The natural world

The natural world has always fascinated me, and this is why I studied biology at university. I will try to post some of my observations here, hoping that I may kindle interests in nature in someone else.







Olive-tree warbler
Last weekend (March 17-19) was spent providing food for mosquitoes and learning warblers with Etienne Marais and Sheleph Burger. Every year many millions of warblers make the journey from the northern hemisphere all the way to Africa, many of them overwintering (the northern winter) in South Africa. Etienne put on […]

Warbler weekend at Zaagkuildrift


Wrymouth
Ghost fish seemed an appropriate name the first time I saw one, For a fleeting second, in the light of my diving lamp; a whitish spotted head protruding from the mud disappeared as it swallowed up by the sea floor itself. Closer inspection revealed a 10 cm diameter hole in […]

The wrymouth a ghost of a fish







Diederik cuckoo male passing food to female
Diederik cuckoo This blog post is about Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius, and is illustrated with photos taken at Rietvlei Nature Reserve last summer. I wrote it for two reasons: to talk a bit about bird photography, and to illustrate something about these birds biology – they are more than just […]

Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius – interesting birdwatching