Bontebok young

September through to November is the birthing season for Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus dorcas); this antelope species is endemic to the fynbos region and is found here in the south western Cape.   It’s elegant colours blend well with the surrounding vegetation.   Within a couple of hours of birth the young are fit to go.

Chacma baboons: Gentle mothers

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Chacma_baboons_digging_for_bulbs It was cool in the early morning,  9*C when a passing rain shower caught this baboon troop out in the open.   The mothers sheltered together paying attention to their babies gently cuddling them to keep them warm.  The rain passed and they were soon back into the veld digging for corms and other succulent roots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March: Wildlife in the garden

A sunny spot in the late afternoon.
Enjoying a sunny spot in the late afternoon just over the edge of the garden is a Cape Clawless otter.

This month I’ve joined Jude’s photography challenge.  The subject is wildlife in the garden, which is ‘right up my street’.   The urban/wildlife interface here between mountain and sea is pretty active with a range of wildlife visitors – from the smallest of critters such as baby field mice to baboon, otter and porcupine … dassies, mongoose, genet.

 

 

Too close!

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It’s the start of summer holidays and the  “silly season”  in Cape Town.  Visitor numbers swell,  the traffic becomes horribly congested and we see scenes like this where people take chances and get up close to take photographs of the wild baboons.

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We can unwittingly put wild animals at risk with our notions that they are “tame”.  This baboon was uncomfortable being photographed at such close proximity and moved away, but what if she had reacted defensively?