselves with other birding sites, including Km (kilometer) 19 and 20 (along highway 90 to the north) and the birdwatching/ringing centre, gradually adding new birds to our list and accumulating lifers along the way! We each got over 40 life birds while we were in Israel, in fact!

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Rüppell’s Warbler– these pink-flowered bushes were crawling with Sylvia warblers! (Jason Boyce)

Pre-race scouting, 22 March

We continued birding around Eilat. One of the real highlights was Arabian Warbler marginally south of the now very familiar Yotvata – thanks to Meidad Goren. Meidad’s biggish group of Eilat birding festival folks were very kind to accommodate us – we arrived just as they had found the bird – as we literally jumped out of our rental car and ran to the group, saw the bird, and left almost as soon as we had arrived. Sometimes we sit and enjoy the birds we see, but this was not the time, as we still had tons of scouting to do (including a 6:10 p.m. “date” with Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse). We had lots to accomplish before the big day of the race, which we were getting increasingly nervous about. Nervous excitement mounted!

Pre-race scouting and spectacular owl/nightjar tour, 23 March

This was a big day (and a bit), starting at 3:00 a.m. and ending the following day just before 1:00 a.m.! We headed far to the northwest, all the way to Nizanna, where we picked up Macqueen’s Bustard (displaying – very, very spectacular!), Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, and a big stack of other mega-amazing birds – all found with the kind help of Meidad Goren. With a great many new birds under our belt we headed back to Eilat to prepare for our owl tour, starting at 3:00 p.m. Hadoram Shirihai accompanied us – the owl we were about to look for was actually named after him, Strix hadorami (Desert Tawny Owl). One of the leading pelagic bird specialists on the planet, Hadoram has also made a huge mark on his home front – the Israeli birding scene in general. We were in no ways disappointed, and it was great to see Hadoram himself genuinely spectacularly excited – the views we got of Desert Tawny Owl here in the Judean Desert were perhaps the best even the man himself had ever obtained!

“Oh, what a night.
Late March back in 2015.
What a very special time for me,
‘Cause I remember what a night

Oh, what a night.
You know, I didn’t even know the owl’s name,
But I was never gonna be the same.
What an owl. What a night”.

– we should all have sung this Frankie Vallie song (but were too tired, I guess, and had another MEGA bird to find).

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Somewhere in the Judean Desert just above the Dead Sea….waiting for the owl to appear on the edge of the cliff face below us…! Photo by Jim Lawrence, BirdLife International

After obtaining brilliant views of Desert Tawny Owl we headed southwards back towards Eilat to look for Nubian Nightjar near the southern edge of the Dead Sea. After getting great views of this rare bird we eventually returned to Eilat close to 1:00 a.m.

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Nubian Nightjar by Jim Lawrence, BirdLife International

(Very last-minute) scouting the day before the race, 24 March

We found quite a number of new trip birds today, and all the teams and organizers also met for a couple of hours to discuss the plan for the big day and to agree on the final bird list to use. We sat down with Itai Shanni (see http://eilatbirding.blogspot.com/), who helped immensely. And we frequently pestered Jonathan Meyrav for information today and throughout our time in Israel.

25 March 2015 – the actual Champions of the Flyway Bird Race

On 24 March we ate an early, quick dinner and then headed to bed soon after 8:00 p.m., setting our alarms for the same night – 11:50 p.m.! Just after midnight, still trying to wake up, we headed to the race start line (the lobby of the hotel) and immediately had James Curry and team interviewing us for Birding Adventures TV (and cracking jokes!). It was quite a rude awakening, really, ha ha! Leaving the cameras “in the dust”, about ten minutes later we found ourselves at the birdwatching centre, where we heard a couple of shorebirds such as Common Greenshank, making them the first birds for our list. The Next Generation Birders then shared gen on a nearby Pallas’s (Great Black-headed) Gull, which we managed to see in the dull lighting of the streetlamps. This is a wonderful race, in which all the teams freely share information – and actually the Next Generation Birders (http://nextgenerationbirders.blogspot.com/) won the prize for being the most helpful of all the teams and sharing the most gen. A Champions of the Flyway whatssapp group was created specifically for the purpose of sharing information between teams, in fact.

We then headed, in the dark, three hours to the north (Nizanna), stopping only at our Western Barn Owl and Long-eared Owl stakeouts (both at Kibbutzim). Our two owls were good news (as was Eurasian Stone-curlew), but we also got some bad news: just when it was too late, we got a group whatssapp message that a Eurasian Scops Owl had been heard at the Ben-Gurion Memorial – David Ben-Gurion was the founder and first prime minister of Israel – and this was going to be a recurring theme: pass a site, get a whatsapp that we had just missed something, get upset, and be forced to continue to find our next bird (because of very limited time!). We were unable to return for the scops owl because we had bustards, coursers, and sandgrouse to locate – we did quite well with those, thankfully, and also found stacks of other goodies. One of the real highlights was hearing the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G insect-like trill of a Savi’s Warbler.

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Golden jackal distracted us and slowed us down a bit as we could not resist getting some photos. (Jason Boyce)

But we then got one incredibly big fright when the Palestinian Sunbirders sent a message to the whatssapp group just after dawn that they had over 100 species already (….while we were just managing double digits). Ha ha, actually we caught up pretty nicely later in the day, though, but this was an unpleasant surprise nonetheless.

Heading southwards, we managed to get ourselves an hour behind schedule. So we had to forfeit the Bonelli’s Eagle lookout. We did do various other sites around Sde Boker, though, which were very productive. Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Northern Raven, Alpine Swift, Common Swift (Pallid Swift eluded us today, even though it’s a fairly common bird throughout the race area), Song Thrush, Common Blackbird, and numerous others put in an appearance. Spotted Sandgrouse was a real highlight at the site that Meidad Goren very kindly had shown us a couple of days back (although at that point the stakeout lacked any sandgrouse).

Birding the Kibbutzim (the same ones we previously did in the dark just for owls) was very productive, generating Meadow Pipit, Cretzchmar’s Bunting, and many other new birds for this big day.

Racing further southwards, when we eventually reached the HaMeshar Plains, where we were hastily escorted back to the main road by the military, who told us that access to this area was currently not possible. Since we were behind schedule we were unable to substitute this habitat with the Uvda Valley further south, and thus missed a good number of species, such as Asian Desert Warbler and Temminck’s Lark, which lurk only in this arid plains habitat.

We did find that a major feature of this race was that there were simply too many species to target in 24 hours, so it was either a matter of doing fewer sites thoroughly, or a greater number of sites very, very fast and only birding them “on the surface”. We opted for the latter option, and by the end of the day we pretty much agreed that this was the best strategy, which will only need some tweaks we’d want to make for 2016 to try again to perhaps take the title of Champions of the Flyway! But well, we knew we were missing a couple of birds at each stop we made. A 48-hour race is something the organizers have in fact talked about, which would allow a more thorough treatment of the race area (although a 24-hour race must be much less tiring and would have my vote – despite not allowing anything but a peripheral treatment of the race area). Missing common and easy birds on the race day – such as Green Bee-eater (and in fact both other bee-eaters) drives the point home that we had to bird peripherally and not do any one site thoroughly at all.

Yotvata generated most of the target birds we had found during the scouting days, but since we were still badly behind schedule we had to rush this site too. Since we were “ahead” of most of the other teams (not necessarily in our bird count, ha ha, but in our travels southwards back towards Eilat – most teams started in the north and headed gradually southwards), we continued getting frustrating whatsapp messages such as “a Black Scrub Robin showing extremely well at Yotvata – beautiful bird!”. There was never time to turn back for anything, and neither was there time to stop for Arabian Warbler in the Acacia stakeout we had previously familiarized ourselves with!

Continuing, Km 19 and 20 generated stacks of new birds for the day, including wildfowl, gulls, terns, and shorebirds – including some single birds we managed to pick out (very luckily!). These singletons included Red-necked Phalarope, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, and Pied Avocet (along with more abundant waders such as Common Redshank, Ruff – a few of them starting to moult into breeding plumage, Kentish Plover, and stacks of others).

And pretty much we then headed back to Eilat, where we birded the productive wadi at Holland Park, as planned finding new birds for the day such as Sand Partridge (although that almost evaded us!). North Beach was next on our agenda, for the interesting-looking Red Sea endemic White-eyed Gull (which is Near-threatened), along with various other gulls, terns, and more.

After some desperate attempts for our bogey bird Green Bee-eater and a couple of other “silly misses” we had to race back northwards to get to Km 19 for the dusk appearance of Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse and were amazed to add eight birds to our list here, the highlight being Barbary Falcon. The sandgrouse came in on cue, while we spent quality time hanging out with a bunch of newly-made friends – almost all the other teams waited with us for the sandgrouse to wing their ways in.

Our final stop of the day was back in Eilat for Striated Heron, which unfortunately did not show itself, meaning we ended on a round total of 150 bird species. We are quite proud of this total, as it was our first attempt (we did not participate in the race in 2014). Among the international teams, the winning score of 169 bird species went to the American team, and we’d like to sincerely and hugely congratulate these star birders! Well done, Michael, Doug, Glen, and Jeff! Truly a great bunch of folks, who we enjoyed chatting to whenever we bumped into them during our time in Israel – see http://www.champions-of-the-flyway.com/american-dippers/ for more details about this great team!

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We saw Green Bee-eater virtually daily – except on the race day! (Jason Boyce)

What is a possible strategy for next year, based on what we learned this year? We think that next year we could get 170 species and perhaps even win (ha ha, if extremely lucky!). Apart from studying the stakeouts and species (especially the contact calls of overflying birds) better, we’d also tweak some of the plan for the race day. It’s probably not the best idea to be “ahead” of all the other teams in terms of position on the “race course”, as it means we dip on more of the reported species (on the whatssapp group). On one hand, it often does feel good to be “at the front” and to report the first owls, Savi’s Warbler, and more. But on the other hand, it does not feel good to be too late to “twitch” the Eurasian Scops Owl or Black Scrub Robin reported by teams “behind” us and speeding slightly less than us! In 2016, the biggest tweak would probably be adding Yeroham Lake to our route, as that seemed to add a big bunch of species to other teams’ lists (even if it means losing one or two other species because we would have to do all the sites we did choose to do even faster). Frustratingly, the copy of “A Guide to the Birding Hotspots of Southern Israel” by Shirihai et al. was waiting for us on arrival back home (thank you, postal service…..NOOOT!!). This book might certainly have helped a little, and we’ll certainly be reading it before next year’s event!

Every minute of this epic bird race was amazingly exciting, and one thing we did get very right was that we had FUN – stacks and stacks of it!

And it must be emphasized that conservation fund-raising was what this exciting event was all about – the real winner was the birds, as about US$50,000 was raised by all the teams, to be donated directly to bird conservation in Cyprus. The biggest “THANK YOU” is due to all the sponsors, of all the teams!

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The group photo on North Beach just before the prize-giving ceremony – tired but happy birders these are!

26 March

After sleeping in a little we attended the excellent prize-giving and closing ceremony, once again giving us the opportunity to enjoy chatting to a great many new friends – the bonding that happened between all the teams was quite something to experience; any so-called “rivalry” was certainly friendly and pure fun! Thanks very much to all the local birders who so freely shared their knowledge with us, all the other international teams who did the same, and the organizers for making this an unforgettably spectacular event!

After lunch, we attended our first real Israeli bird twitch and finally got to see and photograph Black Scrub Robin (if not on the race day) at Yotvata before heading back to Tel Aviv for our early morning flight the next day. Tantalizingly, we also heard about a twitchable Grey Hypocolius, but sadly would only have arrived at its site after dark by the time we heard about this bird – one more potential lifer to return to Israel for in 2016 (although it’s a vagrant, oops).

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We finally caught up with the Black Scrub Robin!

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The Grey Hypocolius that Oz Horine photographed – the same one we sadly did not have time to chase!

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Oz Horine and his team – this Israeli team came third overall, with 170 species (slightly ahead of the top international team). Oz shared lots of good gen with us before the race day.

Cheers and good birding – and we’ll be adding Israel bird tours under the Asian bird tour section on our website – http://birdingecotours.com/tours/tours-by-destination/asia . Also, we have for several years now offered an “Owls of the World” birding tour to Israel – see http://birdingecotours.com/tours/destination/country/israel .

See you in March 2016!

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Spanish Sparrow was often-seen, but Dead Sea Sparrow did not “play ball” on the race day. (Jason Boyce)

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Donation by Anonymous on 16/03/15

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Robyn

Good luck guys. The Birds, Beasts and Bush club in Franschhoek is pleased to support you.

Donation by Robyn Kadis on 16/03/15

£10.00

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Well done guys – good luck

Donation by Yvonne Pennington on 15/03/15

£30.00

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Backing the South African team

Donation by Sylvia on 15/03/15

£25.00

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Good luck Trevor & the team

Donation by Margie & Barry on 15/03/15

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Good luck Trevor and team

Donation by Greg Hudson on 15/03/15

£10.00

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Good Luck

Donation by Pat Haines on 15/03/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck

Donation by Ann on 15/03/15

£20.00

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Good luck with the “Champions of the Flyway” chase

Donation by Owen Oertli on 14/03/15

£30.00

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Good luck for a good cause!

Donation by Bill & Mary Heck on 14/03/15

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Best of luck, and thanks for helping out with this great cause!

Donation by Phil and Mimi on 13/03/15

$50.00

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a worthy cause good luck

Donation by bruce on 12/03/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 12/03/15

£8.00

Leonie

Good luck the three of you. Have fun and thank you for the great work you do in bird conservation – you make us proud!

Donation by Leonie Fouché on 12/03/15

$80.00

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Donation by John Bowman on 11/03/15

£10.00

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You go, guys, and above all, have fun!

Donation by Lucille Byrnes on 11/03/15

£8.00

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Good luck! And don’t forget to have fun at the same time …

Donation by Anonymous on 10/03/15

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You need all the help you can get to stop this slaughter. Good luck to the team.

Donation by Stella & Simon Fogarty on 10/03/15

£50.00

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Wishing you the best of luck!

Donation by JvD on 10/03/15

£15.00

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Donation by Wendy Colley on 10/03/15

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Good Luck Guys

Donation by Trygve on 10/03/15

£50.00

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good luck, I will double this if you win!! hope this is a good incentive

Donation by Pamela Isdell on 09/03/15

$1,000.00

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Donation by Garret Skead on 09/03/15

£50.00

mark

Donation by Mark & Maria Jones on 09/03/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Go for it Trevor, Chris and Jason. :)

Donation by Michele Nel on 09/03/15

£20.00

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Go for it Trevor and team!! Good luck!!!

Donation by Die Paddavreters! on 09/03/15

£40.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/15

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Good luck!

Donation by Cheryl Leslie on 09/03/15

£10.00

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Do it for South Africa

Donation by Ineke and Peter Huggins on 09/03/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/15

£10.00

Jacques

Donation by Jacques van Wyk on 09/03/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/15

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For the birds

Donation by Elly and Sjef on 08/03/15

20,00 €

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Donation by Erik Nielsen on 06/03/15

£10.00

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Good luck, from California!

Donation by Jay Lamb on 06/03/15

$100.00

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Good luck and keep our flag flying. May this little donation of ours help.

Donation by Marilyn and Duke Metcalf on 05/03/15

$20.00

will

Good luck and I hope this fund-raising effort manages to make a dent in the illegal hunting.

Donation by Will Goodlet on 05/03/15

£10.00

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For our birds

Donation by Anna on 04/03/15

£10.00

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Keep up the good work team

Donation by Michael,Irene,Ryan and Luke on 04/03/15

£100.00

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Best wishes to the Birding Eco -Tours Team

Donation by George Skinner on 04/03/15

£50.00

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Keep Birdlife SA’s flag flying high. Well done on your commitment,Trevor.

Donation by Pat Nurse on 03/03/15

£50.00

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Thanks to Trevor Hardacker for all he does for SA Birders

Donation by HowardL on 03/03/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 03/03/15

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Donation by Anonymous on 03/03/15

£10.00

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Donation by Dennis Cope on 03/03/15

£100.00

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for a wonderful cause!

Donation by christine read on 03/03/15

$100.00

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nice one

Donation by Anonymous on 03/03/15

£20.00

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Go well guys, from all at Lawson’s Birding.

Donation by Leon Marais, Lawson’s Birding Safaris on 03/03/15

£100.00

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Good Luck and Best Wishes to Trevor & the South African Team come home safely cheers from Peter & Marie Dagg Hermanus Bird Club

Donation by Peter & Marie Dagg on 03/03/15

£30.00

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The Widow’s mite

Donation by Sylvia on 03/03/15

£50.00

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For our birds.

Donation by Colin on 03/03/15

£10.00

Ben

We need to leave some of God’s awesome creation for our offspring

Donation by Ben Huddle on 03/03/15

£20.00

Averil

Thank you for what you are doing for conservation.

Donation by Averil on 03/03/15

£10.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 03/03/15

£50.00

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Killing of birds through the Europe to Africa flyways, and back, and around the Med. is appalling. Here’s to a successful event to help make a difference and for our team Chris, Trevor and Jason

Donation by Mel Tripp on 02/03/15

£20.00

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Good luck with the race, and more importantly the fundraising target!

Donation by Nigel Voaden on 21/02/15

£20.00

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Hou Suid Afrika se naam hoog! Keep South Africa’s name high!

Donation by Pieter on 20/02/15

£20.00

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Good luck!!!

Donation by Simone on 15/02/15

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I shall be looking out for news of you trip with interest and excitement. Fabulous destination

Donation by Gisela on 11/02/15

£20.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 06/02/15

$20.00

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All our very best wishes to Trevor Hardaker & the South African team

Donation by Anonymous on 06/02/15

£20.00

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GOOD LUCK !!!

Donation by Hedley Gerhardt on 04/02/15

£20.00

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For the South African Team

Donation by Dael on 01/02/15

£10.00

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Donation by Viv O’Neill on 30/01/15

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Donation by Mike Clacey on 29/01/15

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Donation by Mike Nyenes on 29/01/15

£10.00

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Donation by Margaret Hardaker on 28/01/15

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My donation is for the South African Team

Donation by John Fincham on 28/01/15

£10.00

wendy

Best of luck, Trevor Hardaker!

Donation by Wendy Miller on 06/01/15

Thanks again for your generous donations, including a $1000 one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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