From De Kelders to Grotto Beach

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Eight Hurriers set out from De Kelders this morning at the start of our walk to Grotto Beach.  The weather and the tides were perfect and we enjoyed a really wonderful excursion on this lovely stretch of beach.  Gulls and Oystercatchers abounded and watched our progress with interest, along with occasional Plovers, Wagtails and Whimbrels. Sadly our enjoyment was somewhat marred… Continue reading From De Kelders to Grotto Beach

The Epic, Part 1 – Hermanus to St Francis Bay

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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… Continue reading The Epic, Part 1 – Hermanus to St Francis Bay

The Epic, Part 2 – St Francis Bay to Underberg

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We left St Francis Bay a day earlier than planned in order to fit in a night at Stutterheim, a small village next to a good indigenous forest – home to the White-starred Robin, a target bird.  A delightful establishment called ‘The Shire’ had a cottage available and we spent a very comfortable night in what could only be described as… Continue reading The Epic, Part 2 – St Francis Bay to Underberg

The Epic, Part 3 – Underberg to Bonamanzi

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From Underberg, we took the road to Eshowe in Zululand.  We had spent 18 months there in 1976, but found he town much changed.  What was the same was the Dhlinza Forest, a well-known birding spot in the middle of the village.  We stayed at a beautiful farm , The Chase, where we occupied a comfortable cottage set in a magnificent… Continue reading The Epic, Part 3 – Underberg to Bonamanzi

The Epic, Part 5 – Hazyview to The Waterberg

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After our time in Hazyview and the KNP, we set off for Magoebaskloof, a relatively short journey, but with some good stops along the way.  These were Graskop, where we walked at God’s Window, Bourke’s Potholes, and then our real objective; a stop near the J G Strydom tunnel to search for the Taita Falcon.  We found the local guide there… Continue reading The Epic, Part 5 – Hazyview to The Waterberg