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Great egret

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret or (in the Old World) great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. It builds tree nests in colonies close to water and commonly seen on the banks of the Kariega River on the Sibuya Game Reserve.

Description

The great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage.  Apart from size, the great egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season.  It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. The great egret walks with its neck extended and wings held close. The great egret is not normally a vocal bird; it gives a low hoarse croak when disturbed, and at breeding colonies, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk and higher-pitched squawks.

Distribution and conservation

The great egret is generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range, occurring worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. The species adapts well to human habitation and can be readily seen near wetlands and bodies of water in urban and suburban areas.

Diet

The great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

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Cape creeper scorpion

Description and Habitat

While on a game drive on Sibuya Game Reserve we found this species of scorpion (Opisthacanthus capensis). With its robust chelae (pincers), dark brown to black in colour, turning green when under cover for some time – this scorpion is ground-dwelling, and found mainly in moist habitats in dense vegetation, forests, hiding under bark and rocks.

Diet

This species features in the diets of the bat-eared fox, the yellow mongoose and the small grey mongoose, just to mention a few.

Venom

Its venom contains powerful neurotoxins and cytotoxins, the venom from this species is largely composed of melittin which stimulates the release of the enzyme phospholipase A2 causing inflammation and pain.

Sibuya Forest Camp Upgrade

Tucked away in a secluded nook of the forest overlooking the River, is this very inviting swing seat. Comfortably positioned, there is tremendous appeal in the idea of spending time having a little siesta or listening to shy feathered friends in the surrounding forest or quietly waiting for a timid antelope to appear on the opposite river bank. Just absorbing the tranquillity of Sibuya is marvellous therapy in itself…. come share the magic…

 

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.

Southern double-collared sunbird

This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. The southern double-collared sunbird breeds from April to December, depending on region. The closed oval nest is constructed from grass, lichen and other plant material, bound together with spider webs. It has a side entrance which sometimes has a porch, and is lined with wool, plant down and feathers.

The southern double-collared sunbird (as seen in the photo captured below while walking about in the Sibuya Game Reserve) is usually seen singly or in small groups. Its flight is fast and direct on short wings. It lives mainly on nectar from flowers, but takes some fruit, and, especially when feeding young, insects and spiders. It can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perches to feed most of the time.

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird

The call is a hard chee-chee, and the song is high pitched jumble of tinkling notes, rising and falling in pitch and tempo for 3–5 seconds or more.

Wildlife on Sibuya Game Reserve

There was great excitement when SIBUYA brought in two new superbBUFFALO BULLS (Syncerus caffer) to boost the gene pool. Fortunately the re-location went extremely well… a huge relief as things can go very wrong in a flash when dealing with wild animals.

These two studs came from the arid Free State where there has been a long drought, so heads down and grazing… we don’t think they’d ever seen so much grass! One of them has proved to be elusive in the extreme and has only appeared briefly twice to seemingly check his harem. Even though the herd seemed to accept him without much ado, he disappeared into the thicket again. We’re not sure what he’s up to, but he seems to have chosen to be a loner and thankfully according to reports, is looking fat and flourishing.


ONE OF OUR NEW BUFFALO STUD BULLS


ELEPHANT BULL ON WALK ABOUT

A couple of months ago two of the Big 5 Species – ELEPHANTS (Loxodonta Africana) and the BUFFALOES (Syncerus caffer) suddenly decided to cross over the Kariega River Estuary for the first time and go exploring the south-western side of SIBUYA. The two largest bull ELEPHANTS arrived on the doorstep of FOREST CAMP during the night and gave everyone heart-stopping moments while noisily crashing down trees and undergrowth as they guzzled.

Until they realized that they weren’t under attack by aliens, everyone in Camp was on edge. Bryan shone his torch in the direction of the ‘attack’ and when the intruders were identified, everyone burst out laughing and relaxed considerably! What an experience!

The BUFFALO herd, who had also gone on walk-about were found days later contentedly lying in the grass on a hillside, taking the breezes and chewing their cud as they seemed to admire the view of the sparkling Ocean in the distance.

What a lovely life!

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.

Summer flowers on Sibuya Game Reserve

Early December saw many beautiful flowers everywhere… banks of cheerful yellow CANARY WEED (Senecia)PLUMBAGO (Plumbago auriculata)WEEPING BRIDE’S BUSH (Pavetta lanceolata) and CAPE HONEYSUCKLE (Tecomaria capensis) lined the roadsides making magnificent displays interwoven with various creeping species ofJASMINUM.

Along one of the walkways in FOREST CAMP, a PELAGONIUM ACRAEUM had scrambled high into a RIVER EUPHORBIA (Euphorbia triangularis) along with a sky-blue PLUMBAGO making a very pretty sight.

In the forested areas of SIBUYA, one could see CAPE CHESTNUTS (Calodendrum capense))COAST CORAL-TREES (Erythrina caffra),QUAR (Psydrax obvata) and various BOER-BOON TREES (Schotia) in flower.

On the ground, the CORAL ALOES (Aloe striata- sub-species komaggasensis)) and ‘WHITE’ CRASSULA (Crassula alba) were making a blazing statement in the brightest vermillion in various nooks and crannies.


WEEPING BRIDE’S BUSH IN FULL FLOWER


BRIGHT VERMILLION OF THE CRASSULA ALBA

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.