Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Penga Ndlovu » Thu May 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Last weekend it was time for yet another trip to Rietvlei.

One of our first sightings was a beautiful Eland bull resting in the grass

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A bit further on I spotted something hopping in the grass
Yeah!!! A lifer for me

A Orangethroated Longclaw.

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He did not like his picture taken and objected

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Next a beautiful baby Zebra boy

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It was going to turn out a day full of lifers for me

A Stone Chat

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And an Ant Eating Chat ??????? (Dewi!! Help)

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A Black Shouldered Kite inbetween

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And then a tree full off ?????? again (Please help again Dewi)

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Here is a close- up

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Then this magnificent beast

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And another youngster

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An Ostrich in it's mating colours

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A Red Hartebeest

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And then the start of a great sunset

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Dewi » Thu May 24, 2012 2:37 pm

Hi Penga.

You have the first two ID's spot on. (The Longclaw is now called Cape Longclaw).

The LBJ's look like Bishops, either Southern Red, or Yellow-crowned. Difficult to tell apart, but Yellow-crowned tends to have a white belly with streaks on the flanks & breast and Southern Red all over the underbelly. Not sure if you have both species in your pic? I don't know if they go around in mixed flocks?

Nice photos. \O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Amoli » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:51 am

Travelling through Rietvlei yesterday.... :D

eland
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Black shouldered kite
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laksman (no book with me)
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Stone chat
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These were little goslings some time 2 months or so ago....
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Wonder if this blesbok is thinking of the new grass sprouts that will show in a few months time..
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Still a lotta practise to be done.... O**
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Flutterby » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:37 am

Lovely pics Amoli!! \O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Dewi » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:38 pm

Nice one Amoli, I love seeing pics from this reserve. O/\
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by nan » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:42 am

nice pictures, nice sightings ^Q^
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Amoli » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:29 pm

I have become very spoilt with Rietvlei - only a hour's drive from home.
Had a lovely trip yesterday and I normally spend about 6 hours in the park.
It was wonderful to meet up with Eland and Mads.. and sit watching some rhino. oY:

I saw some of the regulars and I could also tick two/three lifers (once they are identified -O )

I love the waterbuck... even though his horns seem the wrong way round... O**

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And a favourite for me ...

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Happy family shots... :D

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And no trip complete for me without a LBR... -O

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The contrast of the beautiful eland and the burnt veld, was in a way beautiful for me..

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This is my first lifer... and I know it is not an Orange throated .... but I forgot now :o0ps: Thanks Dewi. It is a Cape Longclaw ^Q^

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Is this bird the same on both pictures, or are they two different types. -O- Dewi says they are all three Long Tailed Widowbirds. O:V

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This just for an encore... once again the burnt grass made a good background... for me. -O

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Sprocky » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:32 pm

Great shots Amoli!!! \O X#X
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by Dewi » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:37 pm

Lovely photos Amoli. \O

Such a great little reserve.

Your birds are Cape Longclaw and Long-tailed Widowbirds. \O Nice shots of them.
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Post by nan » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:40 pm

nice serie of birds... my prefered... the Eland \O ^Q^
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