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  • Bugle Lily
    on Sep 23, 2011
    The Bugle Lily or Watsonia is a genus of plants in the iris family, subfamily Crocoideae, native to South Africa. The genus is named after Sir William Watson, an 18th century British botanist. There are 52 species in southern Africa; all are perennia...
  • South African Scorpion
    on Sep 19, 2011
    Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve...
  • Karoo Flat Gecko
    on Sep 18, 2011
    The Karoo Flat gecko or Afroedura Karroica has a flat head and large copper coloured eyes. The body is covered in a soft granular skin which is a tannish colour with dark blotches. The belly is cream in color. The female will lay teo eggs, but a com...
  • Sunset Silhouette
    on Sep 16, 2011
    If you want to have a really relaxing holiday or just go away for the weekend for a bit of piece and quiet. Koffylaagte is the place for this. A place with good food, good company and lots of game to view. This is where you will find a sunset this b...
  • Cape Weaver Building a Nest
    on Sep 12, 2011
    The Cape Weaver, Ploceus capensis is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. It breeds in trees and reedbeds. This one was in a fever tree...
  • Malachite Sunbird
    on Sep 7, 2011
    The Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia famosa is a small nectivorous bird found in the southern part of the Southern African region. The sunbirds are a group of small birds, and are placed within the family Nectariniidae, which is found across Africa, the...
  • Curious Green Jumping Spider
    on Sep 3, 2011
    This curious jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida. There are more than 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp, they can se...
  • Little Egret
    on Aug 29, 2011
    The Little Egret is a small, slender egret with a black bill, black legs and yellow toes. The bill is more slender and slightly shorter than that of a Western Reef Heron. The Little Egret is a common resident to wetlands, estuaries and along the coas...
  • Tropical House Gecko
    on Aug 27, 2011
    The Tropical House Gecko, Afro-American house gecko or Cosmopolitan house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) is a species of house gecko native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is also currently found in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, where i...
  • Honey Bee
    on Aug 20, 2011
    Honey bees come from the family Apidae and its scientific name is Apis Mellifera. Honey bees range in sizes from around 13mm to 15mm in length. They are truely social insects and have a division of labour amoungst themselves. Their nests (hives) are...
  • Common Dotted Border Butterfly
    on Aug 19, 2011
    The Common Dotted Border Butterfly or Mylothris Agathina Agathina can be found in most of South Africa. It is a butterfly of the Pieridae family It is common along the coastal forests and in wooded country areas. Its habitats are forest edges, parks,...
  • Schoenmakers Kop Panaramic View
    on Aug 13, 2011
    A view from Periwinkle Lane in Schoenmakers Kop, Port Elizabeth. Decided to try some stitching software and make a panaramic photo.
  • Golden Lynx Spider
    on Aug 9, 2011
    From the family Oxyopidae, the Golden Lynx spiders may be immediately recognised by their spines standing out at right angles to their legs. They live on bushes and plants, low vegetation, on or under the grass, or on flowers and leaves. Their size r...
  • Hadeda Ibis
    on Aug 5, 2011
    A really dull, drab, grey-brown bird, but at close range reveals glossy bronzy green colours. The Hadeda Ibis has a long, dark decurved bill which has a red ridge on the upper mandible. You will find these Hadedas in forest clearings, woodlands, open...
  • Clown Fish
    on Jul 25, 2011
    The False Clown's other common names are Common Clownfish, False Clown Anemonefish, False Anemonefish, and, the much more familiar, Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo in which Marlin was correctly shown as being immune to the sting of a sea anemone. Li...
  • Billabong Pro 2011 Surfer
    on Jul 24, 2011
    I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go and take some surfing photos at the Billabong Pro 2011 surfing event. This is my first of such photos and will be trying different types in the future. The man in the photo is Australia's Mick Fan...
  • Cape Bulbul
    on Jul 20, 2011
    This Cape Bulbul - Pycnonotus capensis is found in the coastal bush and fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape. The colouration of the bulbul is a dull, blackish brown - the colour extending further down the underparts than in the related Red-eyed a...
  • Female Scarlet Chested Sunbird
    on Jul 17, 2011
    The male Scarlet Chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra Senegalensis) is easily identified by its mainly black body and scarlet breast, its green crown and throat. The female is dark greyish-olive in colour. Its breast is more darker and mottled than the Ameth...
  • Black Headed Oriole
    on Jul 14, 2011
    The Black-headed Oriole or Oriolus larvatus is an African bird. Its a beautiful bird with a bright yellow body, black head and pinkish coloured beak. It lives mostly in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia in the north to South Africa in the so...
  • Spotted Thick Knee
    on Jul 9, 2011
    The Spotted Thick-knee is commonly known as the Dikkop in South Africa. It's scientific name is Burhinus Capensis. It is a common resident in any open country area, including parks and fields. They are often found in pairs and are masters of camoufla...
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