14 April 2024

On the boardwalk on the last day of the year

31 December 2023 - Hermanus; Day 10

We had to do a round-trip to Cape Town to drop off the boys who felt Cape Town would be more festive than Hermanus for New Year - they were probably right.

In the afternoon, we spent some time in the town and enjoying the board walk and the end of year buzz - there are a few interesting sculptures on part of the walk


No Bryde's Whales today, but a few Cape Fur Seals were seen in the bay

Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus)

A Speckled Pigeon peers from behind the rocks on the boardwalk

Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea)

The light wasnt bad, so spent some time photographing the passing sea birds - Cape Cormorants are common

Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis)

I tried to get the wave spray coming over these two, but the swell wasnt quite big enough

Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis)

White-breasted Cormorants are not quite as numerous

White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus)

Kelp Gull's are not as numerous as I would have thought

Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)

I found quite a few Grey-headed Gull's in amongst the Hartlaub's scavenging for scraps in the car park

Grey-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)

There were quite a few Sandwich Terns around New Harbour, the image works well against the dark water below

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

As well as the odd Swift Tern

Swift Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

We enjoyed the late sunset, had a cocktail and headed home to prepare dinner and bubbly for our own New Years Eve celebration. 

Wishing all my family and friends all the very best as we wrap up 2023 and look forward to a prosperous 2024.

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