Nylsvlei flooded!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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11 years 11 months ago #771 by nkgray
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I have just returned from a day at Nylsvlei, where things are extremely wet.

Many of the roads in the reserve, to the north of the river, have 50m streches that are under 5-10cm water. The path to the Jacana Hide requires gumboots, with muddy stretches and a "lake" halfway that must be skirted around. There are numerous puddles throughout the veld.

At the Jacana Hide the river is flowing strongly and the only birds seen were Masked Weavers and Red Bishops, and a flypast of a single Reed Cormorant.

At Vogelfontein, the Dabchick and Dragonfly Hides look out over a lake. The only birds seen here were numerous African Jacana and Cattle Egret with a large flock of hawking Amur Falcon in the distance towards the Vogelfontein borehole in the reserve. A few Yellowbilled Duck and Hottentot Teal flew past and there was a distant possible Allen's Gallinule. Even x40 on the scope couldn't resolve it as there was nothing to assist with scale.

All the action was at the point where the Vogelfontein road crosses the Nyl River. Here was a large mixed group of Comb, Fulvous, White-Faced and Yellow-Billed Duck, Hottentot and Red-Billed Teal, Southern Pochard, Reed Cormorant, Spurwinged Goose, Cattle and Little Egret, Blacksmith Lapwing and a few Common Moorhen. Several of the expected grassland species were present in large numbers - Stonechat, Yellow-Crowned Bishop, etc.

There were some very obvious "no-shows". Not one single stork anywhere in the reserve. Not one single Egyptian Goose!!!!!!!!! No Grey, Goliath or Black-Headed Heron, and just a single Purple Heron over-flying the Dabchick Hide. No crakes or rails. Not one single ibis!!!!!!!!

Despite this I did pick up 80 for the day and possibly an 81st - see the Bird Identification Forum for a possible Honey Buzzard.

Highlight of the day was a very photogenic African Cuckoo.

Neil Gray

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11 years 11 months ago #773 by gordon
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It must be one heck of a sight!

When we were up, the Vogelfontein section was just sand and grass!

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