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Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:22 am

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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Rooies » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:36 am

Great stuff BB. I am looking forward to the pic. :clap:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:01 pm

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:31 pm

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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby RobertT » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:09 pm

: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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:28 pm

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

Unread postby JenB » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:38 pm

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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:41 pm

Well done BB. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby granjan » Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:37 pm

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

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:57 pm

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

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby gjorgi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:06 pm

.....I'm a bit green right now.

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:10 pm

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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:15 pm

Wonderful BB - Thank You :thumbs_up:

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Hugh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:18 pm

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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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:25 pm

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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