Photographed near Langebaan in August 2008.
Our walk on the Golf Course this morning was threatened by a slight rain shower, but fortunately we persevered and were so lucky that we did. We came across a really good patch of Orange Ring (Lactarius deliciosus) mushrooms. There were enough for us to give plenty to our neighbours and we still have sufficient for a feast at lunch time. What a win!
This walking in the garden during the “Lockdown” is really proving most interesting! We see things so much more clearly, whether they be birds or flowers. We have always had many different Pelargoniums in flower, but only now do I realise how beautiful they are, so I thought I would share them with you.
On leaving Hermanus, we traveled along the Garden Route to Knysna, our first stop. Travelling on the N1, one has little time to see small birds, but the larger ones are recognisable from the car and so our list started, growing rapidly as it does when everything counts. We deviated around the lagoons at Wilderness and enjoyed the various bird hides and look-outs. Once at Knysna, we visited the Goukamma Reserve and had good sightings of African Marsh Harriers and Black-winged Lapwings flying overhead. There was also a Western Osprey over the village and the walks around Leisure Isle and along the lagoon edge at Belvedere, proved fruitful.
Leaving Knysna, we traveled via Nature’s Valley, always a good forest birding spot, but did not see a lot. Our journey took us to St Francis Bay, where we were meeting up with friends for a few days of wild orchid hunting. Regrettably, the weather turned cold and wet and we were severely hampered in our field activities, but did manage to get in some birding, between the frustrated flower searching! Staying at our friend, Di’s house was a real pleasure and we were very comfortable and enjoyed some good times together!
We last walked on Perdeberg in February last year. It was beautiful, so we decided to go again, this time in Spring. It was still good but very different. There were many flowers as can be seen from the pictures below. The Gladiolus debilis was in flower and there were wonderful Adenandras along the path.
Eighteen walkers set out, but we split up as some did not want to go the whole way. We even managed to lose Piet and Martha along the way, but luckily they were found and all was well. The weather was good and the breeze in our faces on the return was welcome.
I was pleased to see a number of birds, including Black Harrier, Jackal Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Yellow Bishop, Cape Grassbird, Grey-backed Cisticola, Rock Kestrel and Blue Crane, but I could not find the Hottentot Buttonquail, which was my aim.
For the past few days a group of very dedicated and energetic people have been gathering flowers, building displays, making arrangements, identifying specimens, printing photographs and beavering away to get this annual spectacle underway. Tomorrow is opening day, and if the images shown below are anything to go by, it is going to be a beautiful event.