Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

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Post by Flutterby » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:28 am

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Post by Dewi » Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:38 pm

Great pics STF. \O

The Starling is either dust bathing, or more likely "anting."

They let the ants swarm all over and use their formic acid as a type of insecticide to get rid of parasites. It is also believed to act as a suppliment to their own preen gland to help maintain their feathers in good condition. \O

While I'm on about ants here - the "Stonechats" are Anteating Chats. \O
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Post by steamtrainfan » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:20 pm

Hi Dewi - thank you for all the very interesting information. \O
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Post by Amoli » Sun May 25, 2014 7:42 am

How fortunate we are to have this reserve so nearby... O/\ O/\

Travelling to Rietvlei in winter takes a wee bit longer than in summer.
Here are some pics filled with heavy mist.. \O

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This aloe at the entrance gate serves as a weather buro - currently very misty in the park :-0 :-0

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No raptors this morning 0*\

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View from Island Bird Hide - what lies beyond the now and here, is unknown.. ;-)

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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

Post by Amoli » Sun May 25, 2014 7:46 am

Misty Black Shouldered Kite

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and waterbuck...

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and buffaloe...

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O/\ O/\ Yippeeee... the sun is breaking through

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Post by Amoli » Sun May 25, 2014 7:54 am

As you will see in my previous post how long the grass is at the moment.
Soon the reserve will start with the burning programme.

Is winter a time to give your cameras a rest. No, never - there are some wonderful birds during winter months and our animals don't fly away either. :-0 :-0

Haven't seen the Springbuck all summer -

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The black collared barbet is a first for me in Rietvlei O\/ O\/

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And a friendly African Grey Hornbill

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Some elegant jewellery

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and for fun a Sared Ibis.

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and, of course. I would come back with some UNKNOWN birdies which I will put up on the ID thread... :-0 :-0

That's all for now.. 0/*
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Post by Toko » Sun May 25, 2014 8:01 am

Well done with the Barbet, Amoli.

Some nice misty scenery photos O:V

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Post by Amoli » Sun May 25, 2014 8:10 am

Thanks Toko - it does have it's own beauty ;-)
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Post by Flutterby » Sun May 25, 2014 11:07 am

Looks lovely in the mist! \O And you saw buffalo!! ^Q^ ^Q^

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Post by Lisbeth » Sun May 25, 2014 11:14 am

Wet, misty and misterious O-/ ;-) Is it cold too?

Nice barbet \O
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