July29

Flock of Greater Flamingos spotted at Bot River Lagoon

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Greater Flamingo scientifically classified as ‘phoenicopterus roseus’

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They appear mostly white at rest.                                                                                                                                                   DSC_0658  DSC_0660

In flight you can clearly see the salmon- pink on the wings and the black flight feathers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DSC_0664  DSC_0665

This is the larger of the two African flamingos.They have very long legs and neck.

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The face and bill are pale pink with a black bill tip.                                                                                                                          DSC_0673  DSC_0685

What a pleasure to observe this beautiful flock enjoying new feeding grounds as the Bot River Lagoon fills up.

July19

Black Shouldered Kite

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My husband and I spotted this magnificient adult Black Shouldered Kite sitting on a telephone pole on our way to the Bot River Lagoon mouth with a dead rodent clutched firmly in its claws.

You can clearly see the grey and white feathers, distinctive black shoulder patches and striking red eyes with beautiful white tail.

This beautiful open- country raptor often perches on telephone poles and lines and hunts from these high up positions mainly for small diurnal rodents. It also hunts by hovering and then parachuting onto prey with wings forming a deep V

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July9

‘Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk’

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Come and join in the fun on the 7 August 2015 for the ‘Hermanus First Friday Artwalk’

There is artwork that will fascinate, inspire and captivate your imagination.

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July9

Hiking

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There are a number of hiking trails starting in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve varying in time, distance and difficulty.

There are Day Hikes:

Perdeberg Trail which is classified as moderate to long,  22 km, approximately 7 – 8 hours.

Palmiet River Walk which is classified as easy, 10 km, easy, 3 hours.

Oudebosch – Leopard’s Gorge which is classified as moderate, 3 – 4 hours.

Kogelberg Trail which is classified as moderate to long, 24km, 8 hours.

Three Sisters which is classified as moderate , 8km, 4 hours.

Other Trails:

Houwhoek Trail which is classified as moderate, 8km, 3 hours.

Rooisand Ramble which is classified as easy, 5km, 2 hours.

Hangklip/Brodie Link which is classified as easy, 3km, 1 – 2 hours.

Enquiries:                   Reservations:

Tel: 028 271 5138       227 362 8873

There is an opportunity while the Bot River Lagoon mouth is closed for those who would like to go on a leisurely scenic hike along the beach from the Botriver Lagoon to Kleinmond.

This is an easy, 7km walk.

imagesection of map from Cape Nature ‘Kogelberg Nature Reserve Pamphlet’

Below are some photos of our last trip:

Bot River Lagoon with Kogelberg mountain in the background

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Looking back to see Hawston in the background.

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Kleinmond up ahead

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Zooming in on what’s ahead

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Finally here ….ending the hike with something to eat and drink at the restaurant up ahead,

Sandown Blues Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

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