Rietvlei Nature Reserve summer beauty

With all the rain we had in this area Rietvlei Nature Reserve has very quickly changed to a lush green garden. All the animals really enjoyed the change and it was as if they all received an energy boost.

This Giant Kingfisher was very active in catching small crabs and then “removing” the legs against the bridge at Otterdam

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She (yes this is the female) would then toss it into the air to get into the correct position and then swallow the body of the crab

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The Yellow-billed ducks enjoyed playing in the water or sitting in the sun just relaxing

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The proud mother also came around to show me her beautiful ducklings

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Zebras are always a favourite of mine and although this one was a taxi they are normally just grazing and enjoying life

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This male was really excited about life but it nearly landed him in trouble when he approached a female (with a headache)

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Everyone in life, including this Cape Wagtail has a family or dependants to feed.

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This Guineafowl was trying to find some seeds to feast on

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Spotted Thick-knees always think their camouflage is good enough and normally stand very still which makes for excellent photo opportunities

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The Otterdam is very full and is overflowing strongly. I have witnessed some fish, mostly barbels being washed downstream and then trying to get back

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If you have the opportunity to visit Rietvlei Nature Reserve, do so you will not regret it

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