27 April 2024

Last day in Hermanus

04 January 2024 - Hermanus; Day 14

I needed to add a few species to boost my 2024 list, so had an early morning drive to a few different sites on the outskirts of Hermanus. First stop was at Vermont Pan, no images as light and conditions were poor - but did get a few decent species. Next stop was the opposite end of Hermanus stopping at Prawn Flats on the road to Stanford. I had a distant Whimbrel on the exposed mud flats

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)


And a few Cape Bulbul which seem much more skittish than our local Dark-capped

Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis)



A stop in town to pick up breakfast supplies gave some better views of White-necked Raven

White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)





And a dramatic view of the Overberg across the bay

Overberg


Back at the apartment, the sun came out and I found this Skimmer basking in the flower bed - it is either Julia or Cape?

Julia or Cape Skimmer




Later in the morning, we caught up over coffee at the Wooden Barrel with some old friends from Kuwait, Sean and Adi Lynch and a late seafood lunch at The Bistro with Guy and Sonja overlooking the bay. Then it was back to the apartment to start packing for our early departure tomorrow morning.


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