Beautiful, stately visitor in our garden this morning. African Harrier-Hawk (Kaalwangvalk). Table Mountain as backdrop. It "hopped" from tree to tree, seemingly looking for prey by perching in the top of the canopy, looking down through the branches. Wonderful experience...read more
Juvenile Verreaux’s Eagle spotted at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, where the adult breeding pair has been resident for over 30 years. Image not the best quality as the juvenile was perched way up on the highest cliffs next...read more
Small plant growing flat on the ground. The elliptic to oval leaves are carried on short stalks. Drooping flowers are orange-yellow turning pinkish with age. Common in grassland, particularly in trampled areas.
Excited to spot a bird's nest fungus! Found it on a branch lying on the ground underneath some trees. The fruit body is vase-shaped, tapering downwards toward the base. The inner surface is grooved, while the outer surface is greyish...read more
Black head, black feathers variably tipped rufous-brown. White patches on sides of neck. Chestnut brown breast shading to white. Black bill. Dark eyes. Legs and feet black. 5 subspecies in southern Africa.
Regarded as vulnerable due to decrease in numbers. Blackish or dark grey face. Eyes dark. Neck dark grey and sparsely covered with whitish down. Off-white rump and lower back only visible in flight or when wings are spread.
The western Leopard Toad is restricted to the coastal lowlands of the south-western Cape, with a distribution range that extends from the Cape Peninsula and Cape Flats to the Agulhas Plain. Furthermore, this species has a fragmented distribution and has...read more
Stumbled upon this unique snake in the garden. This Cape Worm Snake is no more than 2mm thick (or should I say thin!) and about 8 cm in length. Shiny black, highly polished scales. The snake is fossorial, burrowing underground,...read more