Birthday outing to Rietvlei

This past weekend saw us, accompanied by good friends and close family, heading to our local Rietvlei Nature Reserve to celebrate Joubert’s tenth birthday. The highlight of the day for Joubert and his mates was a tour to Rietvlei’s lions, with the birthday boy getting the seat of honour next to the very knowledgeable ranger-guide.

30 thoughts on “Birthday outing to Rietvlei

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Baie dankie, Dina. Ja-nee, nog nie een van Joubert se partytjies was binnensmuurs nie, al is Augustus nie altyd lekker warm soos hierdie jaar nie. Ek kan my ook nie verbeel dat ons dit andersins sal wil hΓͺ nie…

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  1. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    Beautiful images Dries and what a wonderful birthday treat for Joubert to see the lions 🦁 The cake looks amazing, such a fun idea too! πŸ™‚πŸŽ‚

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you Anne. As for the Groundscraper Thrush, we’ve been seeing them much more frequently recently – we even have a pair living on the sidewalks here in our neighbourhood!

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  2. loisajay

    The birthday cake is adorable! The lazy lioness….you almost want to reach out and pet her, don’t you? Humanely removed the horn. That is a thing? I’m glad it deters poachers but, really, what a shame.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks very much, Lois! The little cake-photographer was a present from one of Marilize’s very talented colleagues.
      Joubert really managed to capture that lioness’s laziness perfectly, you can see in her eyes that she is utterly bored…
      Sadly yes, in reserves with small populations of rhinos managers and vets now routinely remove the horns to protect them against rhino poachers. It is a very costly and time-consuming exercise and needs to be done regularly as the horn keeps growing out (it is made of the same stuff as nails and hair)

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  3. H.J. for avian101

    Joubert is a lucky boy having you as a father! What a birthday present! Fantastic!
    What a great gallery of birds! It was my present! Thanks, D. πŸ™‚

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