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Weekly Photo Find 6: Baby Ground Squirrel

Cuteness won me over this week. Ground squirrels are very appealing anyway, but baby ones with their frail vulnerability even more so. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find 6: Baby Ground Squirrel”

Porcupines have no defence against the quill trade

The ability of porcupines to survive in areas proximate to farmlands and suburbia is a double-edged sword for them, because their initial success results in their ongoing persecution by humans. Continue reading “Porcupines have no defence against the quill trade”

Midwinter basking: Soaking up the sunshine

Winter and sunshine are not mutually exclusive where I live in KwaZulu-Natal. Of course too much of a good thing is not a good thing. May 2018 was the fourth-hottest May globally on record, with the other hottest Mays all occurring in the last five years (for details see here). Continue reading “Midwinter basking: Soaking up the sunshine”

African Emerald Cuckoo feasts on hairy caterpillars

The Processionary Caterpillars are out in full force again this autumn, providing easy pickings for this female African Emerald Cuckoo. Continue reading “African Emerald Cuckoo feasts on hairy caterpillars”

Clarity in autumn: Insects and other discoveries

The autumn air has a special clarity and the sunlight a special golden quality. At this time of the year butterflies and other insects are particularly noticeable. Continue reading “Clarity in autumn: Insects and other discoveries”

Trunks playfully twisted

These two young elephants were jousting near a water hole. As they pushed and shoved they often raised their trunks and twisted them together during their good-natured wrestling. Continue reading “Trunks playfully twisted”

In the pink: Flower mantids in the garden

My next-door neighbour told me about these mantids in a rose bush in his garden. Three of them have taken up residence in a pink-flowering rosebush and have been there for over a week. Continue reading “In the pink: Flower mantids in the garden”

I’d rather be outside

Just like our dog, Rory, when being indoors feels confining, I’d rather be outside.

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Family story

The story of survival depends on the strength of family bonds that endure, as epitomized by these Vervet monkeys, even in a hostile world. Continue reading “Family story”

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