Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Hop Along Cassidy

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

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.

Changling…..a chameleons world

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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. 

Chameleon on Brilliantaisia

Chameleon on Brilliantaisia

This specimen is climbing a Brillantaisia  subulugurica (Giant salvia) which is pictured below in its full flowering glory.

Brilliantaisia subulugurica

Thanks very much for the kind permission from the Bishopscourt Village Ratepayers Association for the use of their pictures. Please visit the full gallery on their website.

Finally an Otter…….well almost!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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.

Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Clawless Otter Sculpture at Kirstenbosch

Krusty Krab

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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!