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Rondevlei

Hide view

Rondevlei from tower platform

View from one of the hides

This is a particularly well managed and manicured reserve, set alongside suburbia. Only an hour was left on the last afternoon to see the bids here, and we wished more time was available - this is a little gem of a place. We found it fairly easily, by driving south on the M5, where there is an obvious brown sign on the left near to Grassland, and a further sign to the right after a couple of hundred yards. The reserve entrance is at the end of this road. It is actually quite close to Strandfontein sewage works, but despite this proximity, the habitat and species are not the same. Rondevlei consists of a single large brackish lagoon, with significant reed fringes and stands in the centre, a sand bar, and one or two areas of exposed mud and sand amongst the reeds. And all this for only 5 rands. There are two tower hides which overlook the whole reserve, and a generous spattering of hides. Around the lagoon, the tracks weave through low scrub and small bushes, which must harbour a lot of potential, although we saw only Tinkling Cisticola. Predominant birds are Darters, which were not seen at Strandfontein, but are in good numbers and close to here. Others are Sacred Ibis, Great Cormorants on the sandbar, and Reed Cormorants from the hides. Smaller numbers of wildfowl were represented by Cape Shoveler and Red-billed Teal.

African Spoonbill

Cape Bulbul

African Spoonbill & Sacred Ibises

Cape Bulbul

Darter

Red-knobbed Coot

African Darter

Red-knobbed Coot

Cape Shoveler

Red-billed Teal

Cape Shoveler

Red-billed Duck

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