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Community Nature Photos
VeldTalk welcomes interesting photos and news of unusual creatures and plants spotted where you live. Send your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a recent outing in our area with bird specialists we were delighted to spot endangered blue cranes and grass owls. Plus finding a grass owl nest with three eggs!
Hills and Dales
Our neighbour rescued a big tortoise which had been tied up to be cooked and eaten! She’s been laying eggs and we need to find out where to release her where she would be safe.Ed: On Sean West of GDARD’s recommendation Margie contacted FreeMe (011 807 6993) where the Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)was checked out before being released.
Margie van Coller
We found this chameleon on the fence line walking from one tree to another. We always find something interesting in our jackal research project, whether it is the brown hyena, badger or jackal.
Mirdia Snyman, Jackal Research
Kingdom of the Lion, Kalkheuwel
Miemie Palmer in Centurion wrote to VeldTalk and sent a photo of an odd-looking little creature. “A friend found this in their garden,” she said. “Any idea what it may be?
VeldTalk asked GDARD for a lead and Dr Craig Whittington-Jones of the Biodiversity Management Department replied: The photo shows a Thick-toed Gecko (Pachydactylus species); either the Transvaal (affinis) or the Cape (capensis). Even in the hand I find these quite a challenge to distinguish. The odd-looking tail is a replacement probably grown after the original dropped off while the gecko was trying to escape from a predator.
I love taking action pictures. I’ve been doing this for a year now, but this storm had to be the best.
Vanessa Reynolds Doornrandje