Tag Archive: Sun International

Kite Spider

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.

Kite Spider

Red Wing Starling

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.

Red Wing Starling