Author: Cheryl King

Good Birding in Weenen Nature Reserve

My previous post Fall in Love with Weenen told you why I fell in love with Weenen.  There was not enough space to tell you Weenen is also a top birding spot.  So here’s my second post about the wonderful birds we found. Heavy traffic along the N2 as we left the city resulted in us arriving later than planned.  The gates close at 7 p.m. and we arrived 6.30 – by the skin of our teeth as it were.  At the reception we found two birds that looked strikingly like Bearded Woodpeckers.  Between the two of us we did...

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Fall in Love with Weenen Nature Reserve

Weenen Nature Reserve is for nature lovers and birders.  If you want the excitement of the Big 5 then maybe this is not for you.  However, you cannot help falling in love with this gentle out of the way haven. And it is a mere 2 hours out of Durban. What it lacks in exciting cats, lumbering elephants and intimidating buffalo, it boasts a wide variety of buck, from the huge Eland to the tiny Steenbuck and everything in-between.  Zebras are plentiful and giraffe grace the landscape along with families of warthog strutting through the bush with attitude. Ezemvelo...

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Share My World : 20 November 2017

Thank you Cee for Share Your World. Here are my answers. If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so? Definitely not! Not because I am self-righteous or a “goody goody”, more because my father instilled in us not to steal, lie or cheat. It’s something I just couldn’t do! What things in nature do you find most beautiful? My passion is birds. For me they are the most beautiful and fascinating creatures in the whole world. Sunrises and sunsets are a very close second. ...

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Share my World : 13 November 2017

  Thank you Cee for Share Your World.  Here are my answers. Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes? Rarely.  I like to be busy.  Normally in a park I will be wandering around bushes and trees looking for birds and even little bugs and butterflies. When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light? When my children lived at home we would sit with a candle and play scrabble.  We never minded the electricity failing. Now, I have...

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Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve – Unlocking it’s Secrets

Durban’s Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is so secret it’s closed to the public. You can however unlock it’s secrets on the third Saturday of each month.  This is when the North Durban Ezemvelo Honorary Officers open the gates to the public. Last month I was free, so decided to explore this tiny green spot in the middle of bustling busy Durban and unravel it’s mystery. As I arrived I was warmly welcomed by Lynne Johnson one of the Officers in attendance.  She offered to share with me Beachwood Mangrove’s secret treasures. A trail among the mangrove trees The reserve...

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