A diary of a retired South African Water Ranger.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009


This is a beaut from my garden. I just missed a photograph of him drinking water from the bird-bath.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Recreation on the water

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Otters at Rietvlei

I noticed some movement on the waters edge near the new hide - South lake.
It turned out to be a family of otters

Rietvlei reserve 7-7-2009

Rietvlei 7-7-2009 - Mole


We spotted this mole sunbathing -- just his head sticking out.

Rietvlei 7-7-2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

25-Jun-2009 Rietvlei, Cape - Bird Activity

25 Jun 2009
  • The pan is full of water
Bird Activity:
  • One Rock Kestrel

See photos

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Juvenile Swift Tern

Rietvlei Walk 11-Jun-07


Rietvlei Walk

Birds spotted:

  • * 8 Black-headed Herons - one has just caught a frog. There seems to be a great number of frogs in the area (photograph below)

  • * A pair of Black-shouldered Kites in the area between North and South-vlei


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rietvlei 10 June 2009

10 Jun 2009
A super day.
I planned a long walk to the hides but had to cut my walk short because spider webs were covering the whole area.
Going to the hides would have meant that I would have been covered with spiders.
The birds seem to congregate south of the new bird hide
  • 10 Red-billed Teal
  • 8 Yellow-billed Ducks
  • African Darters
  • 5 Red-knobbed Coots
  • Egyptian geese
  • Cormorants
  • Cape Shoveler

Rietvlei 9 Jun 2009

9 Jun 2009

Birds spotted

Saturday, June 13, 2009

9 June 2009

A pair of Southern Pochards was spotted flying over the South-lake.

Rietvlei 1-6-2009

We watched how a Black Sparrowhawk was trying to get to a dove he dropped on the other side of a fence while the Hartlaub’s Gulls were dive-bombing him.
He gave up and flew away.
Later we saw him return to when the coast was clear to collect his prey.

Pied Kingfisher -- Rietvlei

26-May-2009 14:07
Three Pied Kingfishers
Young birds.
Two of them look as if they are mating.

Owl Moth

Atlantis 2009-05-26

Photograph Leonard Wolhuter

The best website on this topic: http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_noctuidae/index.html

See more photographs: Http://images.google.co.za/images?gbv=2&hl=en&sa=1&q=moth+owl&btnG=Search+Images&aq=f&oq=

Pelican ring no. H1257

26 May 2009

Pelican found -- died about four days ago.
Ring number H1257. Ringed on Dassen Island in 2005. (4 Years ago)
It has been seen on a pig farm near Tygeberg about ten times.

Bush for ID

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Male and juvenile Pelicans -- Darters

23 May 2009

Morning walk:
I spotted 50 Flamingos at the South vlei
I managed to photograph a male and juvenile Pelican together with a group of Darters.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

18 May 2009 Rietvlei

18 May 2009
  • The pan is full of Cape Shoveler about +/- 200
  • 50 Lesser Flamingos
  • 100 Pied Avocets
  • 20 African Spoonbill
  • 10 Little Stints

(photograph by Wally: Flamingos)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Otter, Mongoose activity at Rietvlei 18-05-2009

18-May-2009 Rietvlei

We saw footprints and inlays of Otters and Water Mongoose near the South-lake hide.
This poor fellow (Otter photograph below) was killed on the freeway. This happens from time to time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oystercatchers at Rietvlei, Cape

18 May 2009
50-60 Black African Oystercatchers were seen on the North Shore of the North Lake.

We have never had this many Oystercatchers and Shoveler ducks in the vlei before

Friday, April 24, 2009

21 April 2009 - Rietvlei

21 April 2009
Birds spotted:

37 Spur-winged Geese
Flying from the North-vlei to the South-vlei

Intaka Island 10 April 2009

10 April 2009
Visited Intaka Island around 11:30 am. Among birds spotted:

  • Malachite Kingfisher

We had a very pleasant stroll through their nature area.

Rietvlei, 08 April 2009


Photograph by Wally Wolhuter


Birds eye view from the island at Rietvlei. Photogrash taken 2002