I happened to chance upon this little guy one night while driving down Liesbeek Avenue. He let me take quite a few pictures before I had to prod him to get him off the road, and he then disappeared into the darkness with one giant leap.
Here is a nice shot taken in the wonderful area of the Liesbeek that Joan Parker and other Bishopscort Village residents have worked so hard to transform from an ugly mess into a beautiful sanctuary by the river.
None other than the Bradypodion pumilum (Cape Dwarf Chameleon) which is a CITES protected endangered species.
This specimen is climbing a Brillantaisia subulugurica (Giant salvia) which is pictured below in its full flowering glory.
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I went for a walk around Kirstenbosch gardens on Freedom Day. When I passed by this handsome fellow. I guess I have seen this many times before but it only really regsitered with me in terms of this web site! So here in all its cold steel glory is the Cape Clawless Otter (Aonyx capensis) – follow link for more info.
Early in December 2009 I was driving down Liesbeek Avenue as I do at least twice every day and stopped to make sure this little critter was not run over by another vehicle. Unfortunately he though wedging himself under my front tyre would be a good place to hide. It too some coaxing my me and a colleague to get him out. I guess if I had just grabbed him it would have been easier, but those pincers looked quite menacing!
Spring is here and so is lots of new life. There must have been about thirteen little gyppos. Picture taken along the Liesbeek trail next to Newlands Pool.
“Misty morning; can’t see no sun”.
A nice view along Liesbeeck Avenue one misty morning in May. Read the rest of this entry »
It is not unusual to find dead carp in the river, but when it is a fully developed fish in pond opposite Rhodes Office Park in Mowbray, one has to wonder how it got there.
I consider myself privileged to drive a length of the Liesbeek to work every day. Since all the heavy winter rain, the wetland has come alive with birds. I have seen pelicans, egrets, herons, cranes and of course the subject of this article the good old Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) Read the rest of this entry »
The recent deluge of rain and partial flooding of The Liesbeek, whilst concerning for human settlement (particularly The River Club), has been really beneficial to the bird life alongst the Liesbeek. Read the rest of this entry »