Sunday, 31 March 2013

Star and moon trail

Startrail when the moon also came up
This startrail of over 4 hours was taken one evening when it was pitch black outside. About halfway through the moon came up and that is what looks like a rocket in the photo. It also lit up the foreground.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Black-bellied Korhaan

Black-bellied Korhaan
The Black-bellied Korhaan (Bustard) has a patterned neck and back with black underparts. It's bill and long legs are dull yellow. They prefer areas with high rainfall and are found in woodlands and tall open grassland in Southern (sub-sahara) Africa. They become 58-65cm. (Langbeenkorhaan - Lissotis melanogaster)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Red Hartebeest

Red Hartebeest
Red Hartebeest is large African antelope. Males weight around 150kg. They live up to 19 years. They have excellent sense of smell and hearing, but eye sight is poor. They can run up to 55km/h and will run in a zigzag pattern to make it difficult for predators to catch them. They can be found in Southern Africa. Their habitat is open savanna grass and tree fields.

Red Hartebeest are grass feeders. Drinking water is not a necessity. They will only need drinking water when melons and tubers are inaccessible. Red Hartebeest is related to the tsessebe and the topi. (Rooihartbees - Alcelaphus buselaphus)

Baby Red Hartebeests

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
The Wood Sandpiper has a speckled back and brows that stretches behind the eyes. It has long yellowish legs and a short, straight beak. They breed in wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia and migrate to Africa, Asia, India, and Australia. They eat mainly insects. (Bosruiter - Tringa glareola)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard
The Kori Bustard is found throughout Southern Africa. It is quite a large bird and is mostly grey and brown in colour with a white chest. It has a large head and yellow legs. They weigh about 13+ kg and become 135cm. As Kori Bustards are large birds, they spend most of their time on the ground and avoid flying if possible. Kori Bustards are omnivores and will eat insects, lizards, chameleons, snakes, seeds, berries, roots, bulbs, flowers, wild melons and green leaves. (Gompou - Ardeotis kori)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Friday, 15 March 2013

Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing
A Blacksmith Lapwing has a black and white head and body with grey wings. They can be found one - one or in pairs inland where there's water, like wetlands, dams and rivers. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates. They become 30cm. (Bontkiewiet - Vanellus armatus)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Sprinbok fight

Springbok fighting
Until one wins and chases the other one away

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Monday, 11 March 2013

Blue Crane

Blue Crane
The Blue Crane is the national bird of South Africa. It is threatened by extinction and listed as vulnerable. The majority of the remaining population is in eastern and southern South Africa and in Northern Namibia.
It is a tall bird, 100-120cm and weighs 3.5-6.2kg. It's colour is mostly pale grey with lighter feathers on top of it's head. Blue Cranes prefer dry grassy uplands as their habitat and areas where disturbance by humans is relatively low. They feed from the ground and most of their diet is comprised by grasses and sedges. They will also eat insects like grasshoppers as well as snails, crabs and frogs. (Bloukraanvoƫl - Anthropoides paradises)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Grey Go-away bird

Grey Go-away Bird
Also known as the Grey Lourie, the Grey Go-Away bird is a grey bird with a strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, often near water. They are clumsy fliers although very agile in clambering through tree crowns. They are quite noisy. They eat mainly fruit, like berries or wild figs and will also eat flowers, leaves, termites and snails. (Kwevoel - Corythaixoides concolor)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Martial Eagle with catch

Martial Eagle with it's catch (a Marsh Terrapin)
The Martial Eagle is the largest eagle in Africa and has a weight around 3-6.2kg. Become 78-96cm. It has dark brown feathers on it's wings and head. On it's chest and legs is white feathers with dark brown speckles. It's an apex predator, being at the top of the avian food chain in its environment and provided it's in good health, has no natural predators. They will eat birds, reptiles, snakes and medium-sized ground-dwelling species such as guineafowl. It's conservation status is near threatened. (Breekoparend - Polemaetus bellicosus)

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Helmeted Guineafowl

The Helmeted Guineafowl is a large bird of 53–58cm. They weigh around 1.3 kg. The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white spots. It's head is blue and red. They eat a variety of animal and plant food like fruit, greens, spiders, insects, seeds, snails, worms and frogs, lizards, small snakes and small mammals. (Tarentaal - Numida meleagris)

Monday, 4 March 2013

Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork
The Marabou Stork is a large bird with a bald head and a pink gular sac at its throat. The Marabou flies with it neck pulled in by the shoulders, unlike other storks. They can be found in small groups and also large swarms and mix with vultures at carcasses and garbage dumps. Become 152cm and weigh around 9kg.  (Maraboe - Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Blue Gum pathway

HDR image of the sun's last rays shining through the Blue Gum trees

Friday, 1 March 2013

Banded Mongoose

Banded Mongoose
The Banded Mongoose is a small grey brown animal with 10-12 dark brown stripes on it's back. Length 50-65cm, Weight 1-1.6kg. They can be found at the Northern and Eastern parts of Southern Africa. They have a wide range of habitats, but will not be found in deserts or rain forests. Banded Mongooses will eat insects, reptiles, bait and birds. (Gebande Muishond - Mungos mungo)

Standing upright