Results: Photographic Competition – Cape Town Photographic Society

Herewith the results of the photographic competition that took place during the weekend that the Cape Town Photographic Society spent in Stanford in celebration of their 125th anniversary.

Richard Goldschmidt’s photograph of the Kleinrivier is a great shot of one, if not THE gem, of Stanford’s tourist assets. The magical weaving of water, sky and mountains makes for a worthy winner. Richard’s prize is two nights for 6 at Eagleyes Guest House.

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Pat Scott’s entry of 5 (or 6, or 7?) different birds in one photograph illustrates the richness of Stanford’s Avian bounty. She wins the wonderful book Portrait of a Village by Stanford’s own Annalize Mouton. Hopefully its contents will draw Pat back to Stanford in due course.

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The third prize goes to Kim Stevens for her a lovely study of lines taken of the Mosaic Farm Jetty. A case of Stanford Wineries best will I am sure help cement an ongoing relation between Stanford & Kim.

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The weekend was enjoyed by all by all the photographers. Amongst many highlights, they were treated to a preview of local birdlife photographer Richard Masson’s soon to be released book, “A hundred Birds in my Stanford garden”. This book is a wonderful example of birding Stanford style and is an invitation to all birders to visit our area to see the ± 150 other species recorded in our area.

Eagleyes are putting together a special weekend to host at least four teams of four to enter S A Birdings big day on 27th November 2015. More on this later.

Amazing Western Leopard Toad

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This amazing Western Leopard Toad, a critically endangered South African endemic, has taken up residence at Eagleyes Guest House in Stanford and had his pic taken by Albert Froneman, highly acclaimed wildlife photographer. Stanford is considered the furthest point this unique amphibian is found from the coast. Their protection in this area is vital and a newly soon to be formed Stanford Frog initiative is being put in place to ensure this species’ survival. In the meanwhile our resident expert, Naas Terblanche, can be contacted at info@vaalvlei.co.za should you need any further information on this extraordinary conservation gem. Failing this, please contact Royd Frith at 071 128 5533 or mail to info@eagleyes.co.za.

“The Western Leopard Toad lives in Cape Town and the Agulhas Plain. As such it shares its home with millions of Capetonians. As toads go, it is larger than most and exquisitely marked. It happily co-exists with humans in the suburbs, and would be just another beautiful inhabitant of Cape Town if it were not for the fact that it is an explosive breeder!

Every year, for a few days usually in August, toady goes a courting. This is unusual in that it is confined to less than a week a year. Thousands of toads migrate to suitable ponds. There the males snore and fight for the females. The females lay their eggs and depart, migrating back to their gardens. The exhausted males follow later when no more females arrive at the pools.

Again, this would be perfectly natural were it not for the fact that we have built roads and highways all around their breeding ponds.

And so every year there is a problem that potentially thousands of toads end up pancaked on our roads

Fortunately, there are volunteers who, every year while toads only have sex their minds, man the roads, rescuing toads, controlling traffic and preventing a blood bath.  We need your help to save our toads. The frenzy lasts for only two to five nights a year, but in that time the next generation of toads is created or doomed.

Identification

The Western Leopard Toad can reach an impressive size of about 140 mm in body length. Like all toads, it has a rough skin and two large parotoid glands on either side of the head and neck region behind the eyes. It has a beautiful pattern of chocolate to reddish-brown patches with a bright yellow or black edging, on a pink or grey background (although duller individuals are also found). There is usually a yellow stripe running the length of the back between the patches. The underside is granular and cream-coloured, with males having a darkish throat.

Other toad species that occupy its habitat in places, generally have a duller brown to greyish upper surface colouring, covered in darker blotches and smaller markings. These species are: the Raucous Toad (Amietophrynus rangeri); the Sand Toad (Vandijkophrynus angusticeps); and the Guttural Toad (Amietophrynus gutturalis), an introduced species in the Constantia area of the Cape Peninsula. Of these, the Raucous Toad is the most similar, but besides colour and pattern differences, it usually has only one elongated patch between the eyes, instead of the usual two of the Western Leopard Toad. It also does not occur on the Cape Peninsula and Cape Flats, which is the best known distribution area of the Western Leopard Toad, but occurs throughout the remainder of the Western Leopard Toad’s distribution area.

The advertisement call is a deep pulsed snore that continues for about a second and is repeated every three to four seconds. It can also be described as sounding like a tractor or motorcycle engine, or a very loud “purr”. The call is quite different to that of any other frog species in its distribution area, including its nearest relatives. For example, the Raucous Toad makes loud, duck-like quacks, repeated incessantly, and the Guttural Toad has a constantly repeated vibrant snore.” – http://www.leopardtoad.co.za

LISTEN TO THE TOADSNORE IF YOU HEAR THIS IN YOUR AREA YOU HAVE WESTERN LEOPARD TOADS BREEDING NEAR YOUR HOUSE! PLEASE LET US KNOW ON THE HOTLINE

 

Letters of thanks: Walker Bay Bird Fair

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Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Dear Royd & Lindsay

The Chairman and Committee wish to thank you most sincerely for your extremely generous offer of Eagleyes Lodge where 5 of our guest speakers and their partners stayed for the duration of the first Walker Bay Bird Fair – an event which attracted numerous visitors and which has been acclaimed by all who were there.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

Your individual participation in organising Eagle Encounters and extremely generous support did much to enhance our offerings and we thank you most sincerely for being prepared to spend your own time to be part of this pioneer fair – the fair’s success is dependent upon people like you giving it your support.  For the children from the community, the Eagle Encounters demonstration was entertaining and educational, an aspect that future Bird Fairs need to focus on a great deal more.

The Fair Committee are now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.

Again, many thanks and kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Monday 9th March 2015

Dear Stanford Bird Club Members

On behalf of the Chairman and Committee of the Walker Bay Bird Fair, I wish to thank you all for making the first Walker Bay Bird Fair a runaway success.  We could not have pulled this off without the time, effort and expertise volunteered by those club members who gave so willingly.  The Bird Fair attracted numerous visitors and has been highly acclaimed by all who attended.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

The Fair Committee is now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.  Having taken the step of joining forces with the Hermanus Bird Club to co-host the Fair Bird, the venue for 2016 is yet to be decided.  Considering that the Stanford Bird Fair, for 9 years, was the precursor for the 2015 WBBF, and really where it all started, there is a case to be made for Stanford to host this event annually but without the support of the SBC, local business and enterprise, it is understandable that we would have to consider Fernkloof as an alternative venue to the Stanford Village Green, or at least to alternate the annual event, Fernkloof in 2016 and Stanford for 2017.

The draw for the WBBF Raffle will take place on Friday the 13th March.  We have asked the Editor of the Hermanus Times to do the honours, complete transparency and no favours!

We would really appreciate feedback from all of you about the Fair.  Without constructive comment, good and bad, it’s hard to judge whether this has the support of you, our members.

Kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Committee Member

Eagleyes Guest House host to five of the top speakers & presenters at the inaugural Walkerbay Bird Fair

Eagleyes were proud to host five of the top speakers & presenters at the inaugural Walkerbay Bird Fair held in Stanford from the 26th February to the 1st March 2015.  Pride of place went to Tim Appleton MBE, the convenor of the worlds biggest bird fair. Other guests included Mark Anderson CEO of Birdlife RSA, Albert Froneman, internationally acclaimed wild life photography and Trevor Hardaker, a legend in South African birding.The highlight of their stay was a lovely braai for some 34 speakers & the organising team of Stanford & Hermanus Bird Club members, headed up by Stanford Bird Club chairman Peter Hochfelden. The inevitable post mortem & war stories made for a fantastic evening of avian enjoyment.

It went without saying that the many compliments received from those staying and attending the function at Eagleyes Lodge confirmed it’s rapidly growing recognition as an Eco tourism establishment of note.

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Three wise men @ the Birdbrain quiz at the bird fair.

Left to Right:  Peter Hardaker, internationally aclaimed avian photographer, Vernon Head, Chairman Birdlife SA and Prof Peter Ryan, head of Percy Fitzpatrick Institute UCT. This IS the creme de la creme of RSA birding!

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Left to right Tim Appleton, UK Bird Fair, back, with ponytail, Vernon Head, chairman of Birdlife SA, William Stephens, chairman Stanford Tourism & Peter Hochfelden chairman Stanford Bird Fair.

A wonderful, successful and memorable weekend in Stanford!

Hello Lindsay and Royd

How wonderful, successful and memorable our weekend in Stanford was. Thank you both for ALL you did to make our stay so special. Royd – you spent hours researching everything possible to add interest to Richard’s programme. Thank you for going the extra twenty miles! The club members have sent in so many notes thanking us, saying how varied and interesting it all was and commenting on your warm and generous hospitality.  Eagleyes was a fantastic venue. We were privileged to be the first people to use it!  (My apologies once again for the cracked bowl and the wobbly knife!)

I hope the Tourism people receive lots of amazing photos from our members.  I have a few and will send them in with Richard’s.

The weekend ended off with a relaxing and wonderful lunch on your stoep; thank you – it was just perfect!

Here is the photo you asked for – I hope you both approve!

Royd Frith with Penny van den Berg who worked for him in 1980

Royd Frith with Penny van den Berg who worked for him in 1980

Much love to you both

Joyce Goldschmidt

A MARCH MADNESS not to be missed!

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With our Lodge now beautifully complete, and its magical eclectic garden in summer bloom there is much to go mad about. Stanford has never looked better, new eateries have popped up, old ones have gotten even better – Mariana’s, KC’s, Springfontein Eats, Stanford Harvest, Stanford Hills Tasting Room, Havercrofts, Madre’s & “much more munch” more.  Stanford Treasure Trove to be explored and birds abound (37 species so far in the Lodge’s garden). The braai is stacked with the very best rooikrans. Saturday markets are in full swing, breakfast at Tiffany’s (i.e. Coffee Corner, Graze, Stanford Table & Evergrine, etc.). The wine harvest has begun. Sample the best of the numerous Stanford vineyards with input from Stanford Tourism. It is also the perfect time of the year to go big on the Kleinrivier, Stanford’s own gem.

If you want to sample the essence of “Stylish Stanford” self-catering, now is the hour. To have a look at this new dimension in Stanford accommodation, go to www.eagleyes.co.za

EAGLEYES are offering the following March Madness two-night minimum specials.

•Full Lodge sleeping 10/12      R2 500 per night

•Tuinhuis sleeping 4                R1 500 per night

•Barn sleeping 4                      R1 000 per night

•Barn & Stables sleeping 6/8   R2 000 per night

All enquiries to:

Royd & Lindsay Frith.

admin@eagleyes.co.za

071 128 5533

 

History of Eagleyes Guest House

We are still in the process of researching exactly when Eagleyes Guest House (34 Bezuidenhout Street) had been built. At this stage all we know is that it was built in the early 1900s by either Hendrik Vermeulen or his son, George. The Vermeulens were a well-known Stanford and Overberg family and builders of reknown. You can read more about them here: The Vermeulens of the Overberg

The house was most probably built for Mr Pieter Stephanus de Villiers, known as “Apie”, of the farm, Bovendrift near Stanford, or for his mother. Apie was a well-known businessman in Hermanus and Stanford. In 1951, six years after the death of his father, Abraham Pieter Matthys, Apie, his mother, Martha Cornelia Susanna, and unmarried sister, Martina Cornelia Susanna (Tienie), went to live at 34 Bezuidenhout Street. Tienie de Villiers outlived both her mother and brother, and in 1979 when she moved to the old-age home in Gansbaai, the house was sold. In a letter (postal stamp on envelope: 5 March 1979) to Tienie from her niece, Gerrie, in which her last municipal account was included, Gerrie also mentioned that a certain Mr Otto’s sister-in-law bought the house from a Mr Thys Erwee. Who this “Mr Otto’s sister-in-law” was, is still uncertain.

 

In 1983, 34 Bezuidenhout Street was bought from another Mr De Villiers by the Pieters family, and they lived there from 1983 to 2013.

 

In 2013 the house was bought by Royd and Lindsay Frith who fastidiously renovated it and brought it back to its former glory under the watchful eye of renowned local heritage architect, Maureen Wolters.

The finished product

The finished product