African Penguins – Endearing and oh, so Endangered

When the penguins moved in around 25 years ago the locals of Simons Town wanted them to be evicted. The din they make when all gathered in the evening can sound like 1,000 donkeys being stabbed with sharp sticks. So why has Boulders Beach, home to about 2,500 refugee African penguins, become one of Cape [...]

February 18th, 2016|

The Amazing Proteas from “That Heaven On Earth”

The national flower of South Africa is a protea, more specifically the soup-bowl size king protea, Protea cynaroides(meaning red protea, although you sometimes see a yellow one) There are 92 species in the genus Protea. If there was a national floral type it would be the Cape’s fynbos (or heath-like) vegetation, wherein the proteas mostly [...]

January 5th, 2016|

Birding Trivia – Fliers Small and Large

“We saw this tiny bird, about as big as my thumb, what could it have been?” someone asked me recently. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you have been dubbed “the walking encyclopedia”. Of course that would have depended on various things like its bill, where it was seen, what it was doing [...]

March 20th, 2015|