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Black Skimmer - a first confirmed record for South Africa.

Robin Wood, Heather Wood

On 04 October 2012 at 14:30, I, Robin Wood (RW), sighted a Skimmer at Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Milnerton, Western Cape. I was out with my mother-in-law, Heather Wood (HW), for an afternoon’s viewing of wetland birds – in overcast conditions with light drizzle – intent on finding a few new birds to tick off our list, when a bird with a bright red beak swooped down low across the top of the water, directly behind the pelicans we were training our binoculars on....

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