False Bay: Autumn’s alchemy

The first of the Cape’s seasonal Nor’westerly storms came barging in this week bringing strong winds of up to 70 km/h, battering the city and dropped 50mm of rain in just 24 hours.  But this morning False Bay was wreathed in gold as an autumn dawn spread it’s magical touch.  The birds were up bright and early with the claxon call of the Egyptian geese cutting through the morning’s quiet harmony. They’re broody at the moment, and two pairs are vying for territorial rights.  Testy for sure and with their heightened decibel levels letting the whole world know.  Less insistent and more melodious were the varied calls of the sunbirds, wagtails, blacksmith lapwing, prinia, hadedah ibis, but yet there was something else…… a plaintive, bleating call – much like a small child crying …..

Autumn's golden rays herald in the day.
Autumn’s golden rays herald in the day.
The Egyptian geese lose no time in getting going at first light.
The Egyptian geese lose no time in getting going at first light.
Keen foragers, check over the intertidal zone.
Keen foragers, check over the intertidal zone.
Foraging for 'greens'.
Foraging for ‘greens’.
Sea lettuce.
Sea lettuce.
Simple green algae for breakfast.
Simple green, nutritious algae.
The oyster catchers have a distinctive call,  a 'beebah' siren call.
The oyster catchers have a distinctive call, a ‘beebah’ siren call.
An exhausted seal pup takes a nap.
An exhausted young seal pup mewls quietly as it struggles with exhaustion.
Cape fur seals pups are weaned by nine months, but remain vulnerable at this young age.
Cape fur seals pups are weaned by nine months, but remain vulnerable at this young age.
There tend to be more seal casualties when the seas are rough and stormy.
One that didn’t make it. There tend to be more seal casualties when the seas turn rough and stormy.

 

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11 thoughts on “False Bay: Autumn’s alchemy

    1. Thanks for your comment Amy. Popped over to your informative blog and enjoyed reading your post on Pei’s extraordinary architecture. Also the changing world for today’s student 🙂 Some challenges out there for technophobes!

    1. Yes, i agree! It’s a tough world out there for young seals. Sometimes we can intervene and get them rescued. A wonderful man Francois Hugo runs a sanctuary for abandoned baby seals in Hout Bay. But it’s tricky catching them – they’re slippery and easily evade capture. By the way i hope the this bottom end of Africa is on your ‘to do’ list!

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