The wildebeest is an animal that looks like it was assembled from spare parts of other animals. The forequarters could have come from an ox, the hindquarters from an antelope and the mane and tail from a horse. Wildebeests, also called Gnus, are a genus of antelopes.
They inhabit the plains and open woodlands of parts of Africa, south of the Sahara. The black wildebeest is native to South Africa.
Zebras and wildebeest typically group together in open savanna. This strategy decreases each individual's chance of being hunted by predators.
Pelicans are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch. Contrary to popular belief, the pelican doesn't use it's pouch to store fish. Soon after catching it, they tip their head forward so the water can spill out and then they swallow the fish.
Pelicans have a large body, short legs, and large webbed feet. They are strong fliers despite their unusual build and they are excellent swimmers because of their feet, which help with propulsion and steering.
The Galapagos mockingbird is one of four species endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The mockingbird is a curious one, and not unafraid of humans. Their inquisitive nature and expressive features make them interesting subjects.
Recently, Avian Flu has been a significant contributor to the nesting failure of the mockingbird.
Great frigatebirds in the Galapagos are amazing birds to observe. The males have bright red "inflatable" patches of skin in their necks, which they inflate to resemble a large balloon to attract females.
They attack their prey in flight, and in one case I witnessed, followed in formation, as they relentlessly attacked a baby turtle nest.
South African Penguins, nesting at Boulders Beach, south of Cape Town.