I snuck off early one morning for a couple of hours at Rietvlei Nature Reserve just to get out. Tommy met me at the gates and we set with cameras and bins in hand for some birding action.
At first it was a bit quiet as the air was a bit nippy and the birds obviously slept in. At one point on the track the Cisticolas were calling everywhere...Zitting, Cloud and a Wing-snapping (Ayres) represented the aerial cisticolas and a Levaillants called from the grass.
|Cloud Cisticola (confirmed)|
|Juvenile African Pipit (confirmed)|
Another member of the wagtail/pipit family which are extremely common at Rietvlei are the Cape Longclaws which have a mewing call which sounds like a cat.
Down the hatch!
The final highlight of the day was a flock of White-fronted bee-eaters who didn't mind having us take their photo from close range. A jealous Ovambo Sparrowhawk decided that he wasn't going to allow this however and scattered them in all directions (I was too slow to get a photo of him however).
|White-fronted Bee-eaters (4)|
And thats it, another mornings birding over and a good list of 32 species before work. We heard several Quialfinch again but getting a photo is hard work.