December 2011, South Africa

 

In December 2012 I was in South Africa for my work. I stayed in the Indaba hotel in Fourways just north of Johannesburg. At the Indaba hotel there is a big garden and a waterdam. I found  lots of birds in the gardens around the hotel.

 

I bought a bird guide to find the names of the birds, this must be a grey Go-away bird.

 

 African olive Pigeon

 

 Black-collared Barbet

 

 This must be one of the funniest birds in Africa, they are very commom. It is the Helmeted Guineafowl

 

 Crowned Lapwing

 

 Hadeda Ibis

 

 Southern Red Bishop

 

 African Hoopoe

 

 African Wattled Lapwing

 

 Cape Glossy Starling

 

 

 

 

 

 This bird I could not find in the bird guide. It is very common in South Africa, I have seen it lots of times. I think it must be a kind of Babbler.

 

 

 

 I think that this is a African Dusky Flycatcher

 

 Southern Red Bishop

 

 

 

 Cape Robin-Chat

 

 At the Indaba hotel there is one spot were birds like to take a dust bath, here a African Hoopoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Blacksmith Lapwing

 

 Hadeda Ibis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Southern Masked-Weaver

 

 Yellow-billed Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 In the garden of the Indaba hotel there is one Peacock. During the night it will rest in a tree, early in the morning it will fly to the ground.

 

 Birds are not the only wildlife around the hotel. I found some nice insects too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just North of Johannesburg there is a site called Cradle of Humankind. Fossilized remains from the first humanlike people were found in these caves around this area.The photo below shows a hole were someone could have fallen and never came out again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is also in this area. Predators as Lion, Cheetah and African Wild Dog are kept in big enclosures and are fed on a regular basis. Altough these are captive animals, it is nice to make some photo's of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve they also keep these white lions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Cheetah is the worlds fastes land animal. In the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve you would not expiriance that because they don't have to hunt for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The African Wild dog has an exceptional big bite force. It hunts in packs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve there are also free roaming animals like these Black Wildebeast. I have been to a few nature resves now but all the ones that I went are enclosed by a fence. The term "free roaming" is thus relative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sable Antilope

 

 

 

 Springbuck

 

 

 

 

 

 The Eland is the biggest antilope

 

 

 

 

 

 Waterbuck

 

 

 

 Cape Buffelo

 

 

 

 

 Blesbuck

 

 Gemsbuck

 

 In South Africa there is a huge problem with poachers. They slaughter White and Black Rhino for their horns. On the leaflet from the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve they write that all rhino horns have been treated, whatever that means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cape Fulture

 

 

 

 Ostrich

 

 Cattle Egret

 

 

 

 

 

 Cape Ground Squirrel