On to Botswana

A few more memories of our visit to Namaqualand before we leave for the Okavango delta today.

Black or Verreaux's Eagle

Black (or Verreaux’s) Eagle are specialists, preying almost exclusively on Rock Hyrax, but they will take small antelope and hare when Hyrax populations crash. They are one of the largest eagles in the world and have a distinctive white cross pattern on their back.

Rock Hyrax or Dassies in South Africa

A large group of Rock Hyrax sunned themselves on their rocky outcropping just at sunset.  This group had effectively denuded the vegetation surrounding their rocky outcrop, and it looked like someone had mowed the wild flowers.  But the further they get away from their rocky protection, the more vulnerable to the Black Eagle they become.

Aramid lizard from South Africa

Another rock lover, an Agamid rock lizard, basked to warm up in the morning sun.

Yellow bishop

Yellow Bishops remind me of American Blackbirds in their behavior and their male and female coloration, but they really are more closely related to House sparrows.

Black-capped Wheat-ear among Namaqualand flowers

A Black-capped wheatear posed among the Namaqualand flowers.  The name has nothing to do with eating wheat or their ears, but is a corruption of “white” and “arse”, which refers to the white patch of feathers on their rump.

One thought on “On to Botswana

  1. It’s great to be traveling with you, Sue. It’s fascinating to see how some of the creatures are like ones that we are used to seeing and some are completely different. I’d love to see the black eagle in flight (all eagles in flight simply take my breath away).

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