First month in Namaqualand has been fantastic! So many new plants & animals & interactions to swoon over, in a landscape that positively invites long hikes while contemplating life & al. I will soon write a bit more from the field.
This is just to let you know that I survived the journey from Kamieskroon, Namaqualand, to the ESA/SER conference in San Jose, USA, and back again. It was a harrowing journey, but a truly great meeting, bumping into many old friends and even more new friends & colleagues. Tomorrow we’re off to ‘Auntie’s farm’ to catch birds – the ones that nectar-feed on Melianthus pectinatus, to be more specific. Cross your fingers that we find the ‘smoking gun’, i.e. birds with loads of pollen in their facial feathers. Yumyum.
The breadth of bird species that visit Melianthus is truly stunning; from large starlings, thrushes and long-beaked sunbirds to small widowbirds, warblers and barbets. Having a bit pf a problem with image upload, so they’ll have to wait … alas.