On one of our stops we visited Eagle Encounters in Stellenbosch at the Spier Wine Estate. It is a bird-of-prey rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism project.
The brochure decsribes it thus: “The centre receives birds that have been injured, poisoned or illegally removed from their nests, and works towards re-releasing healthy, fit, successfully hunting and able-breeding raptors into the wild. A self-funded, non-profit organisation, Eagle Encounters’ core function is the rehabilitation of birds of prey.”
I felt the magic from the moment i entered the area. got close and personal with vultures and falcons and these beutiful owls. Many have been rescued from people and are unable to be rehabilitated for the wilds. so sad 😦
BUT there’s a happy ending, they are so well loved and looked after by those at the sanctuary.
The lil birdy i got to have encounter with was that big-eyed owl pictured above, called, piggy, i know tis not the name i’d have given her 🙂
…it was very special indeed! i was on a HIGH !!!