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Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Hugh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:33 pm

Thanks BB .I was reading up about rietvlei and they say peeps are travelling from gauteng to come and have a peak .. can you just imagine all those Beeeg cameras and lenses being there tomorrow ( seeing its weekend. ) So you were lucky to be there before the crowds. Its a lovely looking birdie too Super photo too
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:19 pm

BB, how long do you think this bird will hang around there?
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:27 pm

Until it realises that none of the other birds chip with an American accent. :roll:

I think skimmers migrate, so maybe it will be here for the summer, especially if there is enough nosh.

But I don't really know DB. Let's see if it can handle the weekend's watersport.
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:28 pm

Will go and see if it is there on Sunday ... as I am in the area :lol:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:23 pm

What a sighting. Got it late this afternoon. Awesome stuff. :-)
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by o-dog » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:43 am

I hate all of you!!

I just left from a trip back to Cape Town a day before it pitched up...enjoy the bird! It looks a beaut! Hope it remains until xmas :thumbs_up:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by wildtuinman » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:06 pm

My latest addition after my Cape Town twitch.

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by arks » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:31 am

Nice pix BB and WTM and a very cool vagrant I'm sure. Very :mrgreen: of all of you getting to see it. Wonder if it will still be hanging about in November? (Perhaps I can then 'charm' it with my accent :whistle: )
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by salamanda » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:50 am

:mrgreen: Nice WTM!

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:52 pm

I was one of the last people to see this special bird.... :dance:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:26 pm

Thanks WTM and Lizet :thumbs_up: :mrgreen:

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by salamanda » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:43 am

Great pic Liset!

So has it really flown up to Walvis Bay??? :shock:

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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:16 am

:thumbs_up: Nice pics Lizet & Oom!

It appears so Sal, Trevor has good pics of both sightings and he is inclining towards it being the same bird.

But of course, if anybody spots it today again at Rievlei.........
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:19 am

DinkyBird wrote:BB, how long do you think this bird will hang around there?

Bush Baptist wrote:I think skimmers migrate, so maybe it will be here for the summer, especially if there is enough nosh.


Translated in to English: I don't have a clue. :redface:
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Re: Black Skimmer at Rietvlei

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:40 am

Bush Baptist wrote:Translated in to English: I don't have a clue. :redface:

Trevor is quite certain it is the same bird. Flying that distance is peanuts for it, I have heard of way smaller birds pulling off larger feats.
And it would be very odd for two birds suddenly to pop up?
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