Archive for June, 2007

Some of the stars of the park–the Elephants. We had excellent views of a number of elephants, including great views of a mother & her calf.Baby Elephant 2Baby Elephant 9Baby Elephant 3Elephants 1
Elephants 2


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Yellow Mongoose













Yellow Mongoose














A very wet hare–probably a Cape Hare Lepus capensis but could be a Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis.

OstrichOstrich Struthio camelus













Burchell’s/Plains Zebra Equus burchelli













Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash

Red-billed Quelea

Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea See how many you can spot! Recently there has been an irruption of Red-billed Queleas into the Western Cape. The Avian Demography Unit has information & a list of sightings here. Should you observe Red-billed Queleas in the Western Cape, please report them to dieter.oschadleus@uct.ac.za.

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On April 28-29 we travelled to Addo Elephant Park. We stayed at the Aardvark Guesthouse and had a fantastic time–highly recommended. Great accommodation, very friendly & very conveniently located to Addo, Aardvark is also reasonable priced. We spent one and a half days at Addo itself. The weather was not great–cool, with showers of rain. Despite this we still had a fantastic time and saw plenty of animals. We did not see Lion or Rhino (nor Leopard–but no-one ever sees those!). The first animal we saw was actually a Spotted Hyena–for about 5 seconds! This was also the only Spotted Hyena we saw. No photos of the Hyena unfortunately. I did not see as many birds as I thought I might–too cold & windy I guess; though I did see 5 new species:

  • Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens
  • Denham’s Bustard Neotis denham
  • Greater Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris afer
  • Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea
  • Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer

Red-necked SpurfowlBokmakerie










Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer (above left)

Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus (above right)


We saw a good number of animals including the following:
Cape Buffalo











Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer

Black-backed Jackal












Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas

Red Hartebeast











Red Hartebeast Alcelaphus buselaphus

Greater Kudu











Greater Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Warthog 1











Warthog Phacochoerus africanus


There is a mammal species list for Addo available here.

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