a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The plants and animals of the human habitats of Africa, including cities, villages, gardens and farms...
Sugarbirds come to feeders in South Africa
Eidolon helvum, 'Straw-colored Fruit Bat'. The most widespread megabat in Africa, perhaps the world. As the name suggests it eats fruit, but it also feeds on nectar, and had been seen chewing on soft wood for moisture. When I stood under a colony to get these pictures, I was shat or spat on, and the sloppy shit looked like the remains of fruit. In turn, they are also eaten by people, and over 100,000 a year are sold as bush meat in west Africa. They are found in forest, savanna and urban areas across much of sub-Sharan Africa.
Sciurus carolinensis, 'Eastern Grey Squirrels' from North America have been introduced into Cape Town.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea.