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African Oyster Catcher

African Oyster Catcher

This beautiful wader, African Oyster Catcher (Haematopus moquini), can be seen right here on the beach in Saldanha Bay.  These birds mate for life and their average lifespan is around 35 years.  The females are slightly larger than the males but their appearance is...

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Westcoast Idioms and Nicknames

Westcoast Idioms and Nicknames

Every few weeks we prepare a large snoek on the open fire – one of my favourite West Coast dishes.  The kids love it because the fish bones are large and easy to spot, and I love it because there are always left-overs for another meal the next day and remains an...

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West Coast National Park – Birding Hotspots

West Coast National Park – Birding Hotspots

Bring your Wild card and binoculours along for a visit to the West Coast National Park, which was established in 1985.  Even if birding is not your thing, come anyway, just to be immersed in nature and the sheer beauty of this beautiful lagoon.  It is magical and only...

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Saldanha Bay Breakwater

Saldanha Bay Breakwater

Saldanha Bay Breakwater – wonderful views of land and sea – a must Walk!! This aerial view gives you some sense of the size of Saldanha Bay (you’re looking right into it, approximately 4 kms of beach) and on the left the breakwater curving into the open sea protecting...

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Tumbleweed in Flower

Tumbleweed in Flower

Although the West Coast is looking grey and dry at the moment, keep your eyes open for round balls of pink flowers currently in bloom amongst the Fynbos.  This spherical collections of flowers are commonly known as Tumble weed (Brunsvigia Bosmaniae).  Whilst in bloom...

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