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Sunday, 07 December 2008 17:25

Wild Gardenia

Rothmania capensis

(aka Common Rothmania)
Wild Gardenia / Wildekatjiepiering (Aapsekos)
Zulu: umPhazane-mkhulu
(SA National Tree number 693)
Sunday, 26 October 2008 11:09

River Bushwillow

Combretum erythrophyllum

River Bushwillow / Rivier Vaderlandswilg
Tswana: Modubunoka/Modubu
(SA National Tree number 536)
Sunday, 09 November 2008 14:30

Scented Thorn

Acacia nilotica

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 11:37


Diospyros whyteana

Bladder-Nut / Swartbas, Bostolbas

N.Sotho: Mohlatsane

(SA National Tree number 611)

Sunday, 24 March 2013 00:00

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

April’s bird of the month is the Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris).

Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Halcyon albiventris - Photographed by E Stockenstroom, Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy

Sunday, 30 August 2015 05:35

Crested Barbet

This month's Bird of the Month is the Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii). 

Crested Barbet - photograph courtesy of Operation Wildflower

Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Blue waxbill

Bird of the month is the tiny Blue waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis).

Sunday, 30 August 2015 05:25

Cattle Egret

May’s Bird of the Month is the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) or umLinda-nkomo (Zulu).

Photographed by Eric Stockenstroom

A recent press release of BirdLife, SA (16 April 2015) reports on their research project to study the Secretary bird, launched in 2011 – the same year that the threatened status of the Secretary bird was changed to vulnerable. The report describes the vast distances these birds travel after leaving the nest and the numerous threats they face.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 05:19

Groundscraper Thrush

June’s bird of the month is the Groundscraper Thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa) or Nwadlodlomam (Tswana).

Groundscraper Thrush - Photographed by Eric Stockenstroom

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