Rietvlei is one of my little retreats where I disappear to every now and again. I am normally there when or before the sun rises so that I get to shoot a few sunrise pics (which are generally quite stunning) and I then have some favourite spots which I drive along to shoot some birds or the wildlife if it presents it's self. I am normally done and leave by about 10am when the morning light has gone.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located in Pretoria and is about 3,800 hectares (38 km2) in size. Located within the reserve is the Rietvlei Dam. The Reserve is made up of open grassland with undulating hills with indigenous trees clustered in small groups.
I thought I would share a couple of pics from a recent visit of mine.
|The scene that lay in front of me as I entered the reserve|
|Not more than 2km away, the light had changed.|
|The river that runs under Otter bridge.. A good place to spend time waiting for birds.|
|These guys are always around in Otter Pond|
|The early morning finds the Jackal still out|
|The Red Backed Shrike|
|Mom and babe|
|The one horned Waterbuck deep in the long grass|
|One Eyed Red Hartebeest|
|The Rufousnaped Lark singing his song|
|Just love the flaps in front of the eyes|
|The Egret fishing in a small stream.|
|It would not be the same without a pic of the Stonechat|
|The Giant Kingfisher with a crab|
|He breaks the pincers off|
|and then down it goes|
|The Diederick Cuckoo... a nice surprise|