Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Amoli » Thu May 24, 2012 2:14 pm

Although it was a sunshine day, it became even brighter after meeting Mpostumus.
How wonderful to meet mites in a place where we share the same love. \O

We had a great drive and I will post some pics (mostly practising some skills).... but first this awesome experience :


Casually we were driving at a pace of 20km when we saw a pair of eland in the distance and one of them was running around in circles in the veld.

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Very slowly we drove nearer as not to disturb them.

Suddenly the 'crazy' one stopped..... looked us in the eye...


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and slowly started walking towards us..... eeeeeek !

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Then with a gush of energy he started running circles again.... around the car.

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Me : Here, here, take the pictures......

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Me : Give back, give back......

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Me : here, here, quickly quickly, take some more.


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This buck went round and round. I was becoming concerned that it would hurt itself,

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After about six circles I decided to drive off and let him calm down.

I stopped further up and looked back...... and he was still at it. What strange behaviour, yet it added so much excitement.

As you can see on the pics, it gave us full view of the strength of this animal and his muscles and also how solid he was on his little hooves.

This was amazing..... awesome.

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Amoli » Thu May 24, 2012 2:15 pm

Thanks for reading Nan. For sure it was something. His behaviour was perculiar that I had to ask for an ID on him. I have never seen Eland perform this way....

Some more pics :

My first pied kingfisher that I recognised from a distance (1 star for me)

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This lady was showing a lot of leg.... hmmmm

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A lesser moorhen (klein water hoender)

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White throated swallow (Witkeel swael)

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A loner.... eland

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Blesbok

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Zebra - tail in a curl !!! Nature teaches us ; stripes on the top- across, and stripes on the bottom half - down...

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Crowned Lapwing with his bicycle helmet on.....

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ID needed - I thought it to be a Thick billed Lark ??

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ID needed - maybe an anteating chat (swartpiek)

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African stonechat (Gewone bontrokkie)

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That's all folks... for this time...

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Dewi » Thu May 24, 2012 2:16 pm

Nice series of photos Amoli, love the frisky Eland sequence \O

I think your first bird for ID is a Long-tailed Widowbird - either a juvenile or a female. Not really enough to go on to be certain, but I've seen them there everytime I've been, so that's my best guess.

Agree with your Anteating Chat ID. \O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by mposthumus » Thu May 24, 2012 2:17 pm

Thanx for sharing Amoli \O You certainly got the hang of the new camera!

Indeed strange behavior by the Eland... Are my eyes betraying me or is something the matter with his eye...

My best sighting for the day, and proudly flying her Green Ribbon -O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Poplap » Thu May 24, 2012 2:19 pm

Great pics, Amoli. I like Ms Ostrich SA best. Lovely with the purple flowers in the front, green all around.


I am trying to find a source re Eland rut behaviour. Will let you know if I find something.


I remember seeing something about Springbok in KTP with reefs on their heads, but can't remember where.

Here's info on it - page 129.

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Poplap » Thu May 24, 2012 2:20 pm

Ok, got it... I think. November is rut season for Eland. Apparently their increase of male hormones make them a wee bit aggressive towards intruders. Will try to find more...

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Poplap » Thu May 24, 2012 2:21 pm

http://www.kznwildlife.com/index.php?/T ... Eland.html


Amoli, definitely rut time. But no explanation for the tear marks.

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Poplap » Thu May 24, 2012 2:21 pm

Did you hear any knee-clicks whilst he was running around the car, Amoli? :lol:


Herewith some nice info on Elands - but I could find nothing re the earmarks.


http://mainlymongoose.blogspot.com/2010 ... paces.html


Ukali... it's got a nice ring to it.

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Poplap » Thu May 24, 2012 2:21 pm

A dark nose indicates increased libido... Now the question is, is it darker due to tear marks?


http://reload1.noorderlicht.vpro.nl/artikelen/40221241/



(The article is in Dutch, but by a mere click on top of the webpage it can be easily translated from Dutch to English). \O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Amoli » Thu May 24, 2012 2:25 pm

"New" sightings on my morning trip through Rietvlei yesterday :

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I normally don't stick around to take the pictures, but this time I did... is it a Rinkhals?

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**Edit** Dewi, Lis, Nan helped with ID'S - Here a Fiscal Shrike

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and a Pied Starling,

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and a Rufous Naped Lark

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