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Noteworthy Sightings on Sibuya Game Reserve

BATELEURS (Terathopius ecaudarus) – by Chris and guests. Numerous sightings. One of which was a battle for possession of a snake… high above them, a YELLOWBILLED KITE (Milvus migrans) was attempting to reclaim his prey!

REDBILLED OXPECKERS (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) – by Chris, Bryan and guests near Twin Dams.

NARINA TROGONS (Apaloderma narina) – by Kerrow, Bryan, Chris and guests in the thick forest. Various sightings.


Buffalo Billy observes us from the safety of his mother’s side!

AARDWOLF (Proteles cristatus) – a solitary nocturnal animal seldom seen. Justin observed this secretive animal while on rhino-watch.

CARACALS ( Felis caracal) – three different animals seen by Kerrow, Chris, and Nick during the day. Unusual sightings as they are generally nocturnal and very secretive!


This magnificant caracal stayed long enough to give us a bold stare!

AFRICAN CIVET (Civettictis civetta) an extremely rare and interesting sighting captured on a rhino-watch security camera. Has this solitary nocturnal animal ever been seen in this area before? We are unable to find anyone to verify this. Its usual range is far to the north of SIBUYA. Let’s hope this one stays!

BARN OWLS (Tyto alba) – spotted by Welcome, Ella, and Nick. Nesting in a hole with a view… high up in the Kariega River bank between Forest and River Camp… they have a lovely vantage point from which to watch life going by on the river below.

ELEPHANTS SWIMMING – a wonderful play session in the dam at Long Camp, thoroughly enjoyed  by Chris and guests.


Two young Ele’s enjoying some water sports!

RHINO GIVING BIRTH – a once in a life-time experience seen by Justin during his nightly rhino-watch duties. Wow! We have another new baby… two in one month… how lucky is that!!


When you’re a day old rhino calf, the world’s
pretty big, scary and also very interesting!

From Carol and the SIBUYA TEAM, we thank you for your support and congratulate all those of you who chose to celebrate their Special Occasions with us… WEDDINGS, BIRTHDAYS and ANNIVERSARIES! We wish you many happy memories to treasure and years ahead filled with joyous adventures!

We hope to see you all back here again…  remember… “SIBUYA! WE WILL RETURN!”

Special thanks to Chris Ovens for the use of his great photographs

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

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Feathers

During the early summer months, the migrants arrived and we noted again how few WHITE STORKS (Ciconia ciconia) made SIBUYA their stopover point. EUROPEAN ROLLERS (Coracias garrulus) were disappointingly absent this last season. Industrious nest building took place among many of our feathered friends and some species were observed tirelessly feeding nestlings. The AFRICAN HOOPOE (Upupa africana) really has to be admired for its efforts! Those broods were constantly ravenous….. fortunately food was abundant after the wonderful rains but the hard-working adults were still at it from dawn to dusk!


European Roller

A pair of AFRICAN FISH EAGLES (Haliaeetus vocifer) were fussing over their juvenile off-spring and guests to SIBUYA were regularly treated to sightings along the magnificent Kariega River Estuary as they went by on many a cruise.


African Fish Eagle

The most noteworthy sighting during early December was by our newly arrived guide, Chris Ovens. While out with his guests, he spotted a raptor without a tail and wondered how this had happened. Luckily he had his camera handy and took a photograph because he was not sure of what he was seeing, only having arrived from up north a day or two before, he was not familiar with our local birds. Checking facts later, he was amazed to note that the bird was a BATELEUR (Terathopius ecaudatus) and indeed a juvenile but way beyond its “normal” range! The Rarities Committee are delighted and so are we all at SIBUYA as there are two birds, not only one as thought before and sightings are taking place almost daily! As their adult plumage only appears when they are 7 or 8 years old… we eagerly await seeing if they’re a pair and if so, hope that they’ll choose to make SIBUYA their home!


Bateleur Eagles

Another great sighting by Chris was two REDBILLED OXPECKERS (Buphagus erythrorhynchus), which also have not been seen in the area for a couple of years. A number of Reserves in the Eastern Cape have attempted to re-introduce them, so we’re delighted that they’ve found their way to SIBUYA! They were enjoying a quiet feast on ticks while sitting on the back of a rhino… long may they stay!


Red Billed Oxpecker

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

Sibuya Bateleur Eagles

Causing a great stir at Sibuya at the moment are a “pair” of immature Bateleur Eagles (Terathopius ecaudatus). The Eastern Cape used to be part of their range but they disappeared years ago, so the Rarities Committee are also extremely excited by their appearance here on the 4th December 2011!

Bateleur Eagle

These magnificent raptors only get their mature plumage when they’re about 7/8 years old, so at this stage we’re not sure if they’re potentially a breeding pair… we’re hoping they are & that they’ll decide to make Sibuya their home! We’ll keep you posted!

Bateleur Eagle

 

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