Marievale this morning

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10 years 3 months ago #5329 by nkgray
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I paid a visit to Marievale this morning and was pleased to see widespread showing of new green grass appearing in the burnt areas. Water levels have dropped markedly in the last few weeks. There are extensive areas of open mudflat in the northern pans and good shallows in Blesbokspruit bridge and Shelduck areas. The first few Ruff have arrived and these water levels bode well for a good showing of waders as they arrive in a month's time.

For now it appears to be a snipe's paradise. At the Blebokspruit bridge I counted no fewer than 14 African Snipe in the shallow water and many more in the northern pans. At Hadeda Hide there was a single Avocet, a Moorhen, a few Coots and +/-100 Red-billed Teal. For some reason the current conditions favour the Teal (possibly able to bottom feed quite well) and they were almost as numerous as the Coots across the reserve.

With extensive areas of burnt reedbeds throughout the reserve it is much easier to see the likes of Common Moorhen, Black Crake and Purple Swamphen out in the open. The area of burnt grassland to the north and west of Shelduck Hide is still supporting at least 4 pairs of Capped Wheatear. One of the resident African Marsh-Harriers was showing well over the grassland adjacent to the Marievale Mine 2#.

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10 years 3 months ago #5346 by Johann
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Neil, where are these northern pans? How do I get there?
I know all the other hides and normal areas quite well but not the pans you mention.

Went to MV on 05/08 and we also saw loads, and I mean loads of Red-billed Teal and Yellow-billed Ducks. More than normal Hottentot Teal were also present.
And as you mention we also saw quite few, probable 10 or more, snipe at the Old Bridge.

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10 years 3 months ago #5350 by nkgray
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Johann,

When I talk about the northern pans I refer to that part of the reserve up against the northern boundary fence. As you cross the bridge over the Blesbokspruit the road forks. If you go left you end up at the Shelduck Hide - go right and follow the road along the boundary fence to where it stops. You can walk along a path alongside the fence for a further 1km or so and return to your vehicle, or take a long hike and end up close to Duiker Hide from where you have the long walk back over the bridge. This is a good area when the summer wades arrive.

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10 years 3 months ago #5356 by Johann
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Thanks Neil. I'll try that next time I go out to MV. Need some waders on my list, hardly have any at the moment.
I've only ever taken the road to the left towards Shelduck and it's never been very productive though.

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10 years 3 months ago #5357 by gordon
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Johann, if you walk past the Shelduck hide, there are large area's that can be very productive. This is one of the area's where Slaty Egret keeps being recorded.

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Gordon

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10 years 3 months ago #5391 by Johann
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Thanks Gordon. I'll keep that in mind on my next visit. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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