Description: Distinctly sickly member (suspect that insecticides may have been used on/near it) of presumably the same species of gecko seen getting eaten by vervets on the island.
'Dwellings' misleading - building wholly open on two sides, low-level seasonal use.
Description: These birds were very common on the Vaal, with their calls an everyday occurrence. other kingfishers included the giant kingfishers, the tiny, jewel-like malachite kingfishers ( which we could get very close to, and the rare half-collared kingfisher. One of the best sightings of the trip was an interaction between an malachite and half-collared kingfisher. they perched together and flew around together. Other specials included European bee-eater and a lucky sighting of two black crake on an island.
Description: This monitor swam onto our side of the river and decided to bask next to the rocks close to our house. i grabbed the camera and carefully clambered over the rocks, only stopping to look at two Jameson's firefinches. Fortunately, the lizard was not scared off and posed perfectly
Description: Fish eagle were common on the Vaal. Their calls could be heard at any time of day and always made me stop and listen. Often we would see flying away, or perched on the Eucalypt trees. sometimes we would startle one in a tree above us, causing it to fly low over our heads. This juvenile were perched across from our house.
Description: These birds were the most common on the Vaal. Some logs could host six at any given time. Other birds i saw around the Vaal included bokmakerie, jackal buzzard, green wood hoopoe, diderik cuckoo, swainsons spurfowl,black korhaan, cardinal woodpecker, red-footed falcon, and best of all, European nightjars at night, and a spotted eagle owl roosting by the river on our last morning.
Description: This monitor was living directly opposite us on the othre side of the river. Every morning he would emerge from his hole to bask in the sun. These lizards were common on the Vaal, either basking on logs and banks, or wimming. On one trip i encountered 5.
Description: While i was watching the male on the nest, i heard the female calling close by and as i walking towards the sound, i saw land on low branch and posing perfectly. A few minutes later, sunlight filtered through the trees and struck her, creating some brilliant photographs.
Description: On a regular check of the Rufouschest Sparrowhawk nest, i spotted the male of the pair, high up in the tree as usual. He is much shyer than the female and won't come down as low as she does. I watched him fly onto the nest and observing him for some time shifting about on the nest. i have cropped one of the photos so that you can see him on the nest. it appears that this pair is sharing parental duties ( 12 hours on and 12 hours off)
Description: A moment ago this bird was on the ground feeding on the Sugarbush. I took a number of pictures of it doing so, but she was in the shadow and nothing came out on the photos.
It was definitely a female sunbird, but I'm guessing the species.