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King Protea Protea cynaroides

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rmedina

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August 19, 2009 11:18 AM EDT

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Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio

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rmedina

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August 28, 2009 09:29 AM EDT

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Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis

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rmedina

Date

August 28, 2009 09:41 AM EDT

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Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

Observer

kylecmsmith

Date

October 14, 2014

Description

Seen in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as we descended from Table Mountain

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White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis

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kylecmsmith

Date

October 14, 2014

Description

Seen while hiking up Table Mountain

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Perching Birds Order Passeriformes

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kylecmsmith

Date

October 14, 2014

Description

Seen while hiking up Table Mountain

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus

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rmedina

Date

August 19, 2009 11:05 AM EDT

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Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer

Observer

rmedina

Date

August 19, 2009 11:06 AM EDT

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African Spoonbill Platalea alba

Observer

hkatz

Date

June 14, 2015

Description

On the Black River next to The River Club along Liesbeek Parkway. Roughly 15 Spoonbills feeding.

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Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

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dhobern

Date

May 22, 2015 11:39 AM CEST

Description

Alopochen aegyptiaca (Linnaeus, 1766), Egyptian Goose, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, 22 May 2015

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Lemon Dove Columba larvata

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dhobern

Date

May 22, 2015 02:42 PM CEST

Description

Columba larvata Temminck, 1809, Lemon Dove, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, 22 May 2015

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African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta

Observer

dhobern

Date

May 22, 2015 02:27 PM CEST

Description

Muscicapa adusta (Boie, 1828), African Dusky Flycatcher, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, 22 May 2015

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Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus

Observer

aririfkin

Date

November 17, 2011

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A yellow-breasted Pipit in Mala Mala

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Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer

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aririfkin

Date

November 11, 2011

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A water buffalo resembling an old man in Mala Mala

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Southern White-faced Owl Ptilopsis granti

Observer

aririfkin

Date

November 14, 2011

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A friendly owl spotted at night with glowing orange eyes

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Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterflies Family Papilionidae

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aririfkin

Date

November 7, 2011

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A butterfly resting for an instant in the wine country

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dhobern

Date

May 21, 2015 10:29 PM CEST

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Archaeognatha sp., Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, Cape Town, South Africa, 21 May 2015

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White-barred Emperor Charaxes brutus

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dhobern

Date

May 22, 2015 02:45 PM CEST

Description

Charaxes brutus (Cramer, [1779]), Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, 22 May 2015

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dhobern

Date

May 20, 2015 09:01 AM CEST

Description

Laelia sp., perhaps Laelia extorta (Distant, 1897, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015

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dhobern

Date

May 20, 2015 02:18 PM CEST

Description

, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 May 2015

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Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata

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eudromia

Date

May 16, 2015

Description

The red-knobbed coot
Fulica cristata is a common moorhen in Southern and Central Africa.
I took these pictures of a couple while "nest-keeping" with the help of one of their chicks in the Green Point Park in Cape Town. The park hosts a few waterbird species and other birds in the proximity of Table Mountain National Park.

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False Dodder Cassytha ciliolata

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tiggrx

Date

September 2, 2011

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tiggrx

Date

September 2, 2011

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tiggrx

Date

September 2, 2011

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peterslingsby

Date

July 29, 2012

Description

Ant-dependent fynbos plants 18d
Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
The foliage of this subsp is a particularly attractive grey: granite soils and pugnacious ants [Anoplolepis steingroeveri]. The uncommon and beautiful shimmering sugar ants [Camponotus vestitus] often forage in the fresh inflorescences for nectar.
See www.ants.org.za for more info

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peterslingsby

Date

October 17, 2014

Description

Bayne's Sugar ant (Camponotus baynei)
Slightly smaller than Camponotus maculatus - major about 14mm, minor about 7 mm; coloring very dark brown to black on coppery red with paler legs; lack the 'spotting' of C. maculatus but similar habitat and habits, too; one queen in the nest which we did not remove; lots of brood [eggs, larvae, pupae] - a healthy little colony of several hundred individuals. Handsome ants from the Maculatus group of Camponotines, nesting under a stone next to the path. More at www.ants.org.za

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peterslingsby

Date

October 17, 2014

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The Camponotus is not as numerous or aggressive as the Anoplolepis which it imitates; the smooth curve of the thorax [without any lumps or bumps] marks it as Camponotus. It seems to prefer granitic soils, too, whereas the Anoplolepis is commonest on hot, dry shales.
The refractive hairs on the gaster of the large Pugnacious ant [Anoplolepis custodiens] give them a distinct, shimmering 'checkered' appearance and may be a device to warn predators that this very aggressive ant is not to be trifled with. The Shimmering sugar ant [Camponotus vestitus] imitates this property with considerable precision. It's not a very aggressive or numerous species: is it imitating its distant cousin as a protection?
More at www.ants.org.za

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Large pugnacious ant Anoplolepis custodiens

Observer

peterslingsby

Date

February 19, 2015

Description

Very aggressive ants that attack on contact; they are prime movers of seeds of myrmecochorous plants

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peterslingsby

Date

July 19, 2006

Description

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Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
This startling little beauty was growing close to the cliff-edge above Platteklip Gorge. The fruits and elaiosomes [ant-attract-ants] are very small and look as though small-sized ants could be involved. But ... don’t hold your breathe. The only ants around were Anoplolepis steingroeveri.
What more can we say? Resprouter or non-resprouter? Dunno.
See www.ants.org.za for more info

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peterslingsby

Date

January 14, 2007

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Ant-dependent fynbos plants 6a
Many of these plants are entirely dependent upon myrmecochory [= distribution of their fruits by ants] for fire survival in fynbos.
MOUNTAIN DAHLIA
These splendid flowers are also vigorous resprouters, and here’s the rub – the only ants we saw fossicking around in these flowers were Crematogasters, which if they took the fruits of myrmecochores would put the plants amongst Nature’s greatest losers – the ants nest in fire-prone old dry wood and, if that’s not bad enough, build nests of inflammable cardboard in bushes. But that’s not all ... Crematogasters [cocktail ants] are implacable enemies of Anoplolepis, the greatest drivers of myrmecochory in the fynbos. So we don’t know who takes the fruits, but fortunately the plant is a great resprouter and seedlings [hardly surprisingly] are pretty hard to find.
See www.ants.org.za for more info