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Saturday, October 29, 2011


As always Rondebult provided some good sightings and photo op's this afternoon Trashing the idea of the golden hour in the morning is the only time to get good pics'.Granted it is the best time but some patience in the heat of the afternoon also produces good images.Not a huge list as i was static at hide number 2 ,I just wanted to practice my craft. The squacco heron below moved around quite a lot I think it wanted to land on the sandbar in front of the hide and my lens kept putting him of.
Straight afterwords this little bittern flashed across and this was the only pic i managed to get.
I heard these little african reed warblers but they where pretty flitty in the reeds. This one posed for me for about three minutes giving me some nice results

could not help my self with this little fella,chirping in desperation trying to find his mom.

And finally this juvenile reed cormorant chased away the white throated swallow from his perch.
Was pretty hot at 11 when i arrived a muggy 25 degrees c but when i left at 13.00 it had risen to 35 degree c.
notable sightings where the white rumped swift and the common swift. the huge amounts of spur winged goose from earlier in the week where gone. 


  1. Hi there. Thanks for the blog. I enjoy browsing through and am always envious because I never get to see what you see. I was there on Thursday, the 27th and managed to see only marsh sandpiper, three banded plover and glossy ibis (three new ticks for me).

  2. Hi Spirit soul
    Glad you find the blog useful.there are 7 hides here .I use mostly hide number two which is at the back.When you walk through the gate to the picnic site hides no 2 and 3 are on your right hand side.walk past hide number 2 keeping it on your right hand side.follow the path to the end a large willow has been blown over,turn right and go passed the raised lapa.hide number two right in front of is quieter here and if you hang around for an hour or two you can get about 50 species.the keys are with the security guard at the main gate.i will be there on sunday morning from 6 until 8.30 if you want to hook up.