Lennart Eriksson & Evelyn Heunis
|Sandy Olver with the Seabean (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
Meeting up at our usual summer start time of 06.30 at Pennington Park, we decided to try a different trail from our usual route – through the forest on the boundary to the Environment Centre. It was a lovely sunny morning with a nice breeze. Stan started us off by spotting a Grey Waxbill, quickly followed by Red-wing and Black-bellied Starlings and a White-eared Barbet. Olive Sunbirds, Southen Boubous and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds sang whilst a Natal Spurfowl ran off screeching as they are want to do when flushed. Red-capped Robin-Chats flashed their orange tails and a Brown Scrub-Robin trilled its sweet song. Strolling further along, several Bar-throated Apalises flitted in the bushes. Green-backed Cameropterer and Yellow-bellied Greenbul called repeatedly from the thickets and a Collared Sunbird flashed by. Spurwing and Egyptian Geese and a Pied Wagtail enjoyed the peaceful pond belonging to the old-age home on the neighbouring property. Yellow and Spectacled Weavers also decided it was a good place for home and a few nests hung close by.
|Grey Waxbill (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Bar-throated Apalis (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Knysna Turaco (Photo: Stan Culley)|
|Brown Scrub-Robin (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Enjoying coffee at Umdoni Park Environmental Centre|
|Green Twinspot (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Sandy and the Seabean (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Seabean (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
The river takes the 60mm diameter seeds out to sea which are then washed up on the beaches and used traditionally as good luck charms. Another pretty tree in flower is the Barringtonia, a mangrove-type tree which is at home in the salt water of estuaries. Our visit was badly timed and we were too late in the day to spot many birds in the reeds from their delightful new bird hide. Birds seen at Nkomba were Black-backed Puff-back, Cape White-Eye and Yellow-billed Kites soared above the tree-line.
The trails there are very pretty with sturdy bridges over the wetland areas and after a satisfying braai, we vowed the next time we visited we would arrive earlier in the day.
|Where does it start and end?|
|Barringtonia (Photo: Hazel van Rooyen)|
|Swallow Lesser Striped|
|Wagtail African Pied|