The spotted dikkop (Burhinus capensis) -- well it is now a "thick-knee" in English but still a dikkop in Afrikaans - Gewone dikkop. These are found mainly in the drier parts of Rooiels.
The slightly smaller Water thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus) can also be found in Rooiels but usually on properties nearer the beach and river.
Above the pair would take turns to sit on their egg - they only had one. The other would stand nearby and then a few times a day they would briefly meet and change positions. The photo on the right was when it was born. I thought that it had died at birth -- but no -- it took a few hours to resuscitate after its birth and then joined its parents. We watched it grow until 2 weeks old - and then it disappeared (most likely the mongoose). So sad. But late July the pair returned and perhaps they will manage to keep it safe from the mongoose this time.
Photos and anecdotes from Rooielsers
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