The people in this tale of two kinds of city – one suburbian, the other wilderness – are three couples who enjoy a rare privilege. They are in South Africa’s magnificent Cape Peninsula. They share a small unspoiled enclave right at the sea’s edge. They have daily insight into the lives of an extraordinary variety of wild animals most people never see. And they enjoy their tiny game reserve with passion.
Liz the Lens, an ardent and excellent photographer, captures the action with an awesome array of equipment and the help of consultant Ernie. Fundi Doreen, who identifies animals and even individuals, and wordsmith Wilf record details of the activity. Hawk-Eye Kath, backed by engineer Chris, keeps so close a watch on the environment not even a sick seagull escapes her notice.
Over the years the trio of partners have accumulated a fascinating collection of experiences beyond the reach of all city dwellers except those who, like us, are lucky to be living on the urban edge. This website shares with you some of those experiences and anecdotes plus much information about the animals.
What makes our enclave so special is that it is next door to the Table Mountain National Park that makes Cape Town probably the only large city in the world to have a huge game reserve at its heart, home to a great range of natural treasures.
Most of the material in this account of life in our urban jungle has been gathered by the three indefatigable ladies who each has observed it in their own special way from their own special viewpoints.
Hawk Eye Kath watched a southern right whale give birth in a little bay a stone’s throw from her home. She can spot porpoises almost beyond the horizon. She’s usually the first to bring our attention to activity.
Fundi (an African word for expert) Doreen is very knowledgeable about both birds and animals from personal observation and study. She is the one everybody goes to when there is a puzzle to be sorted out.
Liz the Lens is the most energetic with her three Nikons, ten lenses from macro to 800mm and her patience and ability to leopard-crawl close to her targets. It’s not without offbeat experiences. While she was peering into her viewfinder one day a large dassie sentry walked right up to check her out and boldly proceeded to drag her camera bag into the bushes. She has identified 21 different dassie calls.
And their men? They help where they can and keep the beer cold.