Grietjie Private Reserve

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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Sprocky » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:28 pm

Thanks once again for the comments and thank you Klippies for the Bat ID. \O I'm sure it is the Egyptian Slit-faced Bat, as you said.

Time for some pics taken this weekend on a relatively quiet Grietjie.

First batch, birds...

On Friday afternoon I took a walk down to the river again. When I got there I noticed this Giant Kingfisher on a wire, that crosses the river, with the almost full moon well above the horizon. I shifted into a position to get the moon behind the bird, but with the long lens I couldn't get both in focus...
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The Kingfisher then took caught me by surprise, it dived down from the wire, into the river and emerged with a fish in it's beak. I managed to get a shot of it flying with it's catch, but unfortunately not in sharp focus...
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On Saturday morning there was an abundance of bird life around the house, almost like a spring day. Here is a White-browed Scrub Robin...
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My favourite for the day, a Jameson's Firefinch...
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Up next, strange behaviour...
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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Sprocky » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:46 pm

This weekend I also witnessed some strange behaviour.

How about this for a weird combination of buddies...
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This morning, a Steenbok and Steenbokkie. He was very keen, but typical female, she wanted to know nothing about his advances...
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He then gave up trying and resorted to feeding instead...
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Lastly, a predatory Giraffe. :shock: He was chasing Impala for about half an hour, unfortunately he was outwitted on every attempt...
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Until next time, from the banks of the Olifants... X#X
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Post by Lisbeth » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:13 pm

Lovely birdies \O
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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Alf » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:24 pm

Very strange that the giraffe is chasing the impala.
Next trip to the bush??

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Post by Mel » Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:43 pm

Grand photo of the weird buddies O\/ [Luv]
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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Flutterby » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:47 am

Wow, you had some great sightings and got some awesome pics! \O \O

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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Pumbaa » Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:47 pm

Simply brilliant shots, Sprocky,

stunning to spot that many different birdies, love the steenbokkies and for sure the weird combination of buddies ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Richprins » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:47 pm

Fascinating weekend, Sparky! :shock:

X#X on the pics, and it looks like a giraffe youngster? 0- lol

Strange buddies indeed!
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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Klipspringer » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:26 pm

Maybe the plated lizard and the mongooses share a burrow -O-

Great birding again!

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Re: Grietjie Private Reserve

Post by Cape Moonie » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:55 am

Hi Sprocky
I've been following your posts from Grietjie for quite a while and loving every single one of them, so thanks for your amazing posts and you're commitment to keep them coming. It is much appreciated

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