On the lazy Kleinrivier¹ meandering through the Overberg, what is almost certainly an African Black Duck (Anas sparsa). The impromptu photograph was taken from the bridge that crosses the river, underneath which there are a large number of Greater Striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata) mud pellet nests which they occupy in spring and summer.

An African Black Duck on the Kleinrivier, 12 April 2019. Copyright 2019 Forgotten Fields. All rights reserved.
An African Black Duck on the Kleinrivier, 12 April 2019.

  1. Afrikaans for “small river”, pronounced “cleyn-Rh-fee-R”, with a trilled “R”.

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