The Dark Capped Bulbul – Pycnonotus Tricolor is the most common bulbul in the eastern area’s of South Africa. It is different from the African Red Eye and Cape Bulbuls by its black (not red or white) eye ring. Their habitats range from savanna to forests and gardens. The females will lay 2-3 eggs at a time. Their main diet includes; fruit, seeds, flowers, nectar, insects and spiders. Extracts taken out of Sasols’ Complete Photographic Field Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
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This Kite Spider – Gasteracantha falcicornis’ photo was taken in the bushes around the Fish River Resort outside Port Alfred. It is one of the more commonly found kite spiders. Their abdomens are shiny, very colourful and hard and have a number of spiny projections. Their sizes range from around 5mm to 15mm with the female being much larger than the male. They spin the common round orb web and wait in the center for their pray.
This Red Wing Starlings’ picture was taken at Fish River Villas near Mpekweni. Its technical name is Onychognathus Morio. Its main habitats are rocky ravines and cliffs. These birds tend to be very aggressive and won’t think twice about attacking humans. If you have them in your roof, you may expect a lot of noise, droppings, and most distressingly, lice. Many birds carry lice but, the starling is the greatest culprit.
These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males are typically red bodied with red leading wings. Their food mainly consists of passing insects.
From the order Mantodea, these insects are normally large and predatory. They are easily recognized by their spiny fore legs,the triangle shaped head and their posture which makes them look like they are praying. This one is a baby and one can’t really tell what particular mantis it is going to turn into. This particular baby was about 4mm in length.