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Post by Michele Nel » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:03 pm

The 15th June found me at a loose end…and probably suffering from cabin fever ( I tend to suffer quite badly from that ailment :O^ ) so I grabbed my camera and off I went. I had no fixed plan but I headed off towards Cape Point. The weather was very overcast but I was out and about and even the wind didn’t deter me…..
My first stop was Boulders but the drizzle on my windscreen decided my fate – no penguin viewing for me. I drove into Cape Point.

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The clouds were really dark and overcast - what was I trying to prove. :O^ I turned off to Olifantsbos. It was very windy and miserable down there. I sat in the car and contemplated my options – which weren’t very many. Turning around and going back home was probably my best option. :-( As I was driving back to the main road I saw a break in the clouds and when I got to the T-junction I made a sudden decision to actually continue on my quest and turned right instead of left to the exit. By the time I approached the Visitor’s Centre the sun was shining and I decided to stop and have a look around. :-) I must admit it was a wise decision….

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It was truly beautiful..and I managed to capture the following birds on camera

Image Orange Breasted Sunbird

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Image Cape Sugarbird

Image Southern Boubou

Image Cape White-Eye

Image Malachite Sunbird

to be cont...:)

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Post by Toko » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:50 pm

O:V O:V O:V O:V Love the Tree of Hope there - and your photography of the Sunbirds ^Q^

It that Krantz Aloe? :-?

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Post by Michele Nel » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:01 pm

Thx Toko...not sure which Aloe it is....but let me tell you that it was full of birds. I also saw the Southern Double-collared Sunbird but never managed to capture it on camera....

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Post by Michele Nel » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:04 pm

I then decided to pop down to Buffelsfontein….first up on the list was a Cape Cormorant.

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I then decided to get the tripod out and see how best I could capture the waves. I was only person at Buffelsfontein and was soon engrossed in finding a spot to photograph the waves. I had no sooner set up my tripod when I had “that feeling” O-/ that I was been watched…..I was indeed being watched by at least 30 baboons. Now I am not the bravest when it comes to baboons so I packed up without taking one photo and beat a hasty retreat to my car. They were very chilled and not at all aggressive

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But it was a good job I had my window closed because there is always one inquisitive baboon….

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With that the weather closed in again and I headed off back home….it started drizzling before I left the Park. But that is Cape Town for you – we can have all four seasons in one day…. :O^
I also gave myself a bit of a lecture on the way home…I have this beautiful park on my doorstep and I just don’t visit it often enough…..:)

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Post by Toko » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:08 pm

Michele Nel wrote:Thx Toko...not sure which Aloe it is....but let me tell you that it was full of birds. I also saw the Southern Double-collared Sunbird but never managed to capture it on camera....
If you would have a close-up of the entire plant, I think I might confirm =O:

Which Sunbird do you regard as common or rather rare there?

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Re: Fauna and Flora of the TMNP

Post by Michele Nel » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:00 pm

This is all I have of the plant Toko....not sure if it helps ... -O-

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We get 4 Sunbirds here...
Southern Double-collared most common....then I would say Orange-breasted then Malachite then Amethyst. I still do not have a decent photo of the Amethyst :twisted:

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Re: Fauna and Flora of the TMNP

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:07 pm

Wonderful to see the Cape and all the beautiful birds O/\ O/\
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Re: Fauna and Flora of the TMNP

Post by Toko » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:10 pm

Krantz Aloe O/\ O/\ O/\

I [O] only sugarbirds, the easiest ones to catch =O:

Do have also some females, would be great if we could learn eventually to ID the sunbird ladies.

The Cape Cormorant is a beaty, love the eye!

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Post by nan » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:13 pm

magnificent ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

I have some souvenirs of the Baboons =O: =O: =O:
not those, but some with a hand bag and other bags 0*\

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Re: Fauna and Flora of the TMNP

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:15 pm

Lots of eyes here, you just cannot see them =O:

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