Monday, July 7, 2014

C4 Hides Update

The C4 hides at Mashatu Game Reserve are in full swing at the moment. The elephant hide has been teeming with bird life, everything ranging from guinea-fowls to fire-finches and parrots. As the great Matabole River slowly dries up the mammals on the reserve – especially the elephants – are becoming more and more dependent on the waterhole as their permanent source of water. Regular visitors this past month include impala, baboons, elephants and warthog, the more occasional visitor’s include vervet monkeys, eland, hyena, banded mongoose and lion.

Mashatu's towering giants having a drink at the elephant hide

Banded Mongoose, a more rare sighting at the hide
African Green Pigeon

The Striking Red-billed Firefinch
At the reflection hide bird list is growing rapidly. The buntings have really dominated the hide in the past month – with regular visits from the golden breasted, lark-like and cinnamon breasted. In the months to follow we should most certainly have a variety of new visitors to the reflection hide as the water levels around the reserve continue to decrease.

Bathing Cape Glossy Starling

Regular visitors at the reflection hide include the Golden Breasted Bunting
By Ruth Nussbaum

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