Busy Bees

A warm winter morning is just the time to see bees pollinating the Aloes in our garden.  Their hind legs must get really heavy with the weight of pollen that they cart around – in this case it can be seen as dark orange lumps on their legs.

Outing to Grootbos

Hermanus Bird Club

The HBC was well represented at the Grootbos Outing yesterday, with no less than 28 members present.  We were met at the lodge by our host and guide, Mike Fabricius, who led us on an enchanting trail through the milkwood forest and a very colourful section of fynbos in the area surrounding the “Growing The Future” project.

Birding in the forest was difficult as the birds were hard to see in the dense vegetation, however, we did hear a number of forest species.  What was really fascinating, though, was the wonderful shapes assumed by the milkwood trees and to see how they ‘walk’ by growing branches close to the ground that then re-root and become new trees.  We were also thrilled to see the plentiful fresh leopard tracks and the evidence of their scratching on the tree stems.  Mike did a great job as guide and was able to point…

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A Walk at Kleinbaai

Nine Hurriers drove to Kleinbaai on Wednesday for a most enjoyable walk along the coast towards Danger Point.  Despite a cold start, we were treated to wonderful walking weather and it was a pleasure to stroll along the coast in warm sunshine.  We were surprised by the many Lachenalias we saw growing very close to the beach.

Winter – at last!

Winter arrived in the Western Cape on Monday with a large cold front hitting the country.  Heavy rains and snow made their presence felt and water levels in our much depleted dams will be rising steadily.  A drive over Shaw’s Pass revealed beautiful snow covered peaks in the distance.