African Penguins

A colony of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus), also known as Jackass Penguins because of their call, nestles on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.  Nestled as well are the penguins in their nesting burrows.  Other residents include … [Continue reading]

Cape Sugarbirds

Did you know there is an entire floristic kingdom almost exclusively found in South Africa?  It's called "fynbos," the Afrikaans name meaning fine-leaved.  In Afrikaans, "y" is pronounced as a long "a", so "fynbos" would sound like "fain-boss".  … [Continue reading]

Strandfontein Wetlands

We were blessed with good weather while at the Cape.  Prepared for rain and low temperatures, we were happily spared both, although South Africa as a whole needs rain.Our second day, August 26, we traveled south from Cape Town to … [Continue reading]

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Fresh off the plane from hours and hours of travel (Providence to Philly to London to Cape Town for me), our little band of safariers loaded into a van and headed to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, one of the world's greatest gardens.  It … [Continue reading]

South Africa

I've just returned from two very special weeks in South Africa.  I was part of a group traveling with Julie Zickefoose, looking for birds, animals, and plants.  We began in Cape Town, traveled down the peninsula to Kirstenbosch National Botanical … [Continue reading]