Tracking Cape Parrots through Hogsback’s beautiful forests
The Amathole Mountains are home to two precious species: the Cape parrot and yellowwood trees. Both are endangered, and the endemic birds need these trees. Janine Stephen visits an exquisite patch of forest to find this feisty pair.
Ah, to be able to fly. Instead, I’m careening down a steep path into Auckland State Forest, Hogsback, in pursuit of an elusive squawking creature. It smells so good here: a heady mix of damp earth and leaf litter, lemonwoods and tree breath; it’s a pity to run. But soon we arrive at a forest patch striped with enormous, cylindrical trunks: old-growth yellowwoods, stretching up like skyscrapers. The calls are louder now – they’re up there.
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