So October has come and gone and RAS has experienced yet another milestone.
Our Bird Expo went off very well with people coming from all over the country.
It proved to be a great success and there was a huge interest from the public.
Our Boyz n Blue, so called because of our branded Blue shirts decorated by our Logo, the beautiful little Swee Waxbill on the pocket, provided a wonderful team and we a had a lot of laughs and fun.
We Displayed as much as we could of the full range of birds that we keep, such as Finches: Foreign, African and South African, Some beatiful softbills and Lorrikeets, doves and quails.
We invited two other specialist clubs to join us ie The Gouldian Finch Society and The Zebra Finch Society, who put on a good variety of the different mutations. The West Rand Bird Farm , to whom we are extremely grateful for sponsoring the aviaries, also had a good stand where apart from a lot of "bird things" for sale, they also had live demos of hand-rearing baby parrots.
So much for the chit chat. Heres some Pics which can say much more:-
|Some of the Boyz in Blue Team who helped put it all together |
From Left to Right:
Marcus Hiefer, Dad Stefan, Andreas Hiefer, Eelco Meyjes, Sarel van Zyl,
Mike Pidduck, Nollie Cilliers Jan Opperman
|Some interested Bystanders|
Some more interested Bystanders
|Mike signing up new members|
Pieter and Jan concluding a deal
|Mike and Jan debating an important point|
|Three of our youth group|
Marcus , Brooke and Andreas
Aviary containing some of our beautiful indigenous Finches.
(Note no smoking sign, created spontaneously by one of our youngest member, Markus )
Taking a well earned Break!
Left to right:Tinus, Nollie, and Wimpie
Bridging the gereration gap
11 year old Brooke da Cunha( who has already written and published a book on horses) in a discussion
about some of the more finer points of breeding Gouldian Finches.
To the left is Eelco Meyjes, RAS member and Film producer, and Fred Barnicoat (Chairman Zebra Finch Society and retired Latin Master ) and a pioneer of aviculture in South Africa.
Colourful Black Capped Lorries displayed by
West Rand Bird Farm
|Well what do we have down here ??|
Some of the beautiful Gouldian Finches on display
Entrance to West Rand Bird Farm
When you`re out of carry-cages theres nothing like a paper bag !
Sarel van Zyl , RAS member and also member of the Zebra Finch society,
representing the Zebra Finch Society.
A Handsome pair of Zebra Finches