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Highmoor and Glengarry

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Report by Paul and Sally Bartho

28 October 2018

Sally and I went to a small holding near Glengarry. Sally’s son and fiancee Michelle Lutener’s property.

We went to witness their marriage on their property. Family from all over the world came to celebrate with them. Magic. Great sunny day and wonderful venue.

We spent 4 days up there. On the day after the wedding, Sally and I drove up to Highmoor NR doing a quick two hours of birding including a short walk to the first dam at the top.

Birding was quiet despite our early start. in total we identified 31 different species of birds. Click here to view the list.

Here are some photos of the birds we did manage to see.

Mountain Reedbuck were seen near the Highmoor Dam – quite far away but nonetheless very skittish. Their call attracted them to us.

Mountain Reedbuck


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Nambiti – Elephant Rock

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Report by Sally and Paul Bartho

30 October 2018.

After the wedding in Kamberg, Sally treated her two sons from Australia to a two night stay at Elephant Rock in Nambiti.

We had a family cottage – two en-suite bedrooms overlooking a dam.

We arrived at lunchtime in blistering sunshine and enjoyed a pleasant meal with a fair share of tipples.

Then, when it was time for the afternoon drive at 16h00 the weather went overcast and was decidedly cooler on the way back.

Birding was not the name of the game. We shared the vehicle with six others from Germany. Most of the interest was focussed on the Big Five and other animals. Birds were not a priority – much as we expected- but the drives did stop for birds we thought others might be interested in. Despite that we identified 93 different bird species. Click here to see…

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Save Lake St. Lucia

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Janet Cuthbertson to Save our Lake St. Lucia

Isimangaliso Action Group have have submitted comments re the Proposed mining (photo below showing proposed drill sites) of the dunes in the protected area South of Mapelane: – Comments on the Draft Basic Assessment Report for the Application For Environmental Authorisation Of Prospecting Proposed By Eyamakhosi Resources (Pty) Ltd (KZN 30/ 5/1/1/2/10732pr)

……. Attention: Thami Mabaso and Senzi Thabisile Mabaso

Dear Ms Mabaso

The iSimangaliso Action Group is a group of citizens concerned with the prospecting proposed by the Eyamakhosi Resources. The original members of this group were involved in the Campaign for St Lucia which successfully stopped the mineral sands mining of the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The group first heard of this application in July 2018 while planning an event to commemorate this victory. Our concerns are…

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