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Hugh's Agulhas shhhh its a scret place. Agulhas, March 2016

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:54 pm

Just a few photos of our lightening trip to the little Park

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the camp site Our chalet no 11

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Sunset the first night

we went on a hike
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Sunset that night
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Unread post by Hugh » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:00 pm

the web/nest was made up of dried leaves and attached to the bush with long very strong strands Any one out there knows who it belongs to We saw several on the walk .
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Unread post by PAPA SMURF » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:51 am

Hugh
It is the nest (egg sack) of the Rain Spider (Palystes casteneus). Spider size 25-35mm and although they have a formidable pair of fangs their poison is harmless to humans. They are "free-running" - i.e. they do not spin webs to catch their pray. You will see them at night catching insects attracted to a light
The female usually sits on the "sack" to protect the eggs or her brood and once the little ones have dispersed then off she wonders again.
This species often comes into homes just before it rains and this is where it gets its common name

Enjoyed your photos and thanks for sharing them with us
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Unread post by Hugh » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:51 pm

Jut a few more photos of the hike
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And of course these needed to have photos taken
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and a few flowers
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And until next time
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Unread post by Hugh » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:57 pm

It was really a super duper petit trip and Matthysie I can see why you love the place so much
Papa macsmurf thank you for that information Very interesting . we saw quite a few little nests all over .that's what this forum is all about, learning new things
Saw lots of those flowers , They fascinated us both . Not nearly enough time to really explore ..... next time
Now next Sanparks will be WCNP n May
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:26 pm

I don't want to hijack your lovely thread Hugh, but I was there with 2 birding buddies last Wednesday and with your permission I would like to add 2 pics.

Firstly the plaque. After taking this pic we stopped on the road and had lunch, while watching a black shouldered kite mobbing a black harrier.

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On the way back we stopped in at Struisbaai to see if the ray(s) that were in the harbor were still there.

One was. :dance:

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Unread post by Hugh » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:00 pm

Thank you BB and no you are not hijacking the thread The rays were not there when we were Tide was way out , Would have loved to have seen them . Need to go again there are lot of hikes that need to be done . and the real one was pretty good and he never became out of breath or tired once ... Triple bypasses work as last time he could barely put one foot in front of the other
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Unread post by Hugh » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:37 pm

Own Good to see you round . I have stayed at the camp and in the fisherman's cottages ..both are great . The cottages are a little less expensive than the chalets and are really private and quiet
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