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Owls, Kites and Vultures in Eagle Encounters at Spier, Stellenbosch (2017-09-16) Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 19 MAR 2019

Eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, kites, buzzards, secretary birds and vultures – if birds of prey interest you then a visit to Eagle Encounters at Spier in Stellenbosch should probably very firmly be on your cards.

Founded in 2001, Eagle Encounters is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism center. It is home to numerous types of rescued raptors, has a number of interactive touch points, and their flying demonstrations are always both informative and entertaining.

The girls always love visiting there (touching and interacting with the owls is by far their favourite bit), and honestly, the institution always makes for an interesting outing. Easy to recommend really.

And as a bonus, a visit to Eagle Encounters is also a visit to the delightful Spier wine estate, itself a brilliant adventure packed with food, art, activities, wine and endless views.

Related Link: Eagle Encounters | Spier | Stellenbosch

Touching Owls from Eagle Encounters at Spier in Stellenbosch (2016-09-11) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 12 MAR 2017

I’m not massively fond of animals in captivity. However, there is most of the time a sound argument for this to be a thing (and necessary at that), so okay, I’ll go with it. Plus, when you have kids, nothing beats a trip to see some really interesting feathered/furry/scaly creatures – which is a lot easier when they are conveniently all in one place.

Now, if birds of prey is your thing and you find yourself in the Stellenbosch winelands, then you are definitely in luck, because Eagle Encounters, situated on land donated by the renowned Spier wine estate, is definitely worth a stop.

Founded in 2001, Eagle Encounters is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism centre.

Birds of prey, raptors are their speciality, and scattered all about their premises you will encounter a wide variety of eagles, hawks, falcons, kites, buzzards, vultures, owls and all other manner of feathered hunters.

With funding coming primarily from their eco-tourism slant, Eagle Encounters makes sure that there is enough on the go to keep visitors interested, with various interactive shows throughout the day, including falconry demonstrations, secretary bird stomp displays, and mock hunts for their varied selection of raptors.

The birds are for the most part out in the open, tethered to their perches, which is apparently the currently most accepted way of keeping these big birds safe and sound, as it helps in preventing them from injuring themselves whilst in captivity.

(Like I said, I’m not overly fond of animals in captivity, though birds have always been the worst for me. Nothing sadder than seeing a bird in a tiny cage. I honestly don’t know why anyone keeps birds as pets. Very maddening for me. Strangely enough though, fish are alright. I have no idea why I have such a lower opinion of the little swimming fellas out there..)

Anyway, the kids always seem to enjoy the outing – though I suspect that is almost entirely based on the fact that they are allowed to touch owls, and better still, coax them to come and sit on their arms.

Which so far has worked out pretty well for us.

In other words, I’m still waiting for the day one of the owls decides to make a sudden poo!

(Mind you, this particular visit of ours was pretty cool. I got to hold a Cape Vulture aloft – man, those birds are much lighter than what their size suggests! Sadly though, Chantelle didn’t get a photo of this. A lot better than the last time I was called up during an interactive show – the guys at Giraffe House put a tarantula on my face!)

Right. So in short, an interesting visit if you are into your birds of prey. Photo opportunities as with any bird sanctuary is a bit of a hit and miss – I know that I certainly never get anything good on my little old phone camera whenever we pop in for a visit to a place with creatures behind fencing/netting…

Naturally, here’s a map if you want to go and touch some soft fluffy owls for yourself one day:

Related Link: Eagle Encounters | Facebook | Spier

Birds of Prey Cosplay: Black Canary (Kitty Honey) Cosplay 11 NOV 2013

Hailing from Argentina, cosplayer Kitty Honey, known for her love of donning skintight latext outfits, struts her stuff as DC Comics’ Black Canary, taken from the hugely popular all female covert ops team, Birds of Prey.

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Daughter of the original Black Canary, Dinah Lance certainly hasn’t had an easy life being a super hero. After being involved with Green Lantern for many years, and after a number of traumatic experiences and revelations, as well as the stripping of her natural ultrasonic scream (The Canary Cry), she eventually found purpose in her life once more when Oracle formed up the remarkably efficient Birds of Prey organization and immediately asked her to join.

An exceptional athlete with remarkable martial arts skills, Black Canary also happens to be an expert motorbike rider, meaning she is certainly not one to be underestimated. Never mind the fact that her now digitally enhanced ultrasonic scream is still a huge pain in the head!

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Birds of Prey Cosplay: Black Canary (CanduStark) Cosplay 21 OCT 2013

Hailing from Argentina, cosplayer CanduStark (known as Candela to her friends) struts her stuff as DC Comics’ Black Canary, taken from the hugely popular all female covert ops team, Birds of Prey.

birds of prey cosplay black canary by argentinian cosplayer candustark 1

Daughter of the original Black Canary, Dinah Lance certainly hasn’t had an easy life being a super hero. After being involved with Green Lantern for many years, and after a number of traumatic experiences and revelations, as well as the stripping of her natural ultrasonic scream (The Canary Cry), she eventually found purpose in her life once more when Oracle formed up the remarkably efficient Birds of Prey organization and immediately asked her to join.

An exceptional athlete with remarkable martial arts skills, Black Canary also happens to be an expert motorbike rider, meaning she is certainly not one to be underestimated. Never mind the fact that her now digitally enhanced ultrasonic scream is still a huge pain in the head!

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Comic Book Art: Birds of Prey (Batgirl) by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes Comic Book Art | Comic Books 15 OCT 2013

The Birds of Prey are definitely under attack, and by the looks of it, Batgirl doesn’t have much other choice than to surrender, in this wonderfully detailed piece of comic book art by the art team of Indonesian native Ardian Syaf and Spanish resident Vicente Cifuentes.

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Covered: Birds of Prey #5 (Alina Urusov) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 23 JUL 2011

2010 saw DC revive its Birds of Prey line under the “Brightest Day” banner, still revolving around Oracle (Barbara Gordon) and her team of superheroines, and penned once again by the returning Gail Simone.

Issue 5 entitled “Aftershock Part One of Two: Two Nights in Bangkok” features interior work by Alvin Lee and Adriana Melo with inks from Jack Pucell and J.P. Mayer, but it is without a doubt the stunning cover from one Alina Urusov featuring The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk that absolutely steals the show!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_Prey_(comics)

Covered: Birds of Prey #8 (Stanley Lau) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 28 MAY 2011

2010 saw DC revive its Birds of Prey line under the “Brightest Day” banner, still revolving around Oracle (Barbara Gordon) and her team of superheroines, and penned once again by the returning Gail Simone.

The core team is made up of Oracle (supporting only), Black Canary, Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, and finally Hawk & Dove – incidentally making Hawk the first male ever officially brought into the fold as a permanent team member.

Singapore-based Imaginary Friends Studio creative director and cover artist extraordinaire Stanley Lau was approached to produce a swathe of covers for the new series, and this particularly simple but striking team pose made the cut for issue 8, part 2 of the 4 part “The Death of Oracle” story arc.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_of_Prey_(comics)

Photo Gallery: Falcon Ridge (2010-05-10) My Life | Photo Gallery 10 MAY 2010

The Drakensberg is a spectacular part of our country, and one of the spots well worth a visit if you are ever in the area (like when Chantelle surprised me to a weekend away at the stunning Inkungu lodge for my 30th birthday!) is Falcon Ridge, a birds of prey sanctuary that is in the business of rehabilitating our feathery predators.

With a spectacular view down into the valley, knowledgeable handlers and an awe-inspiring collection of rescued and rehabilitated birds of prey, Falcon Ridge is definitely on my list of places to return to! :)

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