|A radio-active Eland (Eland - Tragelaphus oryx) at Koeberg|
Not only is Koeberg the only nuclear power plant in South Africa, but apparently it is also the only one on the continent.
I've heard rumors about not being allowed to take photographs of the building (for "safety reasons"), but I'll take my chances and post these photographs nonetheless. I'm sure it will be fine. You can't even make out any details of the structure. It's also easy enough to find much better photos of the buildings online, even from the official website. (If my next blog post comes to you from a jail cell, then at least you will know why.)
|Caracal (Rooikat - Caracal caracal) heading "towards the light"|
The lights in the background are the spotlights from the power station.
Most of the land along the coastline has been lost to development or invasive aliens, and thanks to the power plant this small nature reserve now plays an important part in protecting the unique vegetation found along the West coast.
Caracal are quite common in the reserve and my latest batch of trail camera images contained this tantalizing photograph.
|A Caracal at work|
The photograph above shows a Caracal, on the left, stalking a Cape Gerbil. You can see the Gerbil's eye reflecting on the right, the white dot. Unfortunately the camera trap didn't capture another photograph to show what happened.
As a consolation prize I can give you a better view of a Cape Gerbil. I photographed this individual, below, a few month earlier, about 150m from where the above photo was taken.
|Cape Gerbil (Kaapse Springmuis - Tatera afra) coming out of its burrow|
And this fellow more recently, about 200m yonder.
|The Cape Gerbil are common on the open grassy sections of the reserve|