Marievale not for the thermally challenged

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6 years 5 months ago #51490 by Doug
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[attachment=0:1vuxboie]<!-- ia0 -->242585_10150183134811053_627271052_7410567_8340976_o.jpg<!-- ia0 -->[/attachment:1vuxboie]HI all.

We popped in to Marievale on Sunday to test my new in-car thermometer and do a bit of birding.

On the birding front, not much to speak of as we were rather focused on searching for the coldest point in Marievale but we did get Adult African Fish-eagle, Orange-breasted Waxbill, nice views of African Snipe feeding in the open, African Rail strolling across the road and a few Purple Heron.

On the weather front however it was a wild success... -9.0.
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6 years 5 months ago #51492 by sulamk
sulamk replied the topic: Re: Marievale not for the thermally challenged
Brr! Sounds like wakkerstroom!

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6 years 5 months ago #51496 by mossie
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As they say in Scandinavia....(immagine the Sweedish accent):

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

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6 years 5 months ago #51518 by John Young
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Oh yeah . . . .

On the birding front, not much to speak of


To rework an old idiom: "One man's Trash bird (meat) is another man's Lifer (poison)." I'd have been very happy to see the OB Waxbill and Af. Rail, as well as getting decent photo opportunities ot the Af. Snipe feeding out in the open.

Note to self, when next in Gauteng, catch a ride with Doug as he cruises the suburbs in search of cold spots - and maybe catch myself some hot birds.

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6 years 5 months ago #51541 by Doug
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ok.. So yes I did actually comment when we were there that I have not seen Orange-breasted Waxbill at Marievale for quite a while.

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6 years 5 months ago #51550 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Marievale not for the thermally challenged
The OBW, once a fairly common bird of Gauteng, is becomming increasingly scarce, as we drain our wetlands and replace the surrounds with housing projects.

If you are happy with glimpses of them, then hang around the reed beds at Marievale in the early morning and late evening, when the flocks move from their roosts to feed and return. When you see a flock of tiny brown jobs, look out for signs of an orange breast, and then you have it. If you are tring to get a good sighting with nice photo oppurtunities, then you have to be patient or lucky. They usually fly off as you get close enough to try ID them when feeding on the ground.

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