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Cape Fynbos

The Cape fynbos is one of the wonders of the world. Although it is the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms by far, it is second because of its great diversity with 9000 different species in 90 000 square kilometres. 6190 of these species are exclusive to Cape Flora. To help put these figures…


Southern Right Whale

The Southern Right Whales come to the shores of the Cape Whale Coast in about June each year to mate and calve in the shallow waters. Hermanus has gained the reputation of offering the best land-based whale watching in the world because of the excellent vantage points that the cliffs along Walker Bay provide. Many…


Lesser Double Collared Sunbird

Scientific name – Cinnyris chalybeaCommon name – Lesser Double Collared Sunbird, Klein-rooibandsuikerbekkie (Roberts 783) Description Male: The head, throat and back is metallic green, with a small blue band separating the throat from the bright red breast. The tail is black, edged grey. Female: brownish grey above and yellowish grey below. Forages in bushes and…


Frogs

The Cape has more than half of South Africa’s frog species. Of the 62 different frogs occurring here, 29 are endemic being found nowhere else on earth. Below are just some of the frogs occurring in fynbos. Frogs are found in a wide variety of habitats – from low-lying coastal areas, mountain tops, forests, desserts,…


Black Oyster Catcher

The African black Oystercatcher is South Africa’s second rarest coastal breeding bird. The total population is less than 5 000 birds. Their glossy black plumage, bright red eyes, beak and legs, and plaintive call make them a distinctive and very appealing species. African black Oystercatchers occur along the coast and off-shore islands from Namibia to…


Fynbos Living

Fynbos cannot support herds of large mammals since the nutrient poor soils on which it grows do not provide enough nitrogen for the protein requirements of large mammals. However, smaller mammals common to fynbos are chacma baboons, klipspringers, grysbok, dassies, mongooses, and the striped mouse. Fynbos does not support high numbers of birds, but all…


Wild Horses

Most of us are aware of and some of the readers may even be participants in the world wide pastime of bird watching – I am referring to birds of the feathered kind, of course! It is a fascinating, low-cost pursuit enjoyed by people of all ages and all walks of life. It brings people…


Marsh Rose

Like many of our Fynbos species, the Marsh Rose was described from a twig purchased from a flower seller in Adderly Street, Cape Town during the early 1800’s. As a cut flower, the Marsh Rose is esteemed for its exceptional lasting qualities in a vase: an inflorescence will keep perfectly for over a month. Consequently,…


Great White Shark

Unlike the true fishes, sharks don’t have internal bone, but instead have a cartilaginous skeleton (Chondrichthyes). Carcharidon carcharius is one of the largest species of sharks. It has a conical, relatively short snout, long gill slits and a large dorsal fin. The second dorsal fin is small, and it has a big curved caudal fin….


Baboons

Baboons live mostly in the African woodland savanna, and highland grasslands. They never wander far from trees, or a source of water. The Chacma baboon is found in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. On the Cape Whale Coast they live in the mountains and sometimes venture down into…


Overberg Blue Crane

Blue Cranes are endemic to South Africa except for a small population of about 80 birds in the Etosha Pan, Namibia. There are 15 different crane species in the world, three of which are found in SA, i.e. Grey Crowned Crane, Wattled Crane and Blue Crane. The Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea) is South Africa’s National…


Hermanus Art

List of Birds found in the Overberg, in alphabetical order: First number = Robert’s Bird Number Second number = Possibility of sighting, where 1= high, 2=average, 3=low, 4=unlikely * =introduced species Name Roberts Number Sighting Albatross Blackbrowed 12 4 Albatross Shy 11 4 Albatross Wandering 10 4 Albatross Yellownosed 14 4 Apalis Barthroated 465 2…


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