During a birding trip to De Mond Reserve today, we were somewhat disappointed to see far fewer birds than anticipated. Where we had expected to see many Larks and Pipits, there were hardly any, and the large flocks of waders that normally characterise the lagoon edge at De Mond were down in numbers. Along the road in to the reserve, however, we were very lucky to see a Red Backed Shrike and a European Honey Buzzard. These are rarities in this part of the world.
Then on the edge of the lagoon we were very interested to see large groups of Hermit Crabs in absolute feeding frenzies, but we could not determine what was attracting them. A photo showing such a group is appended below.