Walking in Fernkloof

Only five members of the Hurriers turned up this morning at Fernkloof for our weekly walk.  We had intended to climb Hangklip, but there was trouble in Kleinmond, so we decided to not take a chance on the road.

The weather was perfect for walking and it was good to see that the fynbos is really starting to show its Spring flowers.  The slopes of Kanonkop were covered in Aspalathus caledonensis and Geissorhiza ovata, whilst there were many Gladiolus hirsutus and G. debilis.  We also saw Liparia splendens and a single Protea scabra.

It was good to hear the Red-chested Cuckoo calling again and we also got Victorin’s Warbler, Cape Grassbird, Red-winged Starling, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Southern Boubou and Karoo Prinia on the mountain slopes.

2 thoughts on “Walking in Fernkloof

  1. Lester van Groeningen

    Hi ‘Roncorylus’, I believe you do flower / orchid walks with a group in Hermanus. My wife (Cheryl) and I were passionate ‘orchid hunters’ in the past before we left SA in 2008. We have now returned and have settled in Hermanus (currently building). We would appreciate if you could point us in the right direction with regard to flower walks or groups that may regularly meet to ID plants. We were also members of CREW in the EC and KZN. The flora here is all completely new to us as well as the fact that we are not familiar with the reserves etc. We would appreciate any help you can offer. (by the way, we are also serious birders!!).

    Thanks

    Lester and Cheryl van Groeningen

    1. Welcome to Hermanus. I suggest you join the Hermanus Botanical Society. You can find them by Googling the name or by going through the Fernkloof website (see the link on Roncorylus). They have regular botanical outings. Also be sure to attend the Annual Flower Festival starting on Friday at at the Fernkloof Reserve. You will be able to access many botanists and birders there. I will be away but look forward to meeting you in the not too distant future
      Ronnie Hazell

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