Sunday, November 30, 2008
They have lots of birds to view from close up at their nature reserve.
- Moorhens and chicks
- The Snipes were not there yet, but I saw a stunning photograph of them.
A must-view nature area in the center of a concrete jungle.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- About 10 Whiskered Terns are still around
Photograph Whiskered Tern flying over Rietvlei dam 10-11-2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Rietvlei 7 11 2008
About two hundred river frogs appeared in Santie's backyard pool, bordering on the vlei, after a 5 mm rain shower the night before.
They were identified as
We managed to catch most of them. The frogs were released into the vlei.
The question is
"How did 200 fully grown frogs end up in a fully enclosed, well maintained, backyard pool when there is no other water source within he enclosure?"
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I spotted some birds (about 8) with black body, red beak, grey tail, black cap and white a stripe across the eye.
We forwarded a photograph to Trevor Hardaker from www.zestforbirds.co.za to confirm the ID of the bird. His reply was
There is no doubt that it is in fact a Whiskered Tern, which is in full breeding plumage. The potential confusion candidate, White-cheeked Tern, has a deeply forked tail and not a squarish ended tail like the bird in the photo and is also not quite as dark on the underside as is the bird in the photo.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Tuesday 4 November 2008,
We visited Rondevlei for a fire-fighting course.
In South Africa Fire-fighting is an important element of Nature Conservation.
The following birds were spotted:
- A large colony of African Sacred Ibis