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    Default Edith Stephens wetland park

    Travelling to work in the mornings, takes me past this little reserve, the Edith Stephens Wetland Park. Situated on the cnr of Vygekraal and Govern Mbeki roads, just next to Nyanga. Never really took note of it due to its location and size. But this morning, while standing in the traffic, I was amazed to see a African fish eagle cruising just above the water surface. Having heard the calls way up high since I was a youngster, and always having had to stare at the stuffed one in the display cabinet at Rondevei nature reserve, I was blown away to see it this close, and alive! Besides the fish eagle, numerous peilcans were drying there wings on the opposite side. Quick facebook search shows very little movement on the page.

    Anybody been there before?
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    havent been either but I was also looking at going there in fact...
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    Quote Originally Posted by elsahoffmann View Post
    havent been either but I was also looking at going there in fact...
    I must admit, it does look a bit dodge lol. I sent a message via FB, still waiting on a reply
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    Apparently its not so dodge - I only got an email back after a week or 3. But the Lady at the time said it really is safe and all those things. But I havent been yet..
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    Any idea if they are open on a Sunday?
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/y8e5r...ok_2010-02.zip

    Hopefully this works - its a booklet for all the reserves and wetlands in the Western Cape.

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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    Quote Originally Posted by bomtek View Post
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/y8e5r...ok_2010-02.zip

    Hopefully this works - its a booklet for all the reserves and wetlands in the Western Cape.
    No times for Sundays, booking essential. I mailed the person listed in the pdf. Thanx bomtek
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    So I got a reply from the reserve today. Lovely lady named Stacey. She assured me that it is very safe there, during the day. Because of the size of the reserve, it wouldnt take the rangers long to get to anybody in need. Weather permitting im gonna pop around there on Sunday.

    Contact details for anybody wanting to pop around there as follows.

    Stacey
    (021) 444 6479/83
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    Popped around at the reserve this morning. lekka koud jong. Anyway, its a hive of activity were the birds are concerned, numerous species just lounging around. Some pelican, duiker, cape white eye, yellow bishop, pied kingfisher, sacred ibis, hadeda etc. According to the ranger there, I just missed the african fish eagle, which often comes around in the early morning for some breakfast. Mostly sits perched on the island closest to the buildings, roughly 70m from the bank.


    The only problem with the reserve is, you have to be escorted to the rear of the reserve, and that is where all the "action" or opportunities are. This is due to the criminal activity in the surrounding area. The ranger assured me that going it alone makes one a soft target. Today was a very busy day at the reserve so I couldnt get anyone to accompany me to the rear of the reserve. The bird hide is also no longer there as seen in some of the pics should you google the reserve. In my opinion, there is more

    Would I go again, yes. With eyes wide opened behind and on the side of my head.
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    Do you think they are "less" busy in the week? So one get get to the back?
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    Quote Originally Posted by elsahoffmann View Post
    Do you think they are "less" busy in the week? So one get get to the back?
    Well, yesterday was some function, so I would think that weekdays would be better yes. And guess what, on my way to work this morning, I saw the fish eagle sitting on one of the dead tree branches on the first island. FFS man!

    Elsa, if you plan on going then phone them before hand, so they can arrange to escort you.
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    Default Re: Edith Stephens wetland park

    thanks - will do. Maybe in November
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