We spent yesterday morning watching Jordan and Keagan participating in their Saturday sporting fixtures. First it was Jordan, playing water polo for the RBHS U15 B team against Wynberg. Sadly they lost 5-4. Then on to SACS, where Keagan was playing cricket for the RBPS U12 A team. They also lost, but it was a beautiful venue in which to spend a morning and the tea provided by the SACS moms was delicious!
The Hermanus Bird Club arranged a cruise on the River Rat. The start was a bit delayed as vandals had stolen the battery and cables for the motor, however, this was rectified and we set off about an hour behind schedule. The weather was perfect to start, without any wind and an overcast sky. We saw about 50 species, including an unusually large number of Purple Swamp Hens. Also of interest was an African Harrier-Hawk nest with an adult and immature bird attending. Finally we wrapped up the morning with a fine sighting of the Intermediate Egret, first seen by Barbara and Margie just outside Stanford.
Last evening BotSoc and OCF presented an evening of talks around the recent fires and their effect on our fynbos. Pat Miller, Anina Lee and Giorgio Lombardi talked about recovery of the local flora, Restios and the logistics of fire control, as we walked from the Visitors’ Centre to the Waterfall. The latter was like a fairyland with lights and sparkling wine and we all learnt a great deal about the important regeneration taking place on our doorstep. Then, to cap the evening off we had some much needed rain and can now look forward to seeing a renewed spurt of growth as the fynbos returns to life.
The event was held to raise much needed funds for the repair of burnt signage and benches within the Fernkloof Reserve.
This morning saw eight Hurriers back on the mountain for a walk over Adder’s Ladder, along the jeep track and back down over Kanonkop. Most of the time we were in the recently burnt areas, where it was good to see the plants growing well after the fire, especially the many Asparagus sp. which have already grown by up to a meter in three weeks! The fire lilies (Cyrtanthus ventricosus) are already over, but there was still a Mairia coriacea or two present. These are plants that only appear after fire.