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michael-ibk
15 hours ago, PeterHG said:

09 (SA 04) Red-eyed Dove. January, Rietvlei. Doves and Pigeons rarely get the attention they deserve

 

 

They get exactly the attention they deserve. :P

 

Beautiful photos Peter, love the Ostrich, and admire your Swifts! 

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pedro maia
8 hours ago, Kitsafari said:

 

Don't stress @pedro maia -i'll still lag behind your BY.

 

 

It’ not about the BY, is just that I don’t have any planned trip.

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No shortage in Cormorants at Rietvlei.

 

19 (SA 14). White-breasted Cormorant. Rietvlei, January.

 

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20 (SA15). Reed Cormorant. Rietvlei, January

 

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21 (SA16). Fan-tailed (red-shouldered) Widowbird. Rietvlei, January. Not as common as the next one, but we still saw quite a few. They kept their distance, though.

 

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22 (SA17). Long-tailed Widowbird. Rietvlei, January. The iconic bird of the grasslands with its characteristic 'dancing' over the fields, displaying its extremely elongated tail. It is said that in wet weather they are even unable to fly at all.

 

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23 (SA 18). Red-collared Widowbird. Rietvlei, January. The least common of the three widowbirds.

 

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24 (SA 19) Northern Black Korhaan. Rietvlei, January. Hiding in the long grass and the only one we saw on the trip.

 

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Lunch at the restaurant brought in a few more guests:

 

25 (SA 20). Grey Hornbill. Rietvlei, January

 

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26 (SA 21) Grey-headed Sparrow. Rietvlei, January.

 

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27 (SA 22). Hadada Ibis. Rietvlei, January. Very common and their raw calls could be heard everywhere.

 

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28 (SA 23). Groundscraper Thrush. Rietvlei, January. 

 

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29 (SA 24) Fiscal Flycatcher. Rietvlei, January.

 

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30 (SA 25) Black Duck. Rietvlei, January. Not one of the most spectacular ducks, but I'd never seen one before.

 

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31 (SA 26). Giant Kingfisher. Rietvlei, January. One of the five kingfisher species we saw.

 

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32 (SA 27). Spotted Thick-knee. Rietvlei, January. I love the thick-knees, if only for their large eyes.

 

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33 (SA 28) Purple Gallinule. Rietvlei, January

 

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The total number of species seen at Rietvlei was 54, which we considered a very good score. Not all of them were photographed, of course and for some we got better shots later on, so this concludes the day at the Rietvlei nature Reserve. At least as far as the birds are concerned.....;)

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Love those widowbirds

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The next day, as I mentioned before, we spent a wonderful day with @Peter Connan at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary. A great place to see many different wetland birds and some good hides, offering photography opportunities.

34 (SA 29). African Marsh Harrier. Marievale, January. Less than ideal light in the morning, but a good find and we did not see it anywhere else..

 

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35 (SA 30). Cape Turtle Dove. Marievale, January. Let's deal with another dove and be done with it...;)

 

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36 (SA 31) Greater Striped Swallow. M<arievale, January. 

 

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Two different tern species were present:

 

37 (SA 32) Whiskered Tern

 

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38 (SA 33). White-winged Tern.

 

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And, of course, cisticolas. Well, I'm fairly certain about this one, but correct me if I'm wrong.

 

39 (SA 34). Levaillant's Cisticola. Marievale, January

 

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40 (SA 35) Hottentot Teal. Marievale, January. Definitely one of the prettiest ducks we saw.

 

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And, of course, both Peter and myself did not rest till we got some flight shots....;)

 

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41 (SA36). Little Egret. Marievale, January

 

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