Look, no feathers!

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8 years 4 months ago #12003 by Dave Shedman
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I've been meaning to do this for ages and finally got round to it today. These are a few 'others' seen whilst birding either at home or out and about.

Rhemardo Holiday Resort, Limpopo.

Blue Headed Tree Agama (Bloukop Koggelmander)







Banded Mongoose





Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg.

Bee on a flower.



Green Milkweed Grasshopper



Unknown cricket / grasshopper.



Leopard Tortoise



Striped Skink



Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng

Kudu





Warthog



Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Gauteng

Lions





House and garden, West Rand, Johannesburg

Beetle (rescued from washing-up water and placed on the doorstep to dry!)





Praying Mantis



Bee (getting intimate with a leaf on our garden wall!)



Bee landing on purple Agapanthus plant.

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8 years 4 months ago #12022 by Camby
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Stunning Dave, I especially like the last one!!!

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8 years 4 months ago #12030 by Dave Shedman
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Thanks Camby. I took dozens of shots of the bees and most were out of focus or blurred because they didn't stay still for long enough. That last one was more by luck than judgement but I was quite pleased with it. :D

Thanks again.

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8 years 4 months ago #12041 by Dave Shedman
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P.S. forgot to include this little guy in the 'House and garden' list. <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

African Guttural Toad (Skurwe Padda)

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8 years 4 months ago #12044 by sulamk
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Beautiful shots! Like the toad!

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8 years 4 months ago #12046 by Dave Shedman
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Thanks Sandy.

Last summer we had a couple of those toads as regular visitors to the garden. They used to rest in a hollow beneath a terracotta plant box to escape the heat of sun. They were full grown adults, much bigger than this guy.

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8 years 4 months ago #12064 by Dave Shedman
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P.S. Sandy, that red and black grasshopper was photographed on that day I spent with you and Michelle at WSBG. I think Michelle got some shots of it too.

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8 years 4 months ago #12065 by Rusty Justy
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Hi Dave....Great series of pics......Im sure your Grasshopper, is the nymph of the Koppie Foam Grasshopper.......I have seen them there before as WSBG.........The striped skink, is a Cape Dwarf Gecko!

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8 years 4 months ago #12067 by Dave Shedman
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Thanks Justin.

You're probably right about the gecko. I just thought it looked like a smaller version of the Striped Skink that used to live in our garden and assumed it was probably a juvenile. I should have looked at the toes!! I know little or nothing about lizards <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

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