Monthly Archive: September 2011

Tree in the Sunset

A lovely sunset taken at Koffylaagte Game Lodge while having a weekend holiday there. If you get a chance, go and visit, its great for a bit of relaxation.
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Koffylaagte Sunset

Yet another beautiful Sunset.

Koffylaagte Sunset

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Bugle Lily

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 perennial herbs growing from corms and producing erect spikes of showy flowers, and are adapted to a Mediterranean-type climate. The most common species in cultivation is the pink-flowered Watsonia borbonica and its white mutant Arderne’s White. These were crossed with Watsonia meriana and other species in the early 20th century by breeders including John Cronin in Australia and Luther Burbank in California to produce a wide range of cultivars. Watsonia has been eclipsed in popularity by Gladiolus and other bulbs, and is now neglected by the nursery industry. Native to South Africa, wild Watsonia was introduced as a garden ornamental to Australia in 1907 and was widespread by the 1940s. In the South-West of Western Australia, six species have become naturalised from garden escapes along rivers, wetlands and seasonally wet ground. Watsonia meriana is also a weed in New Zealand, Reunion and Mauritius. These pictures were taken at van Stadens Nature Reserve outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Bugle Lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle Lily

Bugle Lily

South African Scorpion

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 over the back, ending with a venomous sting. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 21 cm. Scorpions are found all over the world, except Antarctica. Scorpions number about 1752 described species.
Though the scorpion has a fearsome reputation as venomous, only about 25 species have venom capable of killing a human being. This picture was shot at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Scorpion

Another Angle of the same scorpion

Scorpion

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Karoo Flat Gecko

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 two eggs, but a communal nest may contain hundreds. They live mainly under rocks in mountains and grasslands of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This picture was shot at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Karoo Gecko

Another view of the same gecko

Karoo Gecko

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Sunset Silhouette

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 beautiful. For more information visit Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Sunset

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Cape Weaver Building a Nest

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. The Cape Weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch or reed. The Hadada Ibis will sometimes nest in the weaver colonies. The Cape Weaver feeds on a wide variety of seeds, grain and insects. The Cape Weaver is a stocky 17 cm long bird with streaked olive-brown upperparts and a long pointed conical bill. The breeding male has a yellow head and underparts, an orange face, and a white iris. The adult female has an olive-yellow head and breast, shading to pale yellow on the lower belly. Her eyes are brown. Young birds are similar to the female. This photo was shot at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Cape Weaver

This one was photoed at Addo Elephant Park

Cape Weaver

Another Cape Weaver photoed at Addo Elephant Park

Cape Weaver

 

Malachite Sunbird

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 Middle East and into South-east Asia. The breeding male Malachite Sunbird, which has very long central tail feathers, is 25cm long, and the shorter-tailed female 15 cm. The adult male is metallic green when breeding, with blackish green wings with small yellow pectoral patches. In non-breeding plumage, the males upperparts are brown apart from the green wings and tail, the latter retaining the elongated feathers. The underparts in are yellow, flecked with green. The female has brown upperparts and dull yellow underparts with some indistinct streaking on the breast. Her tail is square-ended. The juvenile resembles the female. This large sunbird is found in hilly fynbos (including protea stands as well as areas with aloes) and cool montane and coastal scrub. It also occurs in parks and gardens. It is resident, but may move downhill in winter. This species, like most sunbirds, feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects. This Malachite Sunbirds photo was taken at Schoenmakers Kop outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Malachite Sunbird

Curious Green Jumping Spider

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 see things clearly from as far away as 20 times the length of the spiders body.
All jumpers have eight eyes, and two of the eyes are huge in Comparison. Jumpers have superb vision which is better than any other kind of spider. With its eight eyes they can see in almost every direction at once. This particular spider I shot in my back yard. Each time I got close the spider, it jumped onto my lens, leaving a trail of web all over the camera.

Green Jumping Spider

Another angle of the same spider looking up to where it was going to jump.

Green Jumping Spider