A diary of a retired South African Water Ranger.

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

Rietvlei, 07 April 2009

7 April 2009
Cape Dwarf Chameleon

12 Oystercatchers on the North Bank


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rietvlei, 06 April 2009

Birds spotted:

1 Ringed Plover

  • 6 Little Stints in the South-lake near the pond off the path to The Point
Photograph: Ringed Plover

Rietvlei, 31 March 2009

Dikkop (Thick-knee) chicks in the boat-parking area.
70 +- Pelicans on the corner of the South-Vlei. (Old cofferdam)

Rietvlei -- 27-March 2009

Saw a white and black Coot on two separate occasions. Albino???

Rietvlei Nature Reserve -- 25 March 2009

  • I found the remains in the South-vlei near the club.

Rietvlei 24 March 2009

24 March 2009
Found a mature lame Helmeted Guineafowl. It died while we were examining it.

Blouberg Hill 21 March 2009

We went for a hike to the top of Blouberg Hill. The vegetation was very dry.
We enjoyed great panoramic views over Blouberg, the sea and the mountain.
We saw the land where the "Battle of Blouberg" played out.

Birds spotted:

Thursday, April 9, 2009


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