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Month: November 2019

For the twitchers – African rock pigeon or speckled pigeon (Columba guinea) …

This is a rather common bird, especially around urban areas, they have done particularly well adapting to human ways of life. I find this is probably one of the prettier pigeons found further South of South Africa. With most doves and pigeons having many shades of dull colours this pigeon comprises of striking maroons, reds and purples.  Pigeons and doves are renowned as the worst nest builders of all species, they build a flimsy stick platform on sometimes the most unstable branches of the tree, the rock pigeon often chooses a more stable area such as cliff edges, buildings and…

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Googly eyed and array of colour, who can’t resist a chameleon… 

They are often so hard to spot around the foliage and easily overlooked, with their placid nature and all-round integrating interest I find them irresistible to watch. The way they can look around with each eye independently, change colour and their long sticky tongues, they seem alien and unlike most animals with all these unusual traits, however it makes sense and why don’t many other species carry these remarkable traits too.  Chameleons vary greatly in size with the smallest only measuring an inch to others that grow to almost 30 inches, with the smallest one, Brookesia micra found as recent…

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