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
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Only in Africa . . . can you drive through a National Game Reserve and expect to see the BIG 5 - crossing the road/walking next to your vehicle/appearing tame but actually being (completely) wild!!!
NO Zebra-Crossing but instead yet another 1 of the (famous) BIG 5 "blocking" traffic - which can only happen in Africa.
Take a good look through the window of your vehicle - yes, that's another 1 of the BIG 5 grazing peacefully right next to the road.
Number 4 of the BIG 5 - what a pleasure if you can find all of them on 1 day whilst driving leisurely through a park.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 12:12 AM
Saturday, June 29, 2013
"Use of pool for residents only"!!
Swimming at own Risk
When in her element the female ignores the male . . .
. . . the male's ego has suffered so . . . time to flex his muscles - perhaps that will catch the female's attention?
In the mean time . . . at a hotel at another place . . .
. . . after "testing the water" both parents declare that the pool is safe for swimming . . .
. . . so now they have "all the ducks in a row" ;)
Sorry, was meant to say: all the little Egyptian geese in a row.
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 4:25 AM
Friday, June 21, 2013
I posed the Question - Who's your Daddy?
Answer - (perhaps) ET ??
So here are: the many faces of .......
A caterpillar that looks like ...... a monster ??
That looks like ..... a crocodile ??
That looks like ..... a seahorse ??
That looks like ..... an elephant ??
Yes, certainly looks like an elephant but .......
......... when it does "grow up" it turns into a Hawk-Moth!!!!!!!!!
A weird & wonderful creature - had fun photographing it :)
Posted by Angelika's World in Photos at 10:33 AM