Monthly Archives: February 2012

Crowned Eagle feeding on Bushbuck carcass

Many of the summer migrants are back… the first White Storks have made their appearance after a long journey from Europe or Central Asia. In certain areas the White Stork is abundant, but we’ve noted here at Sibuya, that their numbers are declining on a yearly basis, probably due to compromised environment… collisions with power-lines, pesticides used for farming and human pressure due to hunting all take their toll.

The plaintive call of the Black Cuckoo, who returns to Southern Africa to breed, is now a daily occurance. From October to January, this secretive bird, parasitises the Southern Boubou by laying one matching egg in the host’s nest. Within two weeks, the egg hatches and in no time the Cuckoo nestling evicts the competition… either eggs or young and is brought up entirely by its hard-working surrogate parents.

A wonderful sighting recently was had by guests who came across a Bushbuck carcass on which a Crowned Eagle was feeding. An uncommon photographic opportunity for all.

Crowned Eagle feeding on a Bushbuck carcass

Sibuya Game Reserve

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve

Invasive Scotch Thistle

October and November have at last brought good rains to finally break the long drought. The dams have filled and the grass is growing but as usually happens in reserve management, with the advantages, there are also some disadvantages!

The flush of spring growth has brought with it an explosion of Scotch Thistle.  This aggressive weed came to South Africa from Scotland in the late eighteen eighties mixed in with the bales of horse feed imported for the British troops in the Boer war and has since spread throughout the Eastern Cape.

The seed can lie dormant in the soil for years and germinates wherever the soil is disturbed or whenever the grass is eaten right down by animals and then followed by heavy rain. This robust weed grows fast and very soon the attractive lilac flowers are visible everywhere. The elephants and the eland enjoy eating these flowers but even they can’t eat them fast enough. Pretty as they are, thistles are not indigenous, so we try to control them by mowing them down before the seeds are formed and scattered by the wind.

In answer to the guest who asked, when looking around at the reserve whilst on game drive… “Who does your landscaping?” we have to finally admit… sometimes we have to!

Sibuya Game Reserve

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve