In Afrikaans, the yellow mongoose is called rooimeerkat or witkwasmuishond. The ‘meer’ in meerkat is derived from the word ‘mier’, which means ant or termite. Mongooses and meerkats use termite mounds as shelter and the termites themselves as food. This yellow meerkat in Rietvlei Nature Reserve was digging away, looking for some nice grubs to eat.
A yellow mongoose is scanning its environment in Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Very happy with this sighting, we had never seen them there!
A secretary bird wades through the long grass in Rietvlei Nature Reserve. As much as I like the secretary bird, it does not look like a friendly animal…
Secretary bird – what’s in a name?
African wattled lapwing
For Valentine’s Day
“Just living is not enough…
one must have sunshine,
freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Andersen
Ostrich in a field with purple flowers
Rietvlei at the moment is so amazingly beautiful! The fields are green and purple and yellow… all the colours of an enchanting summer. This young zebra obliged for a portrait in front of a field of purple flowers. The animals don’t really seem to like the flowers, though, they prefer their grass to be green!