Pelicans and all at False Bay Ecology Park

I’ve missed my Happy Place not having had a visit there for months so Early and I took a drive there on Thursday afternoon.  It was a gorgeous day but there was a bit of a South Easterly wind blowing.

As we expected the flamingos were out if full force, scattered across the first two pans.

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It’s the best place to find Greater Flamingos 

Most of them were in deeper water upending like ducks.

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A flamingo impersonating a dabbling duck

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There were a few fraternising with geese and ducks on the shore

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Of course the Red-knobbed coots were everywhere

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One of the many black-winged stilts wading in the shallows

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The one at the back is a juvenile

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Cape Teal gathered in large numbers

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quack quack quack with a feather on his back

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Not always seen so commonly is the White-faced duck

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Pelican Island

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A Flotilla of Pellies

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Gliding gracefully across the pond

 

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A real poser is the black-headed heron

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The light on the glossy ibises didn’t make photographing them easy!

The highlight of the day was an African Snipe but he the reeds were either in front of his face or he turned his back to us – these were the best I could get!

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First he looked one way

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And then the other

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I think this is my best side?

We know a place where nine times out of ten we find the spotted eagle-owls.  Today we found mother, father and the baby who is quite big now.  Photography was not good.

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The best I could get of the youngster – look carefully and you will see mom in the shade behind him.

Among many others we also had good sightings of purple swamphen, grey and purple heron but they didn’t pose for long enough.

So with a contented feeling we made our way home but I’m sure it won’t be the last visit we make to False Bay Ecology Park while we are here for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

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