The African Marsh Harrier (Afrikaans name, Afrikaanse Vleivalk) is a common local resident, mostly found in larger permanent wetlands. Here we managed to capture a Marsh Harrier carrying off an Egyptian Goose gosling.

They fly very fast and once they have quartered an area they will swoop down on their prey. They feed on rodents, small birds and amphibians.

We see them often in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and they are a joy to watch.


  1. Lukas Hein
    22 August 2018

    Hi – the last picture looks like a different species, but I’m not sure what. Just pretty sure it’s not a harrier.

    • admin
      20 September 2018

      Hi Lukas, You are absolutely correct it is not a harrier.

      Thank you for pointing it out 🙂


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