Monthly Archive: October 2011

Colourful Lilians Lovebird

The Lilians Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae), also known as Nyasa Lovebird, is a small African parrot species of the lovebird genus. It is mainly green and has orange on its upper chest and head. It is 13 cm (5 inches) long and is the smallest parrot on mainland Africa. In captivity it is uncommon and difficult to breed. It is also broadly similar to the Peach-faced Lovebird, which has more clearly demarcated orange colouration, and lacks a white eyering. Lilians Lovebird feeds on grass seeds, flowers, seeds and fruit. The Breeding season for Lilians Lovebirds is from January to March and in June and July. They make a roofed nest in tree crevices. In captivity the clutch consists of three to eight white eggs, which are incubated for about 22 days, and the chicks leave the nest after about 44 days from hatching. This photo was taken at Cape St. Francis Resort in Cape St. Francis located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

Lillians Love Bird

Collection of Landscape and HDR Photos

This is a collection of landscape and HDR photos from a local Port Elizabeth photographer, Hendrik Frier. I will be adding more pictures to the set as I get them in. Hope you enjoy them. Here is a photo of Hogsback in the snow to start off with.

Hogsback HDR

Despatch Railway

Despatch Railways

Just Married Building

Just Married Building HDR

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway to Heaven HDR

Fishermen at New Brighten pier in Port Elizabeth doing their Sunday morning fishing.


Photograph of a wall at the old ice rink in Port Elizabeth showing that religion can be found in all places.

Religion Everywhere

Happy man in a sad place.
A colourful wall at the old ice rink in Port Elizabeth.

Happy Man in a Sad Place

Mygalomorph Spider

Mygalomorph spiders are from a group including more than 2,600 described species, classified into over 300 genera and 15 families. Mygalomorphs include tarantulas (also called baboon spiders) and trapdoor spiders, but many other distinctive taxonomic groups exist. Most Mygalomorphs are relatively large, long-lived (15 to 30 years), ground dwelling spiders – the largest spiders in the world are in fact mygalomorphs. They have very long spinnerets and make messy silky webs. This particular spider is a diplurid, a sheet web spider and the genus is Allothele. She was found hiding under a rock at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Mygalomorph Spider

Directions to Koffylaagte

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Orange Breasted Sunbird

The Orange-breasted Sunbird, Anthobaphes violacea, in this case the female, is the only member of the bird genus Anthobaphes although it is sometimes placed in the genus Nectarinia. This sunbird is endemic to the fynbos habitat of southern South Africa, but also occurs in parks and gardens. As with other sunbirds the bill is long and decurved, that of the male being longer than that of the female. The bill, legs and feet are black. The eye is dark brown. The head, throat and mantle of the male are bright metallic green. The rest of the upperparts are olive green. The upper breast is metallic violet and the lower breast is bright orange, fading to paler orange and yellow on the belly. The tail is long and blackish, with elongated central tail feathers, which extend some way, belong the other feathers. The female has olive-greenish grey upperparts and olive yellowish underparts, paler on the belly. The wings and tail is blackish. The juvenile resembles the female. The call is a twangy, weak ssharaynk or sskrang, often repeated several times. The Orange-breasted Sunbird subsists on flower nectar, insects and spiders. It breeds typically in May. The male defends its territory aggressively, attacking and chasing intruders. This photo was taken in Schoemakers Kop outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Orange Breasted Sunbird

Euphorbia Millii Splendens

Also known as the Christ Thorn or the Crown of Thorns, the Euphorbia Millii Spendens is a slow growing shrub with very spiny branches. The branches are a silvery grey color with brilliant red flowers which come out mainly in the winter. It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems. The straight, slender spines can grow up to 3 cm long. The sap from this plant is also moderately poisonous. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Reunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821

Euphorbia Millii Splendens