This was my first visit to Rietvlei this year. I would list 83 species before I left – another exceptional morning. Here are some of the highlights.
Rose-ringed parakeets are not well liked by many as it is seen as an invasive species. But they do make an attractive picture in the morning light.
Martins, Swifts and swallows were present in abundance – Banded Martins, Little, White-rumped and Palm Swifts. Barn Swallows, Greater Striped swallows and this White-throated Swallow and Lesser Striped Swallow.
Some of the other little birds that caught my eye were Common Waxbills and a Common Fiscal.
I am always happy when I see a Red-throated Wryneck. Willow Warblers are also special – it is amazing to think that these tiny little birds migrate all the way from Europe, end then go back!
I also sa a couple of raptors – first a Black-winged kite, and later a few Amur Falcons. I saw a Common Buzzard near Vlei Bridge, and when I was at the picnic site first heard the spectacular call of then Fish Eagle, and then I saw it.