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GAME DRIVE DIARIES, NOVEMBER 1-14, 2014

Elephant bull KwalataWe had good rains the last few days & with it came a Bachelor group of elephants, buffalo and red hartebeest. The bachelor group consist of 3 big bulls and one teenage bull.

The teenage bull showed us an unusual behaviour where he dug out a African potato and went down on his knees to pick it up with his lips and started eating the potato in front of us as he was crossing the road. They spend the day in the area breaking trees and enjoy mud bath around one our dams. Imperial truck rental enjoyed the sighting of this bachelor group.
The bird life continue to increase and their calls amazing. The fighting between different species continues as we watched a Grey headed bush shrike get mobbed by two black backed puffbacks. The grey headed bush shrike managed to escape to his nest which left the puffbacks frustrated.

Our ostrich are still incubating their nest and it seems they have learned how to manage the annoying black backed jackals. The black backed jackals also have had 4 pups very nice to see the young jackals playing around their den.

Sightings of the week
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Zebra (Equus quagga)
Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama or A. caama)
Black backed jackal (Canis mesomelas)
Water buck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
Blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Bushpig (Potamochoerus porcus)
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Grey headed bush shrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)
Black backed puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
Crimson breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus)
Crowned lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)
Blacksmith lapwing (Vanellus armatus)

elephant bullEland heard

Buffalo & Cattle egret
Buffalo & Cattle egret

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