It was a lovely morning in the Elgin Valley – mild sunshine with little wind. Spring was clearly approaching. The birds were chirping, and the birders were chirpy.
Number One in the Waltons’ house during the birding walk.
Then something strange happened. Out of the blue a man looking exactly like the South African President appeared among the twenty Hermanus Bird Club members enjoying the walk on Jessie and Ian Walton’s farm.
Mike Ford, who led the walk with Jessie, was nowhere to be seen, and the newcomer seemed to have taken over the leadership. Then he disappeared as mysteriously as he had appeared. And there was Mike back again, smiling. Someone noticed a discarded ANC T-shirt on a chair.
The walk was a great success. The group identified 58 bird species, which is quite respectable for late winter.
The breeding pair of Jackal Buzzards (Rooibors-jakkalsvoëls) on their nest. Image by Charles…
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