Category Archives: Birds

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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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 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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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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The Hamerkop, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Photo credit: Wikipedia A hamerkop is easily identified through its uniform flat brown colour and very unique hammer shaped head. It is almost always found at the water’s edge, where it finds the majority of its food. The hamerkop will wade in the shallows, sometimes churning the mud with its feet and sifting with its …
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Possible new Residents at Arathusa, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Winter is here. The trees have dropped their leaves and the bush is thinning nicely. Over the past two weeks we have been lucky enough to enjoy good sightings of a pair of secretary birds. They were viewed in several different locations, all big open areas perfect for their style of hunting. With their long …
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The Pearl Spotted owlet, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Pearl-Spotted Owlet The Pearl Spotted owlet is one of the smallest owls that we see here at Arathusa. It’s identified by its white breast with mottled brown blotches, and has as a brown back with lots of pearl spots (hence its name). It also possesses two distinct black spots on the back of its head. …
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The architects of the bush, by ranger Sean Gilbert

Weavers are the architects of the bush. They vary in size and colour, but they all possess the extraordinary skill required to build beautiful nests in different shapes and sizes. The most common weaver at Arathusa is the southern masked weaver, which builds tightly woven oval shaped nests. To the west of South Africa, the …
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