Thursday, 25 February 2021


The DWARF MONGOOSE is, as its name suggests, a very small creature with a mass of about 250 grams when fully grown.  They live in packs of about 30 and their diet consists almost entirely of insects and the occasional lizard or mouse.

OJ - remembering his first sighting of a Dwarf Mongoose near the Crocodile Bridge Gate, Kruger National Park


Wednesday, 24 February 2021


The beautiful shades of yellow and orange of these sandstone cliffs are typical of the Eastern Free State.  The Clarens Formation of windblown sand that has been weathered to form these cliffs, was deposited in desert conditions about 200 million year ago.  This aeolian formation is covered by the basalt flows that followed about 20 million years later.  The basaltic deposits can exceed 2 000 metres in depth in some places.

OJ - fascinated by the geology of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Tuesday, 23 February 2021


A mongoose photographed on the prowl in the open veld looking for supper.  They are known to eat birds, mice and small reptiles, but if those can not be found, insects and termites will do.

OJ - watching a mongoose in the Addo Elephant Park


Monday, 22 February 2021


Rushing to get to the National Park gate before it closes at 6 p.m., we have to stop to take a quick snap of the sunset.

OJ - posting a photo taken near the Phabeni Gate, Kruger National Park - November 2019.


Saturday, 20 February 2021


The last photo for this week's theme of "A WEEK FOR THE BIRDS", features a LONG-CRESTED EAGLE that joined us at breakfast time this morning.  He'd brought his own snack clutched in his right claw, but didn't seem to want to share - either with us or the other birds bothering him.  I am not to sure what he'd caught.  Judging by its long tail (not visible in this photo) it may have been a small vervet monkey.



Friday, 19 February 2021


Bath time for this pair of COLLARED SUNBIRDS!  Being the smallest sunbirds results in their bath time being after all the other birds have been with the result that the level of the water is invariably low.  They always look disappointed!



Thursday, 18 February 2021


The PARADISE FLYCATCHERS are summer visitors in our garden.  Their arrival in  early November is signalled by flashes of russet in the trees as they hunt moths and other small flying insects.  They will be moving north shortly to avoid the winter chill.