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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kgalagadi dunes

The dunes in the Kgalagadi are fascinating.
The region is semi-desert and both red and white dunes are found there with minimal vegetation growing on them.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sharpe's Grysbok

This is one of our smaled species of busk standing at about 50cm in height.
It is very shy and seldom seeing, seeking very thick vegetation and when you get near, it disappears into it. This one was very sweet and posed for me for about 5 minutes before taking off.

He mainly eats the leaves and young shoots of shrubs and bushes as well as grass shoots, fruit and flowers. They are mainly found in our northern regions.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Flattened Giant Dung Beetle (Pachylomerus femoralis)

Family Scarabaeidae
This has to be the largest Dung Beetle I have ever seen with a body length of about 5-6cm.
During a visit to St. Lucia wetlands in February, there were hundreds of them flying around.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blue WIldebeest

It seems to me that the colours of their faces change with age but no-one seems to be able to tell me if this is related or if maybe it indicated a difference between the sexes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Giraffe kiss

Pilansberg National Park puts out saltlicks for their animals.
Amongest them were these two giraffe, a large male and smaller female.

 It seemed as if they were kissing although that is not possible but maybe she was licking off the saltiness from his mouth? What do you think?
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kelp Gull

During a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park, I cam across this seagull who was picking up pieces of weeds on the side of the swimming pool on the beach, then walking over to dunk it in the water. Maybe he was kidding himself that the saltiness was turning it into seaweed? LOL!!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tropic of Capricorn

The Tropic of Capricorn runs through Kruger National Park between Mopani and Shingwetsi Camps.

Monday, July 7, 2014

African WIldcat (Felis lybica griselda)

I was lucky to see this Wildcat early enough in the evening in order to get some great shots of it. As they are nocturnal, it is usually too dark and one does not get close enough to use a flash.
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Portia Widow (Palpopleura portia)

Family Libellulidae
A large and very distinctive dragonfly.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rhino Beetle

There are many beetle with horns and all are referred to as Rhino Beetles. The last picture is of the actual Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes boas) which is of medium size, brown and has a longish body. The other three shown here are: Dung Beetle (Copris elphener), Nursing Dung Beetle (Copris mesacanthus) and Trident Dung Beetle (Heliocopis neptunus)