03.03.2017: In February 2017 after recent rains we saw a group of male African Giant Bull Frogs, Pyxicephalus adspersus, establishing territories before the arrival of females. Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia. What a special sight and what a sound!
5.12.2016: Yesterday we were delighted to see the yellow flowers on our sweet thorn (Vachellia karroo) in the garden. Today we observed massed CMR Bean Beetles (Mylabris oculata) demolish all flowers within 4 hours! Now no flowers are left. These beetles usually come and feed on the yellow Sweet Thorn flowers, or pumpkin flowers ... but we have never seen them in these staggering numbers.
The Nieuwoudtville District is well known for its impressive displays of spring flowers. The incredible wealth of bulbous plants, in particular, has made it world famous. This video is a visual feast and portrays the challenges faced in the conservation of this environmental treasure. The farm Glenlyon lies at the edge of the village of Nieuwoudtville. The previous owner Neil MacGregor shares his love for this environment. Part 1 is a virtual tour of the farm Glenlyon, part 2 contains a wild flower identification key for the area.
The farm 'Queeckvalleij', established during the 18th century, was to develop into the Great Karoo village of Prince Albert. It was a halfway house for many famous traveler-naturalists, including Robert Jacob Gordon. This is a short visual summary of Prince Albert's history. Produced in 2002 with Peter Schneekluth.
A female burrowing scorpion - Opistophthalmus sp. - with her young 4 days after they hatched, and again 13 days later after the first sloughing of the young. Loxton, Northern Cape, 2000.
Groups of feral horses roam near Aus in the Pro-Namib, it is amazing that they survived there and it is a pleasure to watch them. But there is controversy around their (and other feral horse populations') future. Also read our recent blog on this topic.
A long-proboscid fly - Prosoeca peringueyi (Diptera: Nemestrinidae)- drinking nectar from several Lapeirousia oreogena flowers. 2001 near Nieuwoudtville, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa.
A horse botfly, Gasterophilus intestinalis, female searching for a suitable place along a horse's neck and leg and finally laying one egg. 2001, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Common Warthog, Addo Elephant NP:
Two warthog boars (Phacochoerus africanus) fighting in Greater Addo Elephant National Park, June 2014
Black-backed Jackal, Kgalagadi TFP:
Several different behaviours of black-backed jackal in and around waterholes and kills, February 2016
February 2016, Kgalagadi TFPark:
A group of 11 secretarybirds congregated around the waterhole. The dominant male saw a rival off with this vocalization.
A Lesser Flamingo, resting on its journey, at a waterhole in Kgalagadi TFP, meets a very confused Bateleur. The eagle was not at all sure what this long-legged creature was and backed off in confusion. Meal, or not?
Dung beetles fighting over a dung ball, the winner perfecting it and rolling it away. Kasanka National Park, Zambia, December 2000.
African Elephant, Loxodonta africana, at the waterhole at Punda Maria rest camp, Kruger National Park, August 2015.
Saadani NP, Tanzania, July 2015:
Whistling thorn (Vachellia drepanolobium) with resident ants (Crematogaster sp). The galls are the ants' nests, when the wind blows the holes in the galls produce a 'whistle'.
Katavi NP, Tanzania, August 2015:
More or less 80 hippo are squeezed into a fresh water fed mud hole. At night they all move out to feed, there is territorial conflict. Listen to the vocalization as well in a previous clip (further down on this page).
July 2015, Udzungwa Mountain NP, Tanzania. Following a group of Sanje Mangabey, Cercocebus sanjei, a species of primate only described recently.
A group of banded mongoose, Mungos mungo, foraging near the Ruaha River, Ruaha NP, Tanzania, July 2015
Katavi National Park, Tanzania
Unusual vocalization of 2 hippo bulls during territorial conflict, August 2015.
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. June 2013.
Early morning mist slowly burns up, the dew glitters on the grass, larks are singing. In contrast the massive bison bulls. (Plains bison, Bison bison bison)
This footage was taken during 2000 and 2001, although some work has been done on the movements of Eidolon helvum a lot is still unclear now. Most recent research has shown that these bats do not only migrate for hundreds of kilometres but up to 2000 kilometres and possibly more. One of the greatest migrations on earth.
Rock Martin - Hirundo fuligula - Felsenschwalbe:
Feeding three young at nest, November 2014, Karoo National Park, South Africa
November 2014, Karoo National Park, South Africa:
Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron spirifex) preparing nest chambers.