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Die Oog Visit

I went to Die Oog yesterday afternoon. The water level of this sanctuary is still very low. Lower than it was last year this time. Even the rains of the last few days has not made much difference.

The birding life also did not show much either. The family of YellowBill Ducks were there as was the Little Grebe pair, there were a couple of Moorhen and White Knobbed Coot. The solitary cormorant was there.

Other birds seen were some Cape White-eyes, a pair of Cape Bulbul, some Cape Sparrow and a flock of Helmeted Guineafowl. As I was leaving about 20 Hadeda landed in the trees next to the lake. No sign of the Cape and Masked Weavers yet.

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Your garden can make a difference.

Promoting biodiversity simply means you recognise the circle of life and how everything is interconnected. As a gardener you have a unique opportunity to make a difference to the cause of biodiversity. And a garden full of the buzzing of the bees, the song of the birds and the croaking of the Frogs is much more interesting than one which is beautiful but is devoid of animal life. It’s alive, as will be your joy when you notice how life begets life, how biodiversity encourages more biodiversity, how the more you plant for wildlife the more it visits, or comes to life in your garden.

Invite wildlife into your Garden.

Plants and animals have different needs and live in different habitats. Here are some simple ideas to make your garden into a home for wildlife:

1. Make a wildlife pond.
2. Create a ‘quiet’ part of the garden
with dense planting.
3. Make a pile of rocks or build a wall.
4. Relax, let animals chomp leaves and flowers – enjoy the beauty of insects instead.

JUST FOR FUN

Keep your eyes open for new wildlife arrivals throughout the seasons. Record your suburban wildlife sightings with a camera or notebook.

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Pied Kingfisher

Saw a Pied Kingfisher sitting on the rocks watching out into the surf. Was informed by some birding fundies that the Pied Kingfisher is the only kingfisher that uses both Fresh and seawater to forage for food.