Monthly Archives: August 2014

African Barred Owlet Facts

Occurs from southern Kenya and Tanzania to southern DRC, Angola, Zambia and southern Africa. Within southern it is locally common in north-eastern Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and north-eastern South Africa. It generally prefers woodland with sparse undergrowth, especially miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, usually with a river or stream nearby. There have been some sightings in the Eastern Cape, but they are seldom seen and there are no signs of breeding activities.

A beautiful golden-yellow eyed AFRICAN BARRED OWLET was spotted by Chris and guests while out on late game drive on Sibuya.

It mainly feeds on invertebrates, supplemented with birds, small mammals and reptiles.

It usually nests in tree hollows, which can be up to about 6 metres above ground. It sometimes visit the nest by day, carrying feathers and leaves, which are presumed to be lining for the nest.

It lays 2-3 eggs in the period from August-October.

Incubation is presumed to be done solely by the female for 28-34 days. It can be extremely stubborn about not leaving the nest, so much so that one can stroke and touch it without protest.

The chicks are brooded for 14 days by the female, after which both sexes hunt. The chicks are sometimes fed as many as 40 meals in six hours by both parents. The brood leave the nest after 32-33 days, after which they live in the vicinity of the nest. At about 42 days old, they learn to fly and become fully independent.

Locally threatened in the Eastern Cape, where the subspecies G. c. capense occurs. This subspecies used to occur in KwaZulu-Natal, but since retreated to isolated areas in the Eastern cape.

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 the Garden Route, 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

Sibuya offers team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

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Bateleur Facts

The Bateleur eagle is the most famous of the snake eagles. Bateleur is French for ‘tightrope-walker’. This name was probably chosen because of its distinctive aerial acrobatics.

A “pair” of immature Bateleur Eagles (Terathopius ecaudatus) spotted on Sibuya Game Reserve

The bateleur has exceptionally long wings and a short tail, so that its feet extend beyond the tail in flight. The bateleur’s brown eyes are surrounded by facial skin that is a strikingly bright red, and devoid of feathers. As if to give a sense of artistic balance, the legs are the same brilliant red as the face. The female’s upperwing-coverts are brown, while the secondary flight feathers are mainly grey.

Bateleur eagles spend 8-9 hours each day in the air looking for food. Their diet includes antelope, mice, birds, snakes, carrion, lizards and especially road kills.

A female will lay a single egg in a nest that sits in a large tree, which offers protection. Mother incubates the egg while father collects food and sticks for the nest. After an incubation period of 52-59 days, the baby Bateleur eagle hatches. 110 days later, the hatchling will leave the nest, but will continue to receive food from its parents for another 100 days. Only 2% of chicks make it to adulthood.

The Bateleur eagle is found throughout Africa south of the Sahara. It prefers tree and bush savanna.

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 the Garden Route, 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

Sibuya offers team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.