Welcome to the Thesen Islands website
Remember when you were a kid? Back then, you probably played ball games in the street and rode your bike with abandon. You knew your neighbours by name and chatted to them over the garden fence. During the holidays, you had a ball with your friends and your parents didn't worry too much about where you were as long as you were at the dinner table on time. The neighbourhood was a fun place for you and your friends. You felt safe.
Fast-forward some decades. Things have changed. You probably have kids or grandchildren of your own. You constantly worry about their safety. They can’t walk or cycle to school or to their friends and you mostly drive them wherever they need to go. They spend most of their time indoors in front of the TV or computer and they don't get enough exercise. Your home is permanently locked and the alarm is switched on, even when you are inside. You don't really know your neighbours and you hardly ever see them. Welcome to suburbia 21st century style!
Do you sometimes long for those slower, happier, more dependable times or do you grudgingly accept their disappearance as the price we pay for progress? Well - you can have both. Welcome to our Thesen Islands community. We've re-invented the 21st century - perhaps you'd like to join us?
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Recently spotted … Eagle-Owls on Thesen!
Great excitement for patrons of Île de Pain when it reopened for spring in early September 2013… a pair of Spotted Eagle-Owls has been spying on visitors from the leafy canopy of two tall spreading trees in the garden. Quite unperturbed by the hilarity below from ladies at lunch and kids shrieking on the rope swing, the owls have been snoozing peacefully on a branch or gazing down curiously through bright yellow eyes. It is a known fact that this owl species has adapted well to suburban areas.
Fierce yellow eyes are a distinctive feature of Spotted Eagle-Owls; very occasionally a rare form of this owl is seen with orange eyes, and its feathers are then more reddish-brown (or “rufous”). This form could be mistaken for the Cape Eagle-Owl, which itself has burning orange eyes, but it is usually found in a mountainous or rocky environment. Spotted Eagle-Owls are also far more common than the Cape Eagle-Owl.
Listen out for its call at night and you’ll hear a very typical owl-like hoot (some owls grunt!): normally one or two double hoots (hu whoooooo
), followed by a three-syllable hoot which, according to Roberts
, sounds like whoo are you
. Spotted Eagle-Owls mate for life; they roost on the ground, in trees or on buildings. More recently they have even settled in nest-boxes (and a number of these have been installed on Thesen Islands), but if the pair already has a favourite site the nest-boxes often aren’t used. The owls set off at dusk to hunt; they will catch small mammals such as rodents and even hares, as well as birds and reptiles.
Photographs: Hirsh Aronowitz
Written by: Marielle Renssen
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Blue Flag Marina
We are pleased to advise that Thesen Islands Marina, the joint TIHOA and TICOA Marina development covering the entire Thesen Islands was awarded Blue Flag Marina status on 08 October 2013.
The award is for the period 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014 and was announced at Ramsgate Beach KZN by the Minister of Tourism, Martinus van Schalkwyk on behalf of The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) representing Blue Flag Programme at noon on Monday the start of National Marine Week.
A total of 41 beaches and 5 marinas in South Africa were issued the coveted Blue Flag award. The Thesen Islands Marina is by far the largest and most complex of the marinas and within the Knysna Municipality Brenton and Buffalo Bay gained the beach award for the second year.
Two Information Centres are in the process of being established in the Thesen Islands Blue Flag Marina, one at the TIHOA Clubhouse and the other at the NSRI Alex Blaikie Museum in Thesen Harbour Town.
A suitable function is being arranged for the hand over of the Blue Flag Awards to the Marina and two Beaches in Knysna by WESSA shortly.
Attached is the Press Release issued by WESSA 08 October 2013 and from the link provided you can view the 2013 International Blue Flag Jury results.
In time I am sure that the Blue Flag Marina Award will have a beneficial effect on the appeal of Thesen Islands together with property prices both residential and commercial.
Congratulations to the two Boards of Trustees, Thesen Islands Blue Flag Marina Committee and the TIHOA staff for successfully achieving Blue Flag Marina status for Thesen Islands.
Richard S Wilkinson
Chairman: Thesen Islands Blue Flag Marina Committee
10 October 2013.