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Ring-necked Dove [Damarensis] Streptopelia capicola ssp. damarensis

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Date

September 17, 2019 12:45 PM SAST

Description

2nd pic (3rd of series taken by camera) shows dark eye (so not red-eyed dove)

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Southern Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis ssp. africaeaustralis

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August 4, 2019 08:15 PM SAST

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Meerkat Suricata suricatta

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October 12, 2019 03:25 PM SAST

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Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua

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August 30, 2019 10:50 AM SAST

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Cape Grey Mongoose Galerella pulverulenta

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July 31, 2019 05:06 PM SAST

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Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis

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September 13, 2019 02:36 PM SAST

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Cape Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus ssp. ursinus

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August 29, 2019 01:44 PM SAST

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Southern Small-spotted Genet Genetta felina

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August 15, 2019 05:05 AM SAST

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Aardwolf Proteles cristata

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October 3, 2019 07:07 PM SAST

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Cape Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia ssp. grimmia

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August 25, 2019 06:49 AM SAST

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Southern Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas ssp. mesomelas

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July 26, 2019 09:49 PM SAST

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Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis

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August 22, 2019 07:19 AM SAST

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Angulate Tortoise Chersina angulata

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July 31, 2019 01:11 PM SAST

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Common Puff Adder Bitis arietans ssp. arietans

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October 17, 2019 09:24 AM SAST

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Karoo Sand Snake Psammophis notostictus

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October 11, 2019 05:27 PM SAST

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Hares and Jackrabbits Genus Lepus

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

October 10, 2019 05:50 PM SAST

Description

Left ear looks deformed, but it’s just the angle. Both ears were fine.

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October 3, 2019 02:16 PM SAST

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Karoo Girdled Lizard Karusasaurus polyzonus

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July 14, 2019 03:10 PM SAST

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Snake Honeythorn Lycium amoenum

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

July 7, 2019 04:12 PM SAST

Description

Plant height 750 mm; Flower diameter 14-15 mm; length 12-13 mm

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

July 7, 2019 03:16 PM SAST

Description

Snijman (Ed) (2013) Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: Extra Cape Flora, SANBI, Page 314, refers to leaves being “woolly in axils” – last two microscope pics (original magnification about 50X) show hairs at base of leaves where broken off stems.

Mistaken identity? A number of Namaqualand farmers and herders have specifically pointed out this species to me, saying it is toxic to stock animals. In one case, “bakkie loads” were reportedly removed from a farm. I’m assuming this is a case of mistaken identity, most likely confusing it (stems especially) with small Botterboom (Tylecodon paniculatus) which they know well enough is a problem, along with the other Tylecodons (especially wallichii) and cotyledons that occur here.

I would deeply appreciate any thoughts on this.

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

July 6, 2019 03:23 PM SAST

Description

This one in soil, many others nearby in fissures in rocks; Only now starting to flower (usually May-June).

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Grass Catstail Bulbinella graminifolia

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

June 27, 2019 09:57 AM SAST

Description

Plant heights to 570 mm; number of leaves 7-11; leaf length to 360 mm; flower diameter 6-7 mm; (data from 5 nearby plants in patch of few tens of plants); lower parts of leaves rough to the touch; on S-facing slope

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

June 27, 2019 10:52 AM SAST

Description

Plant height 550 mm; leaf lengths to 270 mm; widths to 140 mm; flower diameter to 42 mm; pedicel lengths to 55 mm; in rocky outcrop on fairly steep S-facing slope; not too confident of my ID

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

June 14, 2019 03:31 PM SAST

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Plant height up to 800 mm; leaf length to 40 mm, width about 8 mm; flower diameter from 30-60 mm; locularity=5; data from three plants. On S-facing slope. They have just started flowering. Always like this time of year – it’s one of the first vygies to flower and they can cover a whole hillside though not densely.

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Springbok Antidorcas marsupialis

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

June 14, 2019 03:03 PM SAST

Description

This lone individual suddenly appeared on the property a week ago. It could only have originated from the adjacent Namaqua National Park. However, there’s good evidence that it arrived here via a joint neighbouring property. But, shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. :-)

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Striped Polecat Ictonyx striatus

Observer

kevinatbrakputs

Date

June 10, 2019 02:37 PM SAST

Description

After being away for a few days, we returned to find the soil up to 150 m away from the house cratered with easily a few hundred small diggings, scattered in big patches. Size varied from shallow (1-2 cm depth) to big enough to take a fist. Eight droppings deposits were found, mostly in holes, a few near holes. This is typical Striped Polecat behaviour (van den Heever, et al., 2017, Tracker Manual, Struik, p 174).

They do occur in this area (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22408130).

The number of droppings and holes might suggest more than one animal and my guess is that they were around for a few days. Van den Heever et al. also correctly note that these holes can be confused with those of Suricate. However, Suricate droppings are much bigger and are typically deposited around their burrows (see page 200-201). See also https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18935655.

The twisted shape of the observed droppings is also typical of Polecat. Width in this sample varied from 6 to 10 mm, averaging about 8 mm.

This is something I have not often seen so thought it worth sharing and giving some detail.

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

December 3, 2018 10:24 AM SAST

Description

Flower pics taken 3-Dec-2018; Stem pics taken 1-Jun-2019 (same individual plant)

Height 200 mm; number of leaves 3-7 (3 stems); Leaf width to 4 mm

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May 8, 2019 03:31 PM SAST

Description

Flower diam 8 mm

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April 30, 2019 04:33 PM SAST

Description

Height 1.1 m

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Striped Polecat Ictonyx striatus

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January 30, 2019 10:39 PM SAST
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