Saturday, 30 November 2013

Red Bishop

Red Bishop
Their habitat is grasslands and savanna, usually close to water. Breeds in reed beds and sometimes in crops. Become 14cm. (Rooivink - Euplectes orix) 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Cape Weaver

A male Cape Weaver hanging from a tree as it is building a nest
Breeding male can be disguised by it's yellow plumage. The female and non-breeding male are olive brown. Habitat is grassland and fynbos and often along rivers. Nests continually in reed beds and trees. Become 17cm in size. (Kaase Wewer - Ploceus capensis)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


The Hadeda is a large bird and becomes around 76cm. They are widespread through sub-sahara Africa and can be found in savanna's, grass fields and wetlands. (Hadeda Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Spotted Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee bird
The Spotted Thick-knee can reach up to 45.5cm. With it's brown and white speckled coat, it is good at camouflaging itself and very difficult to spot. They are spread widely through sub-saharan Africa in savannahs and grasslands. They hunt mostly on the ground, eating small insects and lizards. (Spotted Dikkop - Burhinus capensis)

Monday, 5 August 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Reed Cormorant

Reed Cormorant
A fully grown Reed Cormorant is black with grey-brown wings and a yellow or reddish face. A young one is more brown in colour with a white chest. They become 60cm in size. (Rietduiker - Microcarbo africanus)

Friday, 7 June 2013

Cape Grey Mongoose

Cape Grey Mongoose not too excited about taking photos :-)
The Cape Grey Mongoose or Small Grey Mongoose is a small species of 55–69 cm long and weighs around 0.5 – 1.0 kg. It has a dark grey colour with legs slightly darker. (Kleingrysmuishond - Galerella pulverulenta)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Little Stint

Little Stint
The Little Stint is a small bird with a fine dark bill and dark legs. It's feathers have dark centres. Can be found one-one or in small groups by river mouths. Become 14cm. (Kleinstrandloper - Calidris minuta)

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater
The Little Bee-eater is a small bird. It has a yellow throat and orange-yellow underside. A yound one (like in the photo) would have a light green underside. 17cm in size. (Kleinbyvreter - Merops Pusillus)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Friendly Dassie

A friendly Dassie looking on from behind the safety of a rock

Sunday, 2 June 2013

White-quilled Bustard

White-quilled Bustard
The White-quilled Bustard (Northern Black Korhaan) looks very similar to the Southern Black Korhaan but can be found futher up North in Southern Africa. Habitat is open grassland and scrub. Size is 53cm. (Witvlerkkorhaan - Afrotis afraoides)

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Meerkat family portrait
The Meerkat or Suricate is small in size and belongs to the mongoose family. The live in clans (mobs or gangs) of 5 - 40 members. They will dig a large network of tunnels under ground, but will also share the tunnels of ground squirrels or red mongooses. (Stokstertmeerkat - Suricata suricatta)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Slender Mongoose

Black-tipped or Slender Mongoose sitting in a tree
The Slender Mongoose is a common type of mongoose with 50 subspecies. They vary in colour from yellow-brown to a dark rich-brown. It has a straight tail with a black tip. It will usually be found one-one or in pairs on the ground, but it will also climb trees.  (Swartkwasmuishond - Galerella sanguinea)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture with a Cape Vulture flying past in the back.
The Lappet-faced Vulture is the largest vulture with blackish, dark brown feathers above and contrasting white below. It also has a red head and neck. It's a powerful vulture that will dominate other vultures at a carcass. Become 115cm. They are endangered and listed as vulnerable. (Swartaasvoel - Torgos tracheliotus)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Pearl-spotted Owlet
The Pearl-spotted Owlet is a small owl with a brown back with small white speckels. It's underside is white with brown stripes and pearl-like spots. It also has two black spots on the back of it's head which look like eyes. It likes to sit in trees and get regularly seen during the day. Become 15-18cm in size. (Witkoluil - Glaucidium perlatum)

Friday, 24 May 2013

Kalahari Scrub Robin

Kalahari Scrub Robin
The Kalahari Scrub Robin has a rusty red brown colour and a black stripe on it's tail. Can be found one-one or in pairs by Kalahari thorny fields or old farmlands. They become 16-17cm in size. (Kalahariwipstert - Erythropygia paena)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


The Eland is the largest antelope. Bulls weight 700kg, but can go up to 900kg. The cows weigh 450kg. They have a brownish colour with grey in front. Both genders have horns that are straight with a slight spiral. They have a large variety of habitats from desert fields to mountainous terrain and savannah. For food they eating mainly leaves, but will now and then also eat grasses. If water is available, they will drink, but are not reliant on it. (Eland - Tragelaphus oryx)

Monday, 20 May 2013

Red-headed finch

Red-headed finches sitting on a branch
The male Red-headed finch has a red head, the female's head is lighter. It has fine stripes on it's underside. They would often look for food on the ground and mix with other birds. Their habitat is grass or thorny fields. Become 12-13cm in size. (Rooikopvink - Amadina erythrocephala)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Southern Pied Babbler

Southern Pied Babbler
The Southern Pied Babbler is an insect eating bird that can often be found on the ground in small groups of up to 12, looking for food. Habitat is thorny bush or tree veld. It a mainly white bird with black wings and tail and has orange eyes. Size is 26cm. (Witkatlagter - Turdoides bicolor)

Friday, 17 May 2013


Leopard, on the lookout.
I hope you enjoy this leopard as they are extremely shy so one doesn't see them all that often. Some interesting facts are: Leopard reach a height of 70-80cm, weight of 20-90kg males and 17-60kg females. They're large cats and yellow-ish fur is marked with rosettes. They will eat insects, small animals, birds and sometimes larger antelope. It will sometimes catch more than it can eat at the time and will then store the left overs under rocks or bushes. They will eat rotten carcasses. (Luiperd - Pathera Pardus)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk
The (Southern) Pale Chanting Goshawk is a bird of prey. They become 56-65cm. The adults have grey upper parts and a white rump. They have red eyes, mostly red bills and long red legs. They eat large insects, small mammals and birds and lizards. (Bleeksingvalk - Melierax canorus)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove lying outside
The Laughing Dove can be distinguished by it's pinkish head, cinnamon, black speckled chest and rust brown back. Becomes 25cm. (Rooiborsduifie - Spilopelia senegalensis)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Three-banded Plover

Three-banded Plover
The Three-banded Plover can be distinguished by it's red eye rings and two black stripes on it's neck. Can be found one-one or in pairs close by water. (Driebandstrandkiewiet - Charadrius tricollaris)

Monday, 29 April 2013

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater is small bee eating bird with a swallow tail. It has a blue collar and yellow throat. Can be found at various tree habitats and the Kalahari sand areas. Becomes 20-22cm.
(Swaelstertbyvreter - Merops hirundineus)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Acacia Pied Barbet

Acacia Pied Barbet
The Acacia Pied Barbet is a smallish bird of 17-18cm. It has a red forehead and a white underside. It's head is black-and-white striped and yellow colouring above the eyes. Can be found one-one or in pairs in semi arid savannah. Similar in manner to a woodpecker, the Acacia Pied Barbet drills holes into dead wood in order to create cavity nests. (Bonthoutkapper - Tricolaema leucomelas)