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 Post subject: Arks' Trip Report : April 2006 : Kirstenbosch
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Kirstenbosch is located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is now included within the boundaries of Table Mountain National Park, but is jointly administered with the SAN Biodiversity Institute. It does not, however, participate in the Wild Card scheme, as I discovered one afternoon when I was in the neighborhood and thought I'd just pop in for an hour or two. Instead, I returned fairly early on Monday, 10 April, with plans to spend the day.

In addition to its wealth of glorious flora, Kirstenbosch is a great place to observe and photograph birds, as the variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as the dramatic mountain background, make for excellent settings! The higher parts of the garden offer broad views over Constantia and False Bay, and I was amazed to discover that I could see all the way to Cape Hangklip!

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My two favourite parts of Kirstenbosch are the Protea Gardens and The Dell, with its natural spring and mysterious giant ferns. The Protea Gardens are farthest away from the park entrance, a good climb up the slopes of the gardens, so I headed there first and later worked my way back down via The Dell.

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The Dell
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There are many other interesting areas of the gardens — far more than can be seen in a single day — so I recommend selecting a few areas of interest and concentrating on them. I also recommend bringing a book along and taking the time to relax on one of the many benches and savour the ambience of different areas of the gardens.


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Nice one Arks, I see you got the LDC sunbird on the proteas.

Thanks, BB :D But I thought it was an orangebreasted sunbird ... :huh: ...

Also discovered I'd posted the same pic twice by mistake :ohgod: so have replaced the one on the right with the correct pic ... Better late than never :lol: :roll:


Actually you are correct Arks, it is the orange breasted on the protea, I thought it was the female LDC, with its back to us. The LDC is on the wild dagga, the orange flowers, so you got them both! Well done.

The orange breasted are often seen on top of Table Mountain and they love higher altitudes. They are used to visitors and pose nicely.

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Thanks, BB, it's always great to have confirmation as I still consider myself a novice birder :D . One further question here, is that a sugarbird on the sugarbush?


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Sorry Arks, no sugarbird.

Here is one on Table Mountain

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Sorry Arks, no sugarbird.

Here is one on Table Mountain

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I kinda thought it wasn't :( , but what IS it then? A female sunbird of some sort?


Female sunbirds are very difficult to tell apart, a skill I have not yet acquired. The trick I use is to look for the male and assume!

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