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Bryn De Kocks
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A recent write up and collection of images from birding at Rietvlei, in Milnerton, South Africa.
With Rietvlei having a few great rarities recorded there, and me having only visited it once prior, I found it high time to pay another visit to Milnerton.
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With so many people struggling to identify Southern African Buzzards, especially those in their juvenile or immature stages. I've put together an article to help them, showing the methods I use in distinguishing and identifying them.
Truth be told, I first started writing this article over a year ago, and it was a lot more bloated than this piece is. Over the past several years I took a particular interest in raptors, and specifically Buzzards, more than likely because they were the birds that I came across most often in the …
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I've been birding for 3 years now, and have definitely learned some things in that time - hopefully you can relate or learn :)
Here are 12 things that I have learned about twitching and birding after having started in early 2012. Hopefully they can help the newcomers.
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South Africa saw its second record of a Snowy Egret this week, and I was lucky enough to squeeze in a lunch time twitch.
Last night (8 June) I was running through my Facebook news feed when I saw a post made to the Wider Cape Town Birding Challenge group about an unusual Egret sighting that happened along Black River, just off the M5 near Cape Town.
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Results from the first FAI indoor skydiving World Cup that took place over the weekend.
This past weekend saw the first FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving take place at iFly Austin, in Texas. The innaugral event drew competitors from around the world and consisted of three main categories, namely the artistic events, formation skydiving and then finally vertical formation. Within artistic events there was an open freestyle event and an open freefly event. The 4-way formation skydiving was split into an open category and a ladies cat...
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New blog post up on my recent experience of surfing at Koeelbay, with quite a few pics.
It was set, we'd be heading though to Koeelbay on the 19th January to see what surfing some real break is like. We got there early, and watched the swell
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Field report and images from a winter's day birding at Rietvlei in Milnerton.
With Rietvlei having a few great rarities recorded there, and me having only visited it once prior, I found it high time to pay another visit to Milnerton.
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Birding is often far more than just a hobby.
To some birds are something they watch from their patios, while for others it can be an obsession driven passion that they work their life around.
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Had an amazing day out in the West Coast of South Africa, including 3 rarities. One of which was the extremely surprising sighting of a young Bateleur, far south of their distribution range.
A birding trip to the West Coast with the Hardakers proved to be one of the best days out in the field, and just kept getting better, with several rarities
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Yesterday I rushed through to Cape Town during lunch to see the country's second ever record of a Snowy Egret:
Last night (8 June) I was running through my Facebook news feed when I saw a post made to the Wider Cape Town Birding Challenge group about an unusual Egret sighting that happened along Black River, just off the M5 near Cape Town.
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Gordon's Bay Beach #photography #landscape #beach #sunset  
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I have been writing a tutorial on ND filter landscape photography for a few days now - hope it may help some interested in that area of photography.

#landscape #photography #tutorial #ndfilter #longexposure #photographic  
Learn how to use ND filters to achieve magnificent landscape photography. This tutorial will run you through the gear and the practice of taking the shots.
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Webmaster & Community Manager
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Photography, Social Media Management, Community Management, Search Engine Optimization
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  • D4DR Media
    Content Management, 2007 - present
    I manage the largest online skydiving community, dropzone.com; As well as the BASE Jumping website basejumper.com - be sure to go check 'em out!
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Passionate and opionated. I love learning and am never satisfied with what I know, there's no reason to ever stop growing. My interests include photography and birding, as well as the psychology behind online user behaviour and interaction.
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I have managed the largest skydiving website online for over 6 years
Education
  • Happy Days
    Throwing Stones, 1992 - 1993
  • Beautmont Primary
    Useless Things, 1994 - 2000
  • Homeschooling
    How to watch CNN and BMX, 2001 - 2003
  • Helderberg Sports Academy
    Not Sports, 2003 - 2004
  • Somerset West Private
    Things, 2004 - 2005
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Firstly it's important to note that there are two locations for the Helderberg. There is the main entrance which is in Somerset West, and then there is a smaller one on the Stellenbosch side, the latter is often known as Klein Helderberg. I will be reviewing the Somerset West side. It's a great place for nature lovers. I am a birder and have spent two decades coming to this reserve. There are plenty of shaded grass areas for picnics, and there's also a restaurant, which to be honest is a bit over-priced for the quality of food received, at least in my experience. None the less the waitresses were friendly and the atmosphere was great, very rustic inside. The nature, there are buck that can be seen in the reserve, along with numerous Leopard Tortoises, Hares and Mongooses. There are over 170 species of bird recorded in the reserve, and I personally have seen 100 species there in the past 3 years alone. Entry prices aren't bad compared with other places like Kirstenbosch, and if you become a member you get free entry for just R100+- a year. For those interested in hiking, there are a variety of hiking trails, all in different difficulties, so there will always be a trail for you. I definitely recommend the reserve to anyone looking for a day out in nature. Though avoid late Sunday mornings. PROS: - Great bird life - Not overly developed - Variety of trails - Cafe and Restaurant - Well maintained CONS: - Restaurant food not great - Sometimes too busy to enjoy nature - Loud kids running around screaming can be frustrating for nature lovers
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