Having an evening/afternoon in which i have absolutely nothing planned does not happen overly often… I mean here i am sat on my bedroom floor casually drinking a beer and wanting to write about something. What i want to write about who knows. Lets just start with the most exciting thing…
I HAVE FINALLY GOT THE ENSUITE ROOM! Yep thats the most exciting thing thats happened. I am now living with 4 guys all 25 and under, so to have my own shower and toilet is a great great thing. Also the room is so light and spaceous with its big window and sliding door (which i can’t open the gate for, but who am i to complain). Throw in the cheap and ugly R39.99 duvet cover (not as ugly as the plain grey duvet cover) and its a good space to have.
Work wise i have been a busy busy bee. I work most days, i get bit most days. But i still love it. There has been a few chaotic moments, but you know there are chaotic moments in every job right? All i am saying is when a penguin locks its jaw and you have to tube it, the only thing you can do is use your finger as a stopper….
OH I ALSO SAW ZEBRAS.
ALL PHOTOS ARE STILL MINE 🙂 2017
Eagle Encounters – Spier Wine Estate – Stellenbosch, do it just do it if you ever are in the area and get the opportunity.
Now like APSS Eagle Encounters is first and foremost a rehabilitation centre for mainly birds of prey. (Though other birds do get admitted.) Like APSS it has its birds that unfortunately can not be released back into the wild. Unlike APSS it trains some of these birds for flight displays & handling experiences… Imagine us putting on a flying display with a few penguins, would be rubbish ay? They use these birds to raised awareness and educate people in what we call EcoTourism. I have wanted to visit since last year and finally got the opportunity yesterday.
The place is wonderful. The birds are well taken care of, have clean enviroments and are exercised. Ideally the people there would love to be able to release every bird that was admitted but that is not the case. Some of the birds they raised themselves like “Leo”, others have injuries which means they would not last in the wild like “Legs” the Secretarybird. It is these birds that they use in the displays (though a wild Yellow Billed Kite was included in the one i was lucky enough to watch).
I was lucky to get to experience a flight display, the handling of “Leo” and also the Secretarybird hunting display. The staff are so friendly and knowledgable, they do truly care for the birds that they have in their care. Please go and support them if you are in the area.
(Photos copyright of Kayleigh Hawkins 2017)
Okay i am very well aware that i haven’t updated this blog since i have been back in South Africa… I really am a terrible person in that sense. 😉 Honestly though i have been super busy. I have been working solidly since i have arrived back in Gansbaai on the 27th Oct and have had just 2 days off.
Its a pretty difficult time for everyone that relies on the Great White Sharks here. For those that are unaware the GWS have been hunted by a couple of Orcas. At least 2 White Shark carcasses have washed up over the last 6 months that show signs of Orca on White Shark Predation… Mainly the livers of the shark are completely missing. The sharks disappear for weeks at a time, the ocras are sighted again and repeat. I really do hope the white sharks do come back, but for now the copper sharks are keeping the cage diving industry here going.
I am pretty lucky i am interning at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary… Though the sharks missing affects everyone! Even us, with an increased number of our endangered African Penguin coming in with seal bites. I have already been part of a release on Dyer Island and seem to be picking up jobs here and there! Please if you are in the area pop into APSS, have a cup of coffee and a cake! See what we do here! Buy a brick or a house to support us 😉
6 African Penguins are released back into the wild.
Sandy-Guin having a preen!
Image Copyright: Kayleigh Hawkins 2017
If someone had said to me a few years ago that by Christmas 2017 i’d have visited South Africa 3 times in less than 2 years, i would have laughed at you! But here i am not even 2 years on from when i originally came out to South Africa, making my final arrangements for my 3rd trip.
This time around i will solely be based at APSS in Gansbaai for the busy chick season which is looming. I must say that i am super excited to be going back!