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What’s in a name? by ranger, Jamie Sangster

Every single species of plant, animal and other type of living organism on earth has a Latin name. In fact, some only have a Latin name and no English or ‘common name’. It should be noted that about 70% of so-called Latin names are actually Greek or at best a combination of Greek and Latin! …
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No place like (a hornbill’s) home, by ranger Jamie Sangster

Grey (Tockus nasutus), Red (Tockus erythrorhynchus) and Yellow billed (Tockus flavirostris) hornbills have a unique and ingenious nesting strategy, involving remarkable trust and cooperation between a bonded pair of mating individuals. This bond is formed by prolonged and elaborate courtship displays involving gifts from the male enticing the female, to prove what a wonderful father …
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Birds of prey: Tawny Eagle

Dark Tawny Eagle The Tawny Eagle, scientifically known as Aquila rapax, is one of the most powerful birds of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. This is a large eagle although it is one of the smaller species in the Aquila genus. These birds are found in good numbers around Arathusa – they are permanent residents …
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Salayexe the leopard and the season of plenty

Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa. …
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The end of an era for Mvula the leopard

As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age, …
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Ground Hornbills make a kill, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Coming back from a very busy morning of exceptional game viewing, we came across 5 ground hornbills on the airstrip close to the camp. Approaching slowly so as not to cause any stress to the birds, we watched them from a comfortable distance as they moved across the strip looking for food. Ground hornbills are …
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The Grey-headed bushshrike, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Image courtesy of outdoorphoto.co.za The grey-headed bushshrike is a strongly built, medium-sized bird with a thick robust recurved beak. It is well-adapted to the skillful capture and killing of various types of prey. When preying on a snake, the grey-headed bushshrike usually grabs the snake from behind the head to avoid being bitten and envenomated …
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The Red Crested Bustard

Red Crested Bustard – Image courtesy of www.jacanaent.com The red-crested korhaan is near-endemic to southern Africa and is commonly found in a range of woodland habitats. It is omnivorous and feeds on invertebrates (especially termites, beetles and grasshoppers); and plant matter (seeds and fruit), foraging on the ground, picking up food items with its bill. …
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You never know what may be waiting around the corner, by ranger Sean Gilbert

After a good breakfast, we headed out for a bush walk to take a look at some of the smaller species that we usually miss when we are out on a gamedrive. The day was overcast and humid, so the birds were all vocal and giving a full chorus of whistles and clicks. Included in …
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Waiting for the rains…. By ranger Sean Gilbert

Its spring time here at Arathusa. The days are warming up, and the trees are beginning to bud. With the warmer temperatures and longer days, a lot of the small seasonal pans are drying up. This is great for all the birders who enjoy watching the fishing bird species. With the fish populations in the …
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