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Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

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dhobern

Date

May 22, 2015 11:39 AM CEST

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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

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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

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aririfkin

Date

November 17, 2011

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A yellow-breasted Pipit in Mala Mala

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Bovids Family Bovidae

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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

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aririfkin

Date

November 14, 2011

Description

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

Description

A butterfly resting for an instant in the wine country

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dhobern

Date

May 21, 2015 10:29 PM CEST

Description

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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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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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

Sissies
Ant-dependent fynbos plants 11
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

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amur leopard Panthera pardus

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iluvpoland

Date

February 20, 2015 12:00 AM COT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

a small amur leopard close up!! life changing expeiriance!!

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amur leopard Panthera pardus

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iluvpoland

Date

February 20, 2015 12:00 AM COT

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(Somewhere...)

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a small amur leopard close up!! life changing expeiriance!!

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Rock Hyrax Procavia capensis

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kylecmsmith

Date

October 14, 2014

Description

After reaching the top of Table Mountain, I started heading in the direction of the tourist shop in order to find some much needed drinking water. I saw some people looking over the wall to the left, and I looked over. Just as I was hoping, there was a hyrax. I actually saw a few in that area.

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peterslingsby

Date

April 5, 2012

Description

Black sugar ant (Camponotus werthi)
Medium size [majors >10mm, minors >6mm] jet-black ants that prefer moist fynbos environments; shy and probably nocturnal, they often nest in old wood or hollow stems and are not as prominently active as their hairy cousins, C. niveosetosus. Black sugar ants closely resemble the Hairy sugar ant (Camponotus niveosetosus) in size and body colour, but lack the prominent white bristles that distinguish the latter. They are much more shy and often nest in wood or hollow stems. Common in the Cape Peninsula mountains and the Kogelberg, but I have not found them elsewhere. More on these and other camponotines at www.ants.org.za

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peterslingsby

Date

November 11, 2014

Description

Southern timid ant (Monomorium australe)
Evenly coloured brown with slightly darker gaster, ants about 2.5 mm, all same size. A pair of bristles on each petiole node and a few pairs of bristles on the gaster segments. The thorax is faintly pitted. The Southern timid ant illustrated can easily be confused with Pheidole ants, but the absence of big-headed major ants gives them away. They appear to be able to survive invasion by Argentine ants and I have found them in my Zandvlei garden. This species can be distinguished under the microscope by the few pairs of bristles on the petiole nodes and the gaster segments. All Monomoriums have stings but are too small to cause harm to humans.
For more info see www.ants.org.za

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Five-toed Whip Lizard Tetradactylus seps

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toby

Date

January 1, 2015 09:01 PM SAST

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus

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joachim

Date

September 28, 2014

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Flowering plants Class Magnoliopsida

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ctnash

Date

October 29, 2008 12:35 PM AEST

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Woody seed cases, on rock side of mountain.

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Proteas Family Proteaceae

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ctnash

Date

October 10, 2008 12:29 AM AEST

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Woody flowers, growing wild.

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