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Birds at the mouth of the Berg River

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
When I started this False Bay blog, I trawled my Porterville blog (Elephant's Eye garden) for archived posts that were worth editing and republishing. Fast forward to my final resurrected post. From March I will fill my mid-month slot either with In A Vase on Monday with Cathy in the West Midlands, or a Dozen for Diana plant of the month.
In February 2011 we travelled via Velddrif, where the road crosses the mouth of the Berg River on a long low causeway like bridge. To the mountain side and our former home is a wide salt marsh with reed beds and mud flats, teeming with birds and there is a bird hide. To the sea side many flat pans where brine is evaporated in the sun to harvest salt. Flamingoes take their harvest there too. Salt-of-the-earth from Marie Theron, a nearby artist.
We were always in a hurry, appointments to keep. We had passed this bird hide a dozen times, but with half an hour free, we stopped. He too…

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