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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 13, 2017 10:23 PM SAST

Description

Moth visiting Prenia flowers on my desk.

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What

Greater Striped Swallow Cecropis cucullata

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 13, 2017 06:02 PM SAST

Description

The road was a popular place for some reason. The cool of the dusk and the warmth of the road was probably a delicious combination :-)

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Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 10, 2017 09:25 PM SAST

Description

Baby baboon?

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What

Ring-necked Dove [Capicola] Streptopelia capicola ssp. capicola

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 10, 2017 05:34 PM SAST

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What

Green Drab Ophiusa tirhaca

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 10, 2017 06:46 AM SAST

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Large-flowered Sandrose Anacampseros telephiastrum

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 8, 2017 07:34 PM SAST

Description

Flowers open late in afternoon into the evening. Open for only one day. The next flower on the inflorescence may open only three weeks later.

Have watched flowers for years, but not yet seen a pollinator...

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Ring-necked Dove [Capicola] Streptopelia capicola ssp. capicola

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 7, 2017 04:17 PM SAST

Description

Hot doves trying to stay cool in the canopy of a kareeboom.

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Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 6, 2017 11:16 AM SAST

Description

Visiting Prenia & Malephora flowers.

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What

Potter and Mason Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 6, 2017 09:02 AM SAST

Description

Visiting Psilocaulon junceum flowers.

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Dragonflies Suborder Anisoptera

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 5, 2017 10:48 AM SAST

Description

Don't know if the pic is good enough to get any kind of refined ID...?

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Southern Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris ssp. coronatus

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 4, 2017 06:39 PM SAST

Description

Ridiculous guineabirds :-)

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Southern African Meadow White Pontia helice ssp. helice

Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 4, 2017 01:23 PM SAST

Description

Meadow White visiting Malephora flowers.

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Observer

karoopixie

Date

December 3, 2017 10:10 AM SAST

Description

Medium bee visiting Prenia flowers.

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African Blackshouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus ssp. caeruleus

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 5, 2017 09:28 AM SAST

Description

The male caught a mouse and called the female. She came in and he handed over. This is a very quick transaction and I have been struggling to capture it on video. The gif is a bit out of focus, but shows the handover.

The sound clip is of the male's whistles and the females screeches as she comes in.

There is also a young fiscal sitting next to him begging. His mum came and fed him.

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Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 25, 2017 07:12 PM SAST

Description

Singing to itself, incorporating softer versions of the alarm call.

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Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 25, 2017 11:26 AM SAST

Description

Having a singsong :-)

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Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 20, 2017 08:35 AM SAST

Description

Three birds singing a trio. I suspect parents with a full grown child.

Each note is sung by a different bird. Very sweet :-)

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What

Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris ssp. collaris

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 5, 2017 09:28 AM SAST

Description

A baby begging. Right next to a Blackshouldered Kite!

Last pic is a gif.

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What

Cape Grysbok Raphicerus melanotis

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 5, 2017 08:32 AM SAST

Description

A tiny grysbok who lost his mum (probably to dogs).

Somehow he managed to survive, and I saw him quite often during the day, and on the trail camera at night.

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Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 28, 2017 01:47 PM SAST

Description

Small beetle on Malephora leaves.

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What

Bee Flies Family Bombyliidae

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 26, 2017 03:02 PM SAST

Description

Big bee fly visiting Psilocaulon junceum flowers.

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What

Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 26, 2017 09:33 AM SAST

Description

Two pairs countersinging - a territorial dispute. A glorious carolling (apart from the monotonous guineafowl).

Pic is a snapshot from the video, so it's a bit rubbish.

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Fiscal Flycatcher Melaenornis silens

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 25, 2017 10:03 AM SAST

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Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 25, 2017 10:02 AM SAST

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Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 24, 2017 09:34 AM SAST

Description

Visiting Psilocaulon junceum flowers.

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Southern Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea ssp. phaeonota

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 23, 2017 05:27 PM SAST

Description

Loafing.

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Grey Tit Melaniparus afer

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 23, 2017 06:56 AM SAST

Description

A pair singing.

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African Blackshouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus ssp. caeruleus

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 22, 2017 06:25 PM SAST

Description

Three of the four babies from this brood. First day out.

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What

Karoo Burrowing Scorpion Opistophthalmus karrooensis

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 17, 2017 12:27 PM SAST

Description

An abundance of termites! Something in the air caused clouds of alates to emerge. This created a feast for others.

Others included this pair of scorpions. The bounty was so great it tempted them out in the middle of the day.

They stuck the termites they caught to their faces. I have not been able to establish if this is caching behaviour or if they are in fact digesting the bodies on their chelicerae. Once sucked dry, the termite bodies were ejected with some force off the scorpions' faces.

Gif shows the female catching and caching a termite when she has several stuck to her face already.

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What

Southern Harvester Termite Microhodotermes viator

Observer

karoopixie

Date

November 17, 2017 12:12 PM SAST

Description

An abundance of termites! Something in the air caused clouds of alates to emerge. This created a feast for others.

Here an alate is emerging from the home nest.

The gif shows a termite actively getting rid of its wings. They all did this - in stark contrast to ant alates who do not try to get rid of their wings (in my experience).

Most alates did not get far from their home nests - the wings seem to be more of a parachute than active flying apparatus.

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