Monday, March 3, 2014
As promised to some guests during my last tour - I'm posting photos today which were taken during our game drive in open safari vehicles in the Kruger National park.
Just as the photo above - another endearing mother-&-child moment.
What looks like long earrings are in fact (red-billed) oxpeckers assisting an impala with the grooming process.
A young warthog looking surprised??
And then there was the "find of the day" - a lazy cat on a branch right next to the road.
A look at it from the other side . . .
. . . before this deceptively docile leopard opened its eyes.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 6:05 AM
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hello - what have we here?
"Here's looking at you," said the driver of the lorry - OR the baboon to the driver?
King of the Road
"Knock, knock" - an ox-pecker (bird) requesting entry (into a white rhino's ear).
"Hello - have we met before?"
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 11:54 PM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
. . . or these impala antelopes . . .
. . . also a male buffalo . . .
. . . as well as a Crowned hornbill . . .
. . . and this Cape eagle-owl chick (1 of 2 in the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden this year).
Looks as if this mother-baboon & her little one (at Cape Point/Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve) are stunned by this?? :)
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 6:23 AM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
At this time of the year nature is at its most extravagant in the southern hemisphere - as this magnificent floral arrangement of 1 of many pincushion protea displays . . .
. . . or these pelargornium with their array of colour . . .
. . . as well as these erica highlighted by the afternoon sun.
Last but not least - another species of the pincushion protea family presently on natural display in the Cape Floral region.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 9:35 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Although the weather was disappointingly "somber" during the last tour through our beautiful country, it didn't stop the birds from "coming out to play" & to reveal their fine plumage - like this Giant kingfisher . . .
. . . or this Burchell's coucal also known as the 'rainbird' because of its typically mellow hooting voice during or after rain.
A special treat was this preening Black-bellied korhaan . . .
. . . as was spotting this Orange-throated longclaw.
Always a favourite in the plumage "department" is this Greater Double-Collard sunbird . . .
. . . whereas the larger sized Helmeted guineafowl usually occur in flocks.
Although an Olive thrush is quite a common resident amongst the South African Birds, its plumage generally tends to be more dull than this specimen . . .
. . . and whereas the plumage of a Hartlaub's gull isn't as colourful as those of the ones above, this bird nonetheless is posing quite impressively.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 6:48 AM
Monday, October 14, 2013
There is this cute little baboon in the Kruger National Park . . .
. . . which nibbled on a dry leaf whilst its mother was busy grooming the troop's alpha male . . .
. . . when it appeared as if the little one started to copy its mother's movements . . .
. . . before it moved up and over to have a closer look at what was going on.
In response the female turned to glance at the little intruder in a more proudly encouraging than disapproving way . . .
Clever trick OR natural selection??
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 3:18 AM
Saturday, September 21, 2013
When on safari in the African bush (in this case in the Kruger National Park) being alert is part of life - as these 2 Impala antelopes demonstrate.
However certain sightings can be deceiving - especially if obscured by tall grass - is what we see a so-called camelopardalis?
Sticking out it's tongue after lifting it's head - confirming that it is indeed a Giraffa camelopardalis, which refers to a giraffe's camel-like as well as leopard-like appearance.
At first glance some of the visitors in the open safari vehicle (driving through the Kruger National Park) thought a leopard was "joining" us - however it was a female cheetah . . .
. . . with some very cute youngsters in her wake.
On the prowl was a "mean"- looking spotted hyena . . .
. . . although when lying relaxed on a sandbank one can't help comparing otherwise sinister hyenas with domestic dogs - although strangely the name 'hyena' is derived from the Greek word for 'pig' (probably referring to its eating habits!?)
Last but not least - a lion is usually on the "wishlist" of most visitors on an African safari - in this case a young male guarding its prey: an old buffalo.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 5:35 AM