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Saturday, May 19, 2012

School of Barbel Fish at Marais Dam (Video)


The bird hide at Marias Dam
(Evidence of the school of Barbel can be seen swirling just below the water surface in this pic.)

The Marias Dam is located inside the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and acts as an upstream sludge-dam for the larger Rietvlei Dam. It is named after Mr Riaan Marais, who was appointed as Nature Conservation manager at the reserve on 1 May 1995.

The following video shows footage of the Barbel (catfish) in the immediate vicinity of the bird hide on the western banks of the dam. Angling is prohibited in this part of the reserve.
 

Video high definition link is here.

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The Rietvlei Nature Reserve has a very interesting history. Readers who are keen on learning more can download a document here, in MS-Word format (182 kb).


3 comments :

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi TM

I don't really get it - is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anon (3:37 AM) – This blog covers a wide variety of topics related to Africa. In this post I’m simply sharing a video I recorded while on an outing to the Marais Dam. The lively school of Barbel have been in this dam for years, an obvious indication that the water is of good quality. There are also hippos and crocs in this dam.

This video was recorded soon after a bad experience in the same spot, which I shared with readers here.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thanks Mate! - I thought that you were upset about them being there, as if they didn't belong.

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