With schools having an extra break due to all the Public Holidays Earl and I were able take a midweek visit to one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets – now politely named False Bay Ecology Park. The 34 settling ponds cover 306ha and attract myriads of water birds, the flamingoes being the main drawcard. On Wednesday they were on almost every pond.
There are a number of duck species here too. The yellow-billed duck is my favourite. They are so photogenic.
We were pleased to see quite a few Little Egrets about too.
The Cattle Egrets are common everywhere and even when not in breeding plumage they are rather beautiful.
The Purple Swamphen is a magnificent bird with its iridescent colours of purple, blue and green. They obviously like the sunshine and we saw quite a few of them on Wednesday.
We had never seen malachite kingfishers here before so it was a thrill to get one this day. We watched it fish but didn’t manage to get very good photographs – this is the best of a bad bunch.
We spent three wonderful hours in this bird paradise and didn’t see another car. What a great afternoon!