WALLY'S BLOG

A diary of a retired South African Water Ranger.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Intaka Bird-hide View

Monday 26 Jan 2009 (Big Bay beach, Cape)

(PHOTOGRAPH - PLOVER CHICK)

Monday 26 Jan 2009 (Big Bay beach, Cape)

Big bay beach and Nature Strip

  • 3 Thick-knee chicks
  • I Peregrine Falcon
  • White-fronted Plovers with three chicks

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22 January 2009 (Rietvlei – North lake and nature garden)

22 January 2009 (Rietvlei – North lake and nature garden)



Birds in the North Lake near the Slipway:

  • A Crested Grebe with a month old chick.
  • About 2000 Avocets




We had 1 mm rain last night and this afternoon the birds were feeding like crazy, among them were:

  • About 1000 Little Swift
  • Black Saw-wing Swallows
  • White-throated Swallows

This is the first time I have seen a grebe chick in the North Lake and I have never seen so many Avocets here or anywhere else.

  • Black-headed Heron in the Nature garden

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20 Jan 2009 (Rietvlei, Cape)


photograph Rock Kestrel - By Wally Wolhuter - Rietvlei

20 Jan 2009 (Rietvlei, Cape)

Morning patrol:

  • One pair of Spotted Thick-knee in the car park with almost fully grown chicks.
  • Did not see the Water Thick-knee at fishing site 4
On the way to the bird-hide I met Margaret who helped me with the identifications of the Brown-throated Sand Martins


Other birds seen along the path to the hide:

  • 1 Pin-tailed Whydah
  • 1 Marsh Harrier
  • 1 Purple Heron
  • 1 Rock Kestrel
  • 1 Black-shouldered Kite
  • 10 Glossy ibis
  • 50 Pelicans
  • 200 Avocets on the pan at the hide.
  • 6 Spur winged Geese

The South Lake bird-hide, when completed, will give birders a very clear view of the pelicans Spurt winged Geese and other birds.

The plan is to get the board-walk completed by March 1. (Cross fingers)


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19-01-2009 (Milnerton Lagoon)

19-01-2009 (Milnerton Lagoon)

I drove down to Milnerton Lagoon to spot the reported crocodile. I saw no crocodile, but there were:

  • Egyptian Geese and 10 goslings about three days old.

  • 3 Grey Heron

  • 4 Little Egret

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tick-knee Chick 19-01-2009


Photographed Dikkop chick - by Wally Wolhuter - Rietvlei, Cape

19-Jan 2009

Remained at the reserve later than usual.

The wind was howling at 40 knots +.


While passing fishing site four, I saw the Water Thick-knee sitting under the trees, and to my surprise, there I spotted two chicks.

As soon as they saw me they scurried under their mother's soft plumage for protection.






Bird Territory 13-01-2009


Photograph Rock Kestrel - Rietvlei (Wally Wolhuter)

13-01-2009

While surveying the area of Rietvlei, I noticed that the Rock Kestrel has taken over the bird hide block area as his territory.

The Black-shouldered Kite was seen here previously.


Photograph Black-shouldered Kite - Milnerton (Wally Wolhuter)



Fish-Eagles

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