Archive for April 2011

Black & White Friday!

29/04/2011

Good afternoon everyone… I love interactions between animals. Here a Black-backed Jackal confronts a Lappet-faced Vulture. The standoff wasn’t very long, after about 10 seconds the jackal ran away, after the vulture opened its wings and looked very intimidating! Lappet-faced Vultures, perhaps more than any other vulture, will on occasion attack young and weak living animals […]

Starry starry night!

28/04/2011

Good morning everyone… The last couple of days was very very cold and feels like the winter has arrived a bit early! This morning was 4ºC and yesterday 3ºC. Hopefully it would warm up a little in the next couple of days! My vehicle don’t have windows and it feels like the wind is blowing through […]

Serendipity!

27/04/2011

Good afternoon everyone… I bumped into this kingfisher at Samevloeiing waterhole. Its been raining a lot and there are pools of water everywhere. The Fork-tailed Drongos did not enjoy him at all, and were bomb-dropping him the whole time! This is a small kingfisher, 13 cm in length. The bill is black in young birds and […]

Teenager!

26/04/2011

Good morning everyone… Hope you all had a great Easter weekend. Things are getting cold up here in the kalahari, and the animals are normally less active when so cold. Birdlife on the other hand is always good! Here i share with you a juvenile Bateleur. The Bateleur is a colourful species with a very short […]

Secretary-bird vs Bug vs Fork-Tailed Drongo!!

21/04/2011

Good morning everyone…Yesterday I drove up to Kij Kij and what was a very quiet and rainy morning turned out to be quite interesting! A Secreray Bird and Drongo was chasing after the same “flying bug/dragon fly”. The Drongo won the battle! You can see the dragonfly exactly in the middle of the two birds. […]

Ostrich sunset!

20/04/2011

Goodmorning everyone… Continuing with the birds today, i share with you the biggest one in the world, the ostrich! It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 kilometres per hour , the top land speed of any bird. The diet of the Ostrich […]

Juvenile Martial!

19/04/2011

Good morning everyone… its birdtime again! Today i share with you one of the biggest birds of prey in the kalahri, the Martial Eagle! These eagles can kill other birds up to the size of a stork, but it more often chooses medium-sized ground-dwelling species such as bustards. In some areas mammals constitute the greater part […]

Scentmarking…!

18/04/2011

Goodmorning everyone!… Im back on the leopards and they are looking as healthy as ever! Here i found the cub of the south scentmarking in her mothers territory, she is about 15 months old and just left her mother, young leopards leave their mothers to find and settle in their own territories or home ranges. Juveniles begin […]

Black & White Friday!

15/04/2011

Good afternoon everyone… This is one of the young males of Samevloeiing and in pursuit of  prey! I’ve seen these lions hunt the last couple of months without great success! They still have to fine tune their hunting skills. Its great fun watching them though! Young lions first display stalking behaviour around three months of age, […]

The heat is on!

14/04/2011

Good afternoon everyone… After the death of Murtu, one of the last big pride males, there is only one big male left in the south. His name is Mufasa and is in the Rooiputs area. Three pride-males died the last 12 months in the south, so there is competition among the younger males, and things […]