Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – December 2013.

This is a working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Zandvlei Trust.

The end of another successful year. Well done, and thank you to everyone who helped this year.

A hot, humid, sunny afternoon, with some clouds, with a SE breeze.
Bert, Robin, Barry and I went back to Management Block 27 and continued in this area. There is enough work to keep us busy for some months in 2014. A special in this area is the Psoralea laxa. One of the tiny flowers about 2mm wide.
The grass recently mowed at the end of Promenade Road. The Tortoise Berry shrubs are in fruit at this time. Good eating too.

The Zandvlei estuary mouth was closed and the water level was quite high in the main vlei and the incoming rivers. The flow under the railway bridge was measured at 1 metre per 12 seconds. The Fish Eagle announced its presence before descending and resting on the perch at the north end of the vlei.
The bird count was 21 species with the African Fish Eagle as the highlight. There were very few birds on the open waterbody or in the air. There were a few Boland Brown butterflies moving about, and the small grasshoppers were the most abundant insects about on this late spring day.

Nasturtiums are a real problem escapee plant anywhere near waterways. They are extremely difficult to control, however pretty they may seem.



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