Around Kanonkop

Originally posted on roncorylus:
The recent wildfires in the Overstrand threatened to disrupt the Hurriers walking programme and Ronnie’s Palmietrivier walk had to be changed. Fortunately most of Fernkloof and the other Hermanus mountains escaped the fires  and the Hurriers have risen like a Phoenix from the ashes (so to speak).  We have enjoyed two walks in the burn to marvel at the Fire Lilies… Continue reading Around Kanonkop

The Mountain Zebra National Park

Originally posted on roncorylus:
After leaving Van Staden’s, we set off for Cradock and the adjacent Mountain Zebra National Park, where we spent four very comfortable nights in one of the new Rock Chalets.  The park is set in Karoo mountains with extensive surrounding plains which abound with Mountain Zebra, Springbok, Black Wildebeest and many other species.  We were concentrating on birding as 1 March… Continue reading The Mountain Zebra National Park

Birding at Strandfontein

Originally posted on roncorylus:
We spent Tuesday morning birding at Strandfontein, after a quick foray into Rondevlei.  The latter is being drained and undergoing some upgrades, so there were not that many species around, although we did see many Avocets. At Strandfontein there were the usual large flocks of birds, especially Sacred Ibises, as well as many gulls, one flock of Greater Flamingos, many Pelicans… Continue reading Birding at Strandfontein

Empty Nest? Celebrate it! You Are Now Free As A Bird!

Originally posted on Through Open Lens:
F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 320. Great Blue Heron Why did the policeman smell bad? He was on duty. Interesting Fact: Great Blue Herons nest mainly in trees, but will also nest on the ground, on bushes, in mangroves, and on structures such as duck blinds, channel markers, or artificial nest platforms. Males arrive at the colony and settle on nest… Continue reading Empty Nest? Celebrate it! You Are Now Free As A Bird!