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Human Habitats
(Farms, Gardens & Settlements)

The plants and animals of the human habitats of Africa, including cities, villages, gardens and farms...

Class Aves

(Avian Leisure, Cape Town)

Sugarbirds come to feeders in South Africa


(Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Uganda)

Cinnyris erythrocercus, 'Red-chested Sunbird'. Found in open woodland, edge of wetlands and gardens in eastern Africa.

Chalcomitra senegalensis, 'Scarlet-chested Sunbird'. Found in moister woodlands and gardens across sub-Saharan Africa.

(Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Uganda)

Lagonosticta senegala, 'Red-billed Firefinch'.


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.


the easy life in the city makes you fat

Sciurus carolinensis, 'Eastern Grey Squirrels' from North America have been introduced into Cape Town.

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.