We have been featured in the news once more! See the article on the IOL website here.
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Spring is in the air at Umkhumbi Lodge. The birds are singing and soar through the air as they fly in search of nest building materials. One such bird is the Sunbird. Using spiderwebs to secure their nest materials the Sunbirds ensure that their eggs have the very best chance of survival.
In the video below you can observe the female sunbird adding grasses to her nest.
Well guys and girl, summer is now here, at least for us!
After a number of snake call-outs in the area we decided that the snakes were on the move making it road cruise time!
It was quite a quiet cruise with only one snake, sadly Dead on Road (DOR)
A real shame as it was a beautiful male puff adder.
But we did find plenty of sleeping chameleons, although we only harrassed one with the camera flash.
And loads of frogs!! This greater leaf-folding frog we brought home to take a photo of this morning.
But we also found lots of other frogs such as Rubber frog, shovel-nosed frog and a few of what we believe to be guttural toads.
For the furry fans out there, we also saw grey duiker, bushbabies, and a spotted eagle owl!
Things are hotting up here in the KwaZulu Natal, so the snakes should be moving soon. This means the next cruise can only get better!
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a good weekend?
Our motion detect, night vision cameras (supplied to us by Brickhouse Security) have unfortunately not caught the Leopard whose tracks we found last week.
But what they did catch was even better!
Servals are reclusive and sightings are very rare, but thanks to the cameras we were able to capture this footage of the Serval here at our Hluhluwe accommodation near to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve in South Africa.
So, I hear you ask. How do we know that the Leopard tracks do not belong to the Serval? Well, we have found the Serval tracks and they are much smaller than the Leopard tracks, so there are definitely two different African cats at Umkhumbi Lodge.
Well, the day has finally come where we say goodbye to Gizmo.
In case you missed it, Gizmo was one of the original snakes in our telemetry research project. Unfortunately Gizmo was just a little too small and did not react well to the telemetry unit after the Surgery. There was only one thing to do, let Gizmo go without the transmitter. So back into surgery a few days later, the transmitter was removed and Gizmo returned with us to convalesce.
Gizmo has been getting stronger by the day and has even managed to put on enough weight to shed! So we thought it high time we let him go once more in the bush.
At first he seemed reluctant to leave his Hluhluwe hotel (namely the garage atUmkhumbi Lodge but then instinct got the better of him and he was off.
After a brief stop in the water – which judging by the speed he left it was cold!! – he ducked into the long grasses to hide from the sun.
Be careful Gizmo!
New discovery at Umkhumbi Lodge today! On our daily fence patrol today we spotted Leopard tracks in the sand leading into our bushland. This explains the mystery as to why we had multitudes of Nyala (we didn’t even realise we had that many) on the path to and around the rooms this morning.
Being sensible creatures (at times) they were trying their hardest not to be where the Leopard is lurking.
We have set up a camera trap, so we hope to get some pictures to share with you soon!