Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – May 2014.

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

A warm, cloudy to overcast afternoon with a NW breeze blowing. A cold front is approaching with rain forecast for tomorrow. The mouth of Zandvlei was closed and the water level was about medium height. The water flow today under the railway bridge was 1 metre per 12 seconds.
Back in Management Block 27 we continued cutting mainly Brazilian Pepper trees. There was a large Cestrum tree next to the railway line which Robin and Barry cut down. Also a large Rooikrans. Sue pulling a Brazilian Pepper tree branch out of the way to get at live branches below. Bert worked the Brazilian Pepper trees next to the railway line.

The bird count was 32 species for the afternoon. We counted over 60 Great white Pelicans on the vlei
in the NW bay near the scout base. There were 36 White backed Ducks present as well. We counted over 60 Great White Pelicans in this group photo. The Silver bottom Brown butterflies were the dominant species seen today. The prize was seeing the large Mole Snake in Block 21, it was a very good size and appeared to have recently shed its skin, as it was very glossy and brightly coloured. We had no idea how much of the snake was under ground, as this is what Robin and Sue saw when passing. It was motionless for about 3 minutes while we watched. It is wonderful to know they are still around. One very seldom sees a snake these days even in the Nature Reserve.
Also saw a clear foot print of a Grysbok in the sand.
The Chasmanthus are just starting to flower and the potato creepers are flowering too.




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