Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

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Post by Amoli » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:25 pm

:ty: Dewi - a Little Bittern would be a lifer - just need to check.. O/\ O/\
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Post by Toko » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:59 pm

Great birding, Amoli ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

:ty: for the flowers 0/0 A Gnidia caffra Gifbossie :twisted:

My fav is the sunrise sky O:V

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Post by Flutterby » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:41 am

Wow Amoli, you got some great birdies!! ^Q^ ^Q^

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Post by steamtrainfan » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:27 pm

Gee whizz Amoli - your photos are fantastic.

Wish I could capture some of the birdies you got. :-0 :-0
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Post by Peter Connan » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:12 pm

I missed the early start on Saturday morning, but this happened on Saturday evening

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(please note that this photo was not taken at Rietvlei, and is included only to illustrate the cause of the ideal conditions I was privileged to encounter)

And it made Sunday morning magnificent. I was there at 05h00, the first guy through the gate.

My first sighting was a pair of Reedbuck at the first turnoff, just passed the first hide. It was still too dark to get a decent photo though. Normally I would rush to the island-view hide, but this time I decided to do things differently. I was moslty hoping to see cuckoos and bee-eaters, but decided to take the dirt road.

Next up, a couple of Rhino:
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Shortly thereafter, sunup:
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This brought the most beautiful light I have seen in a long time.
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Found some more Rhino, with Egret in close attendance, at the crossroads leading to the restaurant
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I took the Vlei road, and found another Reedbuck
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At the hide along the vlei, I got two different swallows:
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an Arrow-marked Babbler (first time I see one here):
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And a King-of-six
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There were termite alates erupting all over the park, making for lots of excitement among the weavers, bishops and widowbrds.
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I also saw the spur-wing Amoli mentioned, but too far away.
Coming back on the other side of the stream, there were several wet and upset Swainsons, still sitting in the trees.
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At the otter bridge, a green-backed heron
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This time I turned toward the island-view hide.
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At the hide itself, a fish eagle was teasing us from the trees and a black-headed heron paid a visit
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As well as a white-breasted swallow
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And the usual Darter
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Then my family joined me for brunch, and so did the rhinos.
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And on the way out, the black-chested snake eagle came to say goodbye
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So wonderful that one can have such an amazing morning just 20 minutes' drive from home, whic just begs the question: Why haven't I been here since April? Then again, I never did get any Cuckoos or Bee-eaters.
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Post by steamtrainfan » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:18 pm

Whoowee Peter.

Thank you for sharing these most amazing photos.

Your lightning photo is a winner.
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Post by Lisbeth » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:27 pm

Superb bird photos and I love the reedbuck ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: Rietvlei Nature Reserve through Greenies' Eyes

Post by Amoli » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:45 am

^Q^ ^Q^ Excellent sightings Peter.. ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

I'm a bit green about the Green backed Heron.... ;-)

Your sunrise was beautiful with all the clouds... O:V

and the lightning... wow O/\
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Post by Flutterby » Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:07 pm

Wow Peter, amazing photographs!! \O \O

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Post by Richprins » Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:09 pm

Good Gravy! Incredible pics all-round! ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

The theory about meerkat is that they are slowly moving East, as SA's Karoo vegetation biome expands due to various factors..a long story..but not very good! O-/

Love the rhino pic, Peter, and Amoli's Tern! O/\
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