He was followed by his owner who told me where to find the Plover chicks hiding in the longer grass.
A 7.5 hectare area has been enclosed and devoted to The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, the oldest in Johannesburg.
The Park also houses the Scouts and Girl Guides, as well as the Delta Environmental Centre which aims to enable people to improve their environment by promoting the management and sustainable use of all resources.
So, as I parked the car and set out to explore Delta Park I was aware of a sense of relaxation and expectancy.
Tucked away in Victory Park, about 10km north-west of the city centre, it is a peaceful and spacious area of some 104 hectares – one of the city’s biggest ‘green lungs’.
But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.
Swartkrans has yielded the largest sample of Paranthropus robustus, and it is also significant for the discovery of the earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire in Southern Africa, dating back 1-million years. Date: Saturday, 20th November 2010 Venue: Maropeng Cost: R350 per person.
The size did not mean much to me until I stood and looked over it and then began to walk along its roads and paths.