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 Post subject: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:22 am 
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This morning I went to see the first ever African record of a Black Skimmer at Rietvlei in Tableview.

I got the heads up from Trevor last night and arrived at 6, to see the skimmer flying around for an hour before I had to leave to pay the bills.

I have seen stationary African skimmers in Okavango, but was treated to this one 'fishing'.

Magnificent! :thumbs_up: :dance:

I will post a pic later.

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Great stuff BB. I am looking forward to the pic. :clap:

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Fantastic BB! :clap: :thumbs_up: SO and I popped in later this morning and saw the bird - mostly sleeping but we were also treated to a quick flight! :dance:

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:dance: :dance: More chance of seeing a Black skimmer in WP than a Currie cup or super 15 cup. :lol: :lol:


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At least before yesterday I knew there WAS a Currie Cup or Super 15 one, Bob. :redface:

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BB!! :dance:
The Golden Skimmer award goes to you for the first ever South African Black skimmer pic posted on forum! :clap: :clap:

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Well done BB. :clap: :clap:

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Well done BB! Great pic. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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Fabulous BB, that must have been really exciting! Thanks for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei
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Awesome stuff BB.
I wish I could get down to Cape Town to check it out, but I don't think I'll be able to twitch this one, unless it sticks around for a while.


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Wonderful BB - Thank You :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei
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BB and you never called me :naughty: we live right next to Table view.. Can you give any idea where to park and whereabouts the birdie is . Ta

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 Post subject: Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei
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Thanks all. I am chuffed with that pic, taken with a 'one-piece' camera. The other dozen or so are up to my usual standard - and the bird was further away.

Maybe others will get good pics.

Hugh. If you know where SANCCOB is, you travel past it from Blaauberg Road and turn right at the 4 way stop. Then into Table Bay Reserve. Take the road to the end and park at the boom, and then you have to walk along to the old hide. That is where I took the shot. In my defence, I found out about it at about 22h00 last night, and AFAIR you are no night owl. :whistle:

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