Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sunrise in the Kokerboom Forest

The Quiver Tree Forest is a forest in Southern Namibia with quiver trees (Aloe dichotoma). It is a fascinating place, we were there early in the morning when there is a mystical atmosphere.

Aloe Forest Keetmanshoop

Kokerboom Woud

Shared with: My Sky, Ein Stück Himmel and Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lucky Fisher

A Malachite Kingfisher with a freshly caught fish.

A Malachite Kingfisher with a freshly caught fish.
 Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
 Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

White stingless (?) bees in the North of Ethiopia.



I saw these bees in Northern Ethiopia. They are stingless with white eyes and legs. The abdomen is black and white colored and their size is about 2 cm. I didn’t find out the species (Macrogalea or Amegilla??), but the bees seem to be local common.
They seem to live in small colonies on sandy soils. This colony is placed near to a small river where they build the beehive in a sandy substrate with only 15 to 20 cm thickness over massive rock. These bees are locally used for honey production by removing the honey from wild colonies. Local people told me that they can earn 0.5 to 1 kg per colony. The honey is used for medical purposes. 

 Some single bees near to the nest:
Stingless Bee Ethiopia


Stingless Bees


Stingless Bees Northern Ethiopia
The place with the hives:



Bees on the nest entrance:

Stingless bees

Stingless bee colony Ethiopia


Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Born

New born ...



... under this sky.




I saw it last week during field work in Ethiopia.

Linked with Ein Stück Himmel and Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Red-Billed Wood Hoopoe’s

Pair of Red-Billed Wood Hoopoe’s (Phoeniculus purpureus) try to rob a weaver bird nest in East Africa.

Red-Billed Wood Hoopoe Ethiopia

Red-Billed Wood Hoopoe East Africa

Phoeniculus purpureus


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