Sunday, 20. August 2017
Mariana is an accredited tourist guide, with particular skills in the fields of birds, birding and botanising in the Western Cape.
My association with Mariana is through the Cape Bird Club's links with Tygerberg Bird Club, our "sister club" in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Mariana is currently the Chairman of this club and has carried the position with distinction for several years.
I have no doubt that the energy, commitment and enthusiasm that Mariana brings to her role as Chairman of the Tygerberg Bird Club will be reflected equally in her tour guiding activities.
Mariana's enthusiasm is infectious. Her outgoing and friendly disposition, knowledge in her chosen field and attention to detail will assure anyone participating in her tours of a stimulating and memorable experience.
Cape Bird Club
PO Box 5022
Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
About 350 bird species can be seen in the Western Cape, making this region a hotspot for birdwatchers from all over the world. Fynbos endemics include Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rockjumper, Protea Canary, Victorin's Warbler and Hottentot Buttonquail.
The Western Cape is home to South Africa's National Bird, the Blue Crane. Other large birds that can be seen here include Ostrich (seen in the wild in nature reserves), Stanley's Bustard, White Stork and a variety of Heron. Raptors include Verreaux's (Black) Eagle, Cape Vulture, African Fish-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Osprey, Jackal Buzzard, African Marsh-Harrier, Black Harrier, Booted Eagle, African Goshawk, African Harrier-Hawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Black Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Lanner Falcon, Rock and Lesser Kestrel.