Birding around Cape Town

On Monday, 22 members of the Hermanus Bird Club set out for the Koeberg Nature Reserve.  Some got a bit lost along the way, as we took to the back roads in order to avoid the rush hour traffic, but in the end everyone arrived.  The weather was not at its best, with a cut-off low pressure system threatening heavy rain and flooding, but we managed to spend a few hours birding and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the environmental centre.

From there we drove to SANCOB, the world-renowned rehabilitation centre for sick and injured seabirds.  It was wonderful to see the dedicated team of volunteers who were working hard to nurse and feed a large flock of different species back to health.  The rain then set in, so we could not proceed to Rietvlei and made for our accommodation at Blaauberg instead.  Once settled in, we relaxed and enjoyed a wonderful meal and drinks at Craig’s apartment.

On Tuesday morning we braved the rush-hour traffic on our way to Kirstenbosch.  The gardens were as beautiful as ever, but the overcast and windy conditions made for poor birding, before the rain came down and we took cover in the tearoom.  From there we went to Rietvlei, and managed to see quite a few water birds before we were once again chased away by the weather.  In the afternoon we did get in a very good visit to Intaka Island at Century City, and we were all amazed to learn about the wonderful environmental work that is undertaken in this reserve.

Another night of heavy rain threatened to spoil Wednesday’s events and this was indeed the case, although a few intrepid souls who missed the Rietvlei outing went there after breakfast.  Renee and I, having learnt that our new IDs were ready, spent three hours queuing at the Home Affairs Office, instead.  What a way to end a birding trip!!

Triptychs

Triptychs are very effective story telling images and are usually made up of three different pictures, in vertical or horizontal stacks.  Single images can, however, be just as effective, especially since they form a whole, which, when separated by a frame, takes on a new meaning and encourages the viewer to look more deeply at the individual parts of the original.  One is immediately more aware of the compositional building blocks, or elements, that form the basis of the total picture.  A few examples from my portfolio are appended.

Walking at Sea Farm

Max arranged for us to walk around Sea Farm this morning.  It is a private reserve with a number of residences scattered around the coast and it is very strictly private, to the extent that there are notices all the way along the well-developed path warning of prosecution in the event of any straying above the high water mark.  Needless to say, we kept to the path!  It was eight kilometres long.

The weather was fine and cool, but unfortunately only eight walkers turned up.  We were not disappointed with the walk.  It is a beautiful peninsula and the scenery was magnificent all the way.  Flowers were not abundant in variety, but we were treated to fields of Haemanthus and numerous Brunsvigia orientalis.  We also saw around 20 bird species, including a pair of Kitlitz Plovers acting as if wounded, so as to distract us from their newly hatched young.

U10A Cricket

On Saturday we were privileged to watch Keagan playing cricket for RBPS against SACS.  Unfortunately he did not get to bat, but his team made 129 runs in their allotted 35 overs.  They then bowled SACS out for 60 and we were thrilled to see Keagie take two wickets and hold on to a good catch.  Well done!