Thursday, April 30, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Although animals mix freely at waterholes, elephants dominate and will chase others away.
Young elephants have a lot of fun running after warthogs which run away with tails in the air. :)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
A smallish butterfly with a wingspan of 28-35mm in the males who are larger than females.
They are found throughout the year.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Family PelomedusidaeThis is the largest of our fresh water terrapins with the females being bigger than the males and can weigh up to 7kg.
Musk glands are located on the soft skin which exude a foul smelling substance when they are stressed.
They breed throughout the summer and lay between 8 and 48 soft-shelled eggs in a clutch and two clutches per year.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
What luck! Taking a walk on the beach and looking into the rock pools, I found this Marbled Electric Ray (Torpedo sinuspersici) swimming in it. It is about 30cm in length from nose to tail tip. As it kept on burying itself in the sand it was difficult to take a picture of so I caught it in a bucket, took the pics, then let it go again.
An extract from Wikipedia:
“Little is known about them. It is a sluggish predator of bony fishes. At night it actively hunts for food, sculling slowly through the water about a meter above the bottom; during the day it usually rests on the bottom and opportunistically ambushes unwary prey. It uses its broad pectoral fins to envelop the target fish before delivering an electric shock to stun it. Usually solitary, they may form groups during the mating season. It measures up to 130 cm long, although most are less than 100 cm. The angling record from South Africa is 13 kg.Reproduction is aplacental viviparous, with the developing embryos initially surviving on their yolk sacs, and then on enriched uterine fluid produced by the mother. Litters of 9-22 young are birthed in the summer. Newborns measure about 10 cm wide; males mature at a disc width of 39 cm and females at 45 cm.”