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Lynne & bucky - Cape Point

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Lynne & bucky - Cape Point

Unread postby bucky » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:38 pm

Luckily we had to go to Cape town last week , to sort out some business , and had a day to visit boulders , cape point and 1 or 2 other places along the way .


Boulders penquins -

We slept over at a place next to Boulders , so I was able to get up early to head down to try get some penquin shots .
Unfortunately it was very windy and cloudy , but I had a lot of fun being able to get up so close to the birds without them worrying about my presence .
The area is in much better shape now that sanpraks is controlling it , and it looks like the boardwalk and so on is going to be really nice .

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The view back from the beach .
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The view down towards the main SANparks beach and breading colony (Looks like it)
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Unread postby bucky » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:52 pm

Cape point reserve .

This must be one of the most stunning areas in the cape ,
I am sure the amount of tourists entering this park is more than KNP .

The only big animal we saw was a hartebeest , but I was not able to get a photo , it seems really hard to spot bigger antelope here .
Nonetheless there are loads of views , and plants to be seen .

The old lighthouse .
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The most south western point of Africa , viewed from up near the old lighthouse .
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The baboons here seem to look a little diffrent than the KNP ones .
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Some birds in flight , taken along the coastline near the point .
Gull of sorts .
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Gannets .
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Various plants to be found in the reserve , I am not even going to try and I.D. them :lol: , I will leave that up to the plant buffs .
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Unread postby bucky » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:01 pm

Kirstenbosch gardens .
I am not sure if this is part of table mountain park or not , but it seems to join up with the back of table mountain .
Please excuse me if it is not related to SANparks or the greater reserve .

This is really worth doing on your way in or back from the point and boulders .
I would really say the areas we visited could do with a 2 day trip , I would have loved more time at the gardens , and at cape point reserve .

We basically did the walk up and past the cycads , and proteas .

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This protea flower (King protea?) is huge , the flower is about 25cm in diameter .
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Unread postby Snoobab » Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:24 am

arks wrote:
Snoobab wrote:Well spotted Arks. They are Cape Cormorants. The gular patch in the pic looks a bit red as apposed to yellow, but this might just be the light.

Thanks, Snoobab, for the precise ID of the cormorants! (Is the one at the top of the webpage also a Cape Cormorant?)

@ bert: Just FYI, they are cormorants, not gannets — gannets, if I'm not mistaken, are cream coloured :wink:


It is indeed a cormorant. It lacks the gular patch so I wouls presume it to be a Juv.
As you said Gannets are cream coloured, they also do not have the little hook at the end of their bill


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