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10th February 2020 – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

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We spent the last day of our wonderful trip to South Africa visiting the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Their website says “Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain”. Indeed Kirstenbosch is one of our favourite gardens in the world. We have visited it several times and even visited it on this trip with some friends just over a week ago when we arrived in Cape Town.

It was a bit cooler today and even quite chilly as the cloud came down late in the afternoon. (Although, the other side of the mountain in Camps Bay, where we have been  staying, it had been sunny and hot all day.

DSC06807View across Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden from the Tree Canopy Walk.

DSC06768Tree Canopy Walkway

Today we saw more birds than last week (clearly I must have been talking too much last week) and even saw a new bird for us, an Olive Woodpecker. But the stars of the day were the Lesser Double-collared Sunbirds which we saw several times feeding in the Ericas. We also had plenty of sightings of Cape Bulbuls.

DSC06156Olive Woodpecker

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DSC06219Lesser Double-collared Sunbird

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DSC06597Cape Bulbul

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DSC06190Forest Canary

DSC06657Cape Robin-Chat

DSC06512Juvenile Cape Robin-Chat

DSC06488Fork-tailed Drongo

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DSC06532Red-winged Starling

DSC06747Butterflies too!

… and lots of beautiful plants:

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What a great way to end our trip.