For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
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.

Videos: YouTube

Friday, October 31, 2014

Elephant baby

This was quite funny!! The baby would stop and put its trunk on the ground ...
walk a few steps ....
and do it again. LOL!! Was he resting its trunk because it was too heavy? :)

Info: Unique Facts about Wildlife in South Africa (Joan Young)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Leopard can be so hard to spot!! 
 Most of the time it is just a tail disappearing into the bush.

 But if you are lucky and have the paatients, you might see them reappear in the open.

Info: Unique Facts about Wildlife in South Africa (Joan Young)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Samango Monkey

These monkeys are almost impossible to get pictures of as they are always in the trees. 
 These are two VERY long shots I took of one which at least give a sort-of idea what they look like. They are found along the eastern coast and are about twice the size of Vervet Monkeys.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Southern Rock Agama female (Agama atra)

Family Agamidae
They blend in so well that unless they move, you can walk right past without noticing it.
They are about 25cm in total length and are insect eaters. Found in arid regions.
Very dirrerent in colouration to the male. (Click on link)

Cat's Eyed Emperor (Aurivillius arata)

Family Saturniidae

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giant Eagle Owl

Very early one morning I came across this beautiful owl.
Being dark, I had to use my flach which gave it red eyes. For the first time I used the Red Eye Removal in my processing package and it worked pretty well.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Green and brown fly

An unknown fly species but it is so coloursful I thought I would post it. 
 It reminds me of those after-dinner mints, :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Large Cockroach - Blattodea

This must be the largest cockroach I have ever seen, around 3cm in length.
 Found in Tsitsikamma region.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Very often Nyala are confused with Kudu and Bushbuck, although the Kudu is much larger when fully grown and the Bushbuck only slightly bigger than the Nyala.

The male has a distinctive white chevron between his eyes and up to seven white vertical stripes on each side of his body, while the female has about nine.
Like most other antelope species, only the males have horns. They are lyre-shaped and the longest horns that have been recorded were 83.5 centimetres.
Their gestation period is about seven months after which a single calf is born.
Info: Unique Facts about Wildlife in South Africa (Joan Young)