We were standing on the side of the road that bridges the vlei, looking up and looking out – not down – at the birdlife when someone standing nearby on the back of his bakkie called out, ‘have you seen the otter?’
We hadn’t, but we did, and here are pictures to prove it.
You knew at once, didn’t you, that this was a female Amur falcon? Of course you did.
Well, I didn’t, and though I paged up and down and sideways through Roberts and the SASOL guide I couldn’t figure it out. Until, of course, I posted the image on the SA Birdlife Facebook Group page, with a cry for help, and with minutes had my answer, from some far more knowledgeable soul who took pity on my ignorance.
It is, as above, a falcon, female, which I spotted on the fence just past the Visitor’s Centre, as we entered the Marievale wetland.
A good start, auspicious, to a perfect day.
And I rather liked the composition, too.
Nikon D500, Nikon 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Colour Efex Pro.