Walking at Kempsrivier Farm

This morning Carl led a group of thirteen around his son-in-law’s farm, Kempsrivier.  It was a change from our usual mountain hikes and provided an opportunity to see what grows on the other side of Babylonstoring Mountain.  Our walk took in some natural vegetation as well as orchards and fields of wheat and canola and extended 8.4 km.

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Our Route

We all adjourned to Gabrielskloof for a wholesome and convivial lunch afterwards and only returned to Hermanus at 16h00

Rufous Tailed Scrub Robin

On Friday we popped in at Zeekoevlei to see the rare Rufous Tailed Scrub Robin (the first one ever seen in Southern Africa!!) and were delighted that it showed itself.  I managed to get a couple of photos and we have added our names to the twitchers’ list for this bird, which already exceeds a thousand!

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Walking at Vogelgat Reserve, Hermanus

We had ten walkers for our hike to Quark Hut at Vogelgat yesterday.  The weather was perfect and the recent rain ensured that all the streams were flowing well, and there were many flowers in bloom – and even a few birds around.  We saw a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles circling above the cliffs, as well as Orange Breasted Sunbirds.  The calls of the Cape Grassbirds kept us looking for them, but they managed to elude us.

A Weekend in Knysna

When Michael and Nicky went to East London to represent their province in the Masters’ Interprovincial Hockey Tournament, we spent the weekend in Knysna with Travis and Robyn.  This gave us the opportunity to do some birding – a walk at Belvedere revealed three Olive Woodpeckers, some Swee Waxbills, a pair of Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatchers and a Klaas’s Cuckoo – in that order!  These are not common birds, so we were thrilled to see them so easily.

We also enjoyed walks in the Rheenendal Forest and at Leisure Isle.  I had a chance to photograph Robyn at home and then again when we took her to her riding lessons – where she showed us how well she handles her favoured mount, Coffee.

Family photographs

I had fun putting together a large composite image which I have had printed and framed. It is made up of 99 separate images, and provides an insight into the extended family since the advent of digital images.  Hanging in our home, it is a constant reminder of what our family means and the need to keep in touch at all times.

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Fifteen years of family life

Small Ericas

A hike up to Vogel Pool at Vogelgat Reserve yesterday revealed the lower slopes of the mountain to be covered with two ericas bearing tiny flowers, around 3 mm in size and another with even smaller blooms at 1 mm.  Having only a small camera with me I could not get good images, but append them, nevertheless, in the hope that one of my readers will be able to identify them.  I could not match them with the Fernkloof list.

On the birding side, there were not many of our feathered friends in evidence, but we were lucky to come across a pair of Victorin’s Warblers just below Quark hut.  They were very shy as usual, but in full voice and were happy to be in the undergrowth right next to where we were standing.