Pilanesberg Birds – 2

Hamerkop

  • It gets its name from the shape of its head.
  • They build very large nests usually in the fork of a tree.
  • They walk in shallow water looking for prey which consists of amphibians, fish, shrimp, insects and rodents.

White-fronted bee-eater

  • They nest in small colonies, digging holes in mud banks
  • Their diet is made up primarily of bees but they also eat other insects
  • They will catch a bee and then rub it against a branch in order to remove the sting

Pin-tailed whydah

  • The males have a long tail and striking black and white colouration in order to attract females.
  • They don’t build their own nests as they are brood parasites laying their eggs in the nests of other birds such as waxbills.
  • Even though they are small they can be quite cheeky and will chase other birds away from a food source.

The traffic and roadblocks we deal with…Bush Roadblocks

In the city there is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic after a long day. In the bush we deal with traffic and road blocks of a different kind. I’m sure all the guides will agree that a Bush roadblock is a much better roadblock to be stuck in.

Here are some of the roadblocks we have experienced while on Game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park.

Come and join us on one of our Game drives where you to can see some Bush roadblocks : 
https://www.mankwegametrackers.co.za/game-drives-mankwe-gametrackers-sun-city/safaris/game-drives/

The cats are out!

The last week has definitely been a cat week in Pilanesberg.  Lots of cats!!! We have had some remarkable big cat sightings while out on game drive from Lions to cheetahs and even the elusive Leopards. Here are some of the big cats we would like to share with you.

Pride of lions on a kill, seen while on afternoon game drive.

The three cheetah brothers have been seen a few times over the last couple of days.

Lions and leopards rock jumping, same place on different days.

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