Hacking Team at Zandvlei Nature Reserve – 09 September 2023.

This is a voluntary working relationship with the City of Cape Town and the Cape Bird Club since 1974.

A north westerly strong breeze was blowing with high cloud cover and some lower clouds around the mountain tops. A cold front approaching again with rain forecast this evening. The sun shone through occasionally making very pleasant working conditions on a late winters afternoon.
Bert continued cutting the Brazilian Pepper forest next to the Keysers River. Robin and I worked in the reeds cutting much smaller copsed Brazilian Pepper shrubs.  We had no problems or interference from the residents in Norfolk Park/Frogmore Estate this afternoon, not even a dog barking.

Bert came out of the jungle with a wheelchair which looked in reasonable condition and was home to a gecko which was in the folds of the chair (see the photo). I took it home to return it to the Victoria Hospital Out Patients and appeared to be a child’s wheelchair by the size of the seat. There is a marking indicating where it is from. It would have taken some effort for the person to get the chair to this area where it was dumped.

The birds were scarce today we saw only 12 species. The approaching cold front and strong wind the probable reason.

See this link for the past reports of what we have done.

photographs by Gavin Lawson.

Gavin Lawson.


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