Friends of Rietvlei
Member of the Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa Western Cape Region
Picture Gallery
The picture gallery consists of slide shows which are opened by clicking on the titles below; please be patient, some of the pictures are quite large and may take a while to download.
We would really appreciate your pictures of Rietvlei, please email them to us; we will of course give you full credit for all pictures used. If you have interesting prints, we would like to borrow them so that we can scan them and place them on the website.
A short description and a date (approximate if it cannot be accurate) with all pictures will be sincerely appreciated.
Special Galleries:
• Early Rietvlei. Axel Adelbert sent us an interesting picture of Rietvlei taken in 1982. We also include aerial photographs from the late 1950's or early 1960's.
• Frieda & Jan Prinsloo Galleries. Frieda & Jan Prinsloo are avid photographers and have taken some great pictures of Rietvlei. Click on the item below to view their pictures, more can be viewed on the SA Voëlklub Album. Read more about Frieda & Jan on SA Digitale Kamera Klub.
  • September 2015: Pied Crow attacking Fish Eagle at Rietvlei.
  • April 2015: Fish eagle at Rietvlei.
  • February 2015: Rare yellow billed stork photographed at Rietvlei.
  • February 2015: Mongooses; heron with snake; and marsh harrier with frog.
  • May 2014: Spiders dispersing using web threads.
  • January 2014: Great pics of Black shouldered kite - landing on a branch, and a pair mating.
  • November 2013: From the Old Friends Bird Hide they saw an African marsh harrier catching a yellow-billed duckling, but not after the mother yellow-billed duck tried her best to defend her brood.
• August 2013: An otter having a fishy meal near the Old Friends Bird Hide.
  • June 2010: Lesser Kestrel with prey, and a curious otter.
• Alex Bond-Smith Collection. Alex Bond-Smith sent us some great bird pictures; view them in this collection. Read more about Alex and his pics on
• David Scholtz Collection. David Scholtz has sent us some more great pictures; view them in his collection.
• Kirsten Frost Collection. Photographer Kirsten Frost has kindly sent us some of his photographs for the website. You can see more of Kirsten's pictures on his website
• Birds of Rietvlei. These are just a few of the many species of birds that can be seen at Rietvlei.
• Animals of Rietvlei. Rietvlei has a number of interesting animals of the non-feathered variety; we are starting this gallery to show these.
General Galleries:
• Winter floods July 2008. Good heavy rains in early July raised the water levels in the vlei and river higher than last year's floods.
• Winter floods July 2007. Heavy rain in late July resulted in the levels of the vlei rising higher than it had in many years.  PLUS - Aerial photos by Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town.
• Winter 2007. The winter rains means that Rietvlei has once again filled up with water.
• Rietvlei - Early August 2006. After nearly 140mm rain during June and July, the water level is rising.
• Rietvlei - June 2006. After the first winter rains in May, the eastern vlei is just starting to fill up with water.
• Milnerton Lagoon - June 2006. The lagoon on a tranquil Sunday morning in winter.
• Rietvlei - 1996-2002. These pictures were on the old website and date from approximately 1996 to 2002.
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