The arrival of Spring always brings memories of Namqualand’s fabulous flowers, so we once more hied off to Kamieskroon for a few days. It was overcast and wet all the way there, but by Friday it had cleared and we set off up the Kamiesberg Pass and spent the day exploring little traveled roads to the north-east of the town. Not only did we see good flowers, but there were many birds to record as well. Next day was spent in and round Skilpad Reserve and then on to the Wildeperdehoek Pass, before heading back to the hotel at Kamieskroon. On Sunday the temperature soared to 38 degrees and we got all but lost on farm tracks to the south-west of the town. The flowers were wonderful and we saw many different species.
Next day saw us travelling south to Paternoster, where we stayed in the Paternoster Hotel, probably best known for its famous Panty Bar! On the way we stopped to look for birds at Verloren Vlei, Rocher Pan and Velddrif. We returned to Velddrif on Tuesday in a futile search for a Red Necked Phalarope, but sadly, we failed to find it!
We spent Wednesday in the West Coast NP where we visited all the bird hides and drove around Postberg to see the flowers. Unfortunately, many had been trampled by the week end hordes, but the show was spectacular, nevertheless.
We managed to record 141 bird species, met some interesting people and renewed our ties with the area in which we spent many years whilst living in Kleinzee.