Over the past 2 weeks here at Mashatu Game Reserve, there has been a huge influx in bird species as all the migratory birds start returning for the season. This change has brought the underground hide some special new faces in the form of a variety of cuckoo species. Knowing that this festival of cuckoos at the hide has a very fragile time limit, photographers visiting the hide have been going wild at the opportunity. As soon as the first solid rain falls arrive in the area the concentration of cuckoos will disperse around the reserve.
This far spotted at the hide: Klaas’s Cuckoo, African Cuckoo, Diderick Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Levaillant’s Cuckoo and Jacobin Cuckoo.
Heard at the hide, but not yet seen: Red-chested Cuckoo
Also seen at the hide: Burchell’s and Senegal Coucal.
|Great Spotted Cuckoo take off|
|Great Spotted Cuckoo pair|
|Cuckoo and Vervet Monkey|
|African Cuckoo in flight|
|Klaas's Cuckoo in flight|
Text by: Ruth Nussbaum
Photographs by: Kyle de Nobrega