This African Harrier-hawk decided to walk to the edge of a waterhole. Funny to watch 🙂
No words needed – simply beautiful!
I usually do not like to anthropomorphize animals but this Southern Vine Snake gave the appearance of being “unhappy”. Close to shedding its skin it was moving slowly through a tree as we spotted the snake. When I got a bit closer to take some pictures it obviously felt a bit threatened (for a short while). It inflated its neck to display the bright skin between the scales to impress its opponent. It work for me :-). This slender snake has a very bright orange tongue with a black tip.
Vine Snakes are rather shy and usually very relaxed. As with the Boomslang the chance of getting bitten is quite low. Its venom is highly haemotoxic and if a bite is not treated quickly it can be fatal. There is no anti-venom available.
It was the first time I was able to get images of this shy neighbor. What a great day!
PS: The eyes of this Vine Snake look “clouded” as it was close to skin shedding time.
Well, you can attribute the title of this blog either to me, Badger (the horse I am riding), the Giraffe lady (with her admirer) or the fast growing Ostriches on Pakamisa :-). Have a look at all the images!
I am spending again a few of my off-days relaxing at Pakamisa (in very hot weather!)
Badger and me (with my special safari hat :-). Picture by Isabella Stepski
A lady (left) and her admirer.
Small no longer. Pakamisa’s Ostrich chicks with their mum in the middle.
This young Ostrich was observed by one of Pakamisa’s mares as it moved towards the stables for its evening dinner!