Recently I, together with the other guides at Kings Camp completed a 3 day raptor course held at the lodge…
As wildlife guides and trackers we are constantly looking at new opportunities to train and enhance our education of our natural environment. It is hard to find time to fit in any sort of training during our busy work schedule. Late last year we completed a course on scorpions and were enlightened by the new knowledge we gained on these amazing creatues.
To kick this year off, we completed a birding course in the second week of January. The course specialized in raptors. Raptors are also known as birds of prey and these included eagles, vultures owls and the smaller Accipiters such as Goshawks.
I must say that this was one of the best courses I have completed in my career. Joe Grosel is one of the top ornithologists in our country and it was amazing to listen to this man talk about raptors. I learnt a great deal about the smaller eagles in our area. In fact Joe told us that South Africa at this moment is host to the most diverse and abundant eagles in the world.
I took Joe to the southern part of our property on several occasions where we sighted an array of different eagles species. Some of these summer visitor eagles come as far as Russia to enjoy our summer in Southern Africa.
I would like to thank Warren GM of Kings camp and Charles Hardy for making this educational course possible. We as guides will be able to inform our future guests more in detail about these amazing predators of the sky.