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The 2014 'Amazing Bird Race' (Local News)
 
The Swifts or Engelbrechts! Winners of the 2014 Amazing Bird Race. Daniel, Graeme and Pappa Derek.On Saturday 05 July four eager teams lined up for the third annual 'Amazing Bird Race' hosted by Birdlife Polokwane. The trophy holders 'Die Katlagters' were keen to defend their title but were up against a determined lot in the form of 'The Swifts', 'Blits Bosloeries' and 'tupid Buitelanders'.

The teams all met at the starting point at 07h30 where they were given 11 cryptic clues that had to be deciphered in order to obtain the target bird species. With much help from 'Google' the teams set off to search for and photograph the 11 species. There was a good mix of bushveld species on the list including Crimson-breasted Shrike, African Hoopoe, Blue Waxbill and Cape Glossy Starling as well as several suburban birds such as Cape Wagtail, Speckled Pigeon and even Common Myna.

'The Swifts' team lived up to their name and came through in first place, in a new record time of 69 minutes, 12.300 seconds with the 'Blits Bosloeries' not far behind in second place in a time of 83 minutes. The 'Stupid Buitelanders' surprised themselves and took the bronze medal with last year's winners trailing the field by some margin!!!

Long after the adjudication and prize-giving was over the banter, excuses and ribbing could still be heard while teams enjoying a drink and a braai together at the Tembele Country Estate. Reminds me of how cricket was played in the old days.

 
 
Compiled by: Joe Grosel  
Published on: 2014-08-12  
 
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