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Lesser Flamingos at Zeekoevlei

During this draw down there are a few Lesser Flamingos in Zeekoevlei. These birds are less common in Cape Town and the majority of flamingos that we see are Greater Flamingos. Lesser Flamingos are surface feeders, filtering small organisms from the top of the water column. Greater Flamingos on the other hand filter algae and […]

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Rondevlei Ecological Burn

The Rondevlei Ecological Burn was successfully conducted yesterday, with the reed beds along the northern shore being burnt. According to the reserve records some of these reed beds have never burnt and are over 30 years old. The burning conditions yesterday were perfect with northerly winds taking the ash and smoke out over Rondevlei and […]

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First time Rondevlei dries up in 40 years!

Rondevlei has pretty much dried up in response to the summer draw down and regional drought that the 2014/15 summer has brought. The Western Cape wetlands are designed to dry up in summer and flood in winter and are characterised by this extreme fluctuation of water levels. This results in increased diversity of fauna & […]

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First frogs of the season

With this tiny bit of rain has come the first frogs calls of the winter season. Clicking Stream Frogs (Strongylopus grayii) have started to call with their “click .. click…click” calls. This is the only frog species calling at Zeekoevlei at the moment, with several individuals often calling at the same time. The call has a slightly […]

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16 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Found Pigeon

Does this bird belong to anyone? Found 15 March 2015, currently sharing a parrots cage, will be kept until Friday after which it will be given away…

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Brunsvigia orientalis

The Brunsvigia orientalis  (Candelabra flower)  are starting to bloom at Rondevlei; with several plants pushing up in various stages. These plants belong to the Amaryllidacae family and produce flowers before they have any leaves which only come later when winter rains arrive. These flowers are a sure sign of the onset of autumn. This flowering […]

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Bat Mist Netting

Hi All The weather is perfect and I will be erecting a mist net at the Zeekoevlei Environmental Centre on Peninsula Rd at 19:00 this evening. We are hoping to catch a bat(s) for identification purposes for the student conservation group that is presently at the education centre. We will be finished at 21:00 latest, […]

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Zeekoevlei Eastern Shore event

Many people have noticed the large pavilion of tents that has been erected on the eastern shore of Zeekoevei. This is in anticipation of tomorrow’s pubic event where the Deputy Minister of the Environment will present a Ramsar Certificate to False Bay Nature Reserve (including Zeekoevlei). Several hundred people are expected to celebrate World Wetlands […]

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30 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Lost Canoe

A canoe has washed up at the Zeekoevlei Environmental Centre. If anyone has lost such a canoe please check with Mary or Elzanne at the Education Centre.

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Puffadder at Rondevlei

A Puffadder at Rondevlei this afternoon.

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