A diary of a retired South African Water Ranger.

Monday, February 2, 2009

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)

To view photographs and information of the birds mentioned, click on the bird link in the side panel or search through the encyclopedia link.

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