Thursday, 26 March 2015

WildEarth Adds Great Spirit Bluff Falcon Cam

The Raptor Resource Project's Great Spirit Bluff Falcon cam has been added to WildEarth.TV's growing list of live cams.

The cam features a nest box in Minnesota, used by Peregrine falcons since 2005. The current breeding pair, Michelle (P/87) and Travis (06/N), successfully fledged a male named Macintosh in the 2014 breeding season and have visited the site again this year. It is hoped the first egg will be laid by the first week of April 2015.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Lions clash with buffalo at Gowrie Dam on SafariLIVE

Just before the start of the AM drive on Sunday, March 8, Brent spotted most of the members of the Nkuhuma Pride and two of the Matimba Coalition males at Gowrie Dam. He stayed with the group for about an hour and a half while they slept and lazed about.

Scott then joined the sighting at 7:30am, spotting some buffalo headed in the lions' direction, and suspected that things were about to get interesting. But the lions remained unfazed by their presence. An hour later, one female suddenly had a change of heart, when a buffalo separated itself from the rest by the water's edge.

When the buffalo decided to have a lie down, she pounced, alerting the animal, who stood to face her. She kept her distance, sizing up the buffalo, but was chased off when another bull came to the first's aid. The rest of the lions then sensed the opportunity for them to make a kill and gradually made their way closer to the buffalo. They were having none of it, and chased the cats off again.

The lions soon realised that the buffalo were not having any of it and chose to spare themselves possible injury and move off. They made their way to Quarantine next, and en route a lioness managed to kill a tortoise. She successfully cracked open it's shell and fed on the reptile for a short while, then picked up the carcass and ran off to join the rest of her pride.

They encountered a kudu next, and made another attempt at hunting. They were quickly spotted out in the open by their would-be prey and evaded. It seemed like these cats were found wanting that day, but despite their blunders, they are successful hunters, as evidenced by their healthy condition.

It is certain, that the Matimbas and the Nkuhuma Pride will provide us with many more great sightings and entertaining drives on SafariLIVE in future.

Monday, 9 March 2015

An Amazing Wild Dog Sighting For the SafariLIVE Team

On March 3, we were treated to an amazing wild dog sighting, featuring Scott, Brent, Bryan and Andrew. With both vehicles on the road again, the team was able to track, follow and capture amazing footage of the fleet-footed pack of seven dogs.

The pack was first spotted on that day's AM drive, while Scott and Bryan were tracking a leopard. Thankfully, one of the dogs popped their head up from some tall grass and Scott spotted them. The dogs were lazily lying about, grooming and bonding with each other and didn't look to be going anywhere.

That afternoon Scott and Andrew went back to the area in Impala Plains where the dogs were that morning, and found them in more or less the same spot. They stayed at the sighting while Brent and Bryan were on the trail of Brent's first leopard sighting at Djuma.

While the leopard eluded Brent, the dogs slowly started waking up and preparing to move off. Scott gave the other team the signal to join them at the sighting. The dogs took off, excitedly greeting each other with high pitched calls. They went running off into some thicker vegetation, pausing to sniff the air and listen for potential threats or prey, then set off again. An elephant bull approached from where Scott was following and provided us with another great sighting.

The pack sniffed out some impala, causing much excitement. The dogs were off at a start, chasing them, splitting the herd, but did not make a kill. The pack came back together and continued their journey northwards.

Brent left the group tracking 'his favourite animal' to go searching for signs of the leopard again, while Scott followed the pack. The dogs ran off into some thicker vegetation again, making spotting them difficult. By sunset they had disappeared, ending an amazing sighting for the team and all who experienced it.