Sightings of Interest
An exciting one! A BROWN SNAKE-EAGLE (Circaetus cinereus) has been sighted recently on a regular basis by Mike, Chris and their guests while game driving Long Camp. As yet we don't have a picture to publish for you because the conditions haven't been ideal for photography lately but hopefully Chris will oblige soon! This bird, although a nomad, is way south of its usual range, so as soon as we have the visual proof, the serious “twitchers” in the area will be notified.
Not a common resident at SIBUYA, the buzzard-sized BOOTED EAGLE (Aquila pennatus) has been sighted regularly over the last couple of weeks by Mike and his guests.
An incredible sight was a flock of fourteen TRUMPETER HORNBILLS (Bycanistes bucinator), a couple of beautiful AFRICAN GREEN-PIGEONS (Treron calvus) and some KNYSNA TURACOS (LOURIES) (Tauraco corythaix) all clambering about in an enormous dense COMMON WILD FIG TREE (Ficus burkei) while feasting on ripe figs... what a bonus! At the moment there is an abundance of fruit around as the WILD OLIVE (Olea europaea, sub-species Africana) and a number of other trees are also providing plentiful food for fruit-loving birds. Great sightings are numerous at present.
Great excitement! A SPOTTED HYENA (Crocuta crocuta), which has not been a resident animal at SIBUYA, has appeared in pics taken at night by the RHINO WATCH CAMERAS. This “stranger” has been seen by Bryan and his guests during a late afternoon game drive and is apparently a rather tatty specimen as its missing an ear and the other one looks a bit tattered and torn… obviously the result of a fight!
The newly arrived Spotted Hyena
A beautiful golden-yellow eyed AFRICAN SCOPS OWL (Otus senegalensis) was spotted by Chris and guests while out on late game drive…a very lucky sighting as they’re not common in our area.
The rarely sighted Scops Owl