Welcome to the 25th edition of Shalati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be looking at the Pearl Spotted Owlet. There is resident breeding pairs on Shakati, and is regularly seen in the tress. This article contains some interesting facts about this owl.
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Welcome to the 24th edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Greater Kudu. These are the majestic warriors of the bush, and have the ability to melt away into the bush.
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Welcome to the 23rd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Coqui Francolin. If you stand still for long enough in the bush, you will see the bush come alive. And if you are really lucky, you will see the elusive Coqui Francolin.
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #23 – COQUI FRANCOLIN
Welcome to the 22nd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the African Grey Hornbill. Its distinctive call makes the bush seems alive with sound, and thus makes it one of the most sought after birds at Shakati Private Game Reserve. The African Grey Hornbill is a very frequent visitor to Shakati.
You can usually hear the African Grey Hornbill by its piping pee-o pee-o pee-o call.
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #22 – AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL
Welcome to the 21st edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this special edition we will be sharing exciting news, and share where are the most popular birding sites on Shakati.
Inclusion in Birdlife South Africa
It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.
Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.
This means that Shakati has been recognized in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation
. Continue reading BUSH FACTS #21 – BIRDING HOTSPOTS
Welcome to the Twentieth edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on one of our feathered night friends – the Fiery Necked Nightjar. It’s distinctive and frequently uttered call is rendered as ‘good-lord-deliver-us’, and thus makes one of the most beautiful night sounds at Shakati.
The Fiery Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) is identified in Robert’s 7th edition: bird number 405 and commonly known by the following names:
Afrikaanse naguil [Afrikaans]; Udebeza [Xhosa]; uZavolo (also applied to European nightjar) [Zulu]; Rumbamba (generic term for nightjar) [Kwangali]; Leuwauwe [North Sotho]; Datiwa (generic name for nightjar) [Shona]; Malwelwe (generic term for nightjar) [Swazi]; Kubhasti (generic term for nightjar) [Tsonga]; Leubauba, Mmapheke, Tshogwi (all 3 are generic terms for nightjar) [Tswana]; Roesthalsnachtzwaluw [Dutch]; Engoulevent musicien [French]; Rotnacken-nachtschwalbe [German]; Noitibó-de-pescoço-dourado [Portuguese]
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #20 – FIERY NECKED NIGHTJAR
Welcome to the nineteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill.
The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is known by several names, which includes:
Geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Suidelike geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Rukoko (generic term for hornbills with red or yellow bills) [Kwangali]; Goto, Hoto (generic names for hornbill) [Shona]; Nkorho (generic term for smaller hornbills) [Tsonga]; Kôrwê [Tswana]; Geelsnaveltok [Dutch]; Calao leucomèle [French]; Gelbschnabeltoko [German]; Calau-de-bico-amarelo [Portuguese]
Robertson’s Bird ID: 459
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #19 – SOUTHERN YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL
Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on our famous Giraffes. Giraffes are fascinating animals due to its massive size, and in this article we will shed some light on some of the details around them.
Where does the name Giraffe come from?
The Giraffe name was first used in Arabia and comes from the word zarāfah meaning fast-walker. The Italians used the name giraffe around 1590s and the English name was used from around 1600 and were derived from Camelopard which were a combination of Greek words meaning camel and leopard.
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #18 – GIRAFFE’S
Welcome the seventeenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be looking at the Savannahs’ of Shakati. Shakati have several savannah plains, which includes: Blesbok plain, Elands Hoogte, Impala Plain, Koedoes vlakte, River Plain and Wildebeest plain.
What is a Savannah?
The word Savannah comes from the latin name Zauana, and was first used by a Englishman Peter Martyr, which reported it as the local name for the plain around Comagre, the court of the cacique Carlos in present-day Panama.
A savannah consists of a mixed woodland grassland ecosystem. The trees or bush are sufficiently widely spaced so that the canopy does not close. A Savannah consist thus of primarily grass where animals can freely move around, and graze on an unbroken herbaceous layer consisting primarily of grasses. The savannah is a grassland ecosystem characterized wildly spaced trees with an open canopy covering approximately 20% or the earth surface area Continue reading BUSH FACTS #17 – SHAKATI’S SAVANNAHS
Welcome to the sixteenth edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this edition we will be focusing on Shakati’s location, Plant communities/habitats, and animal life, food and water habits. We focus on the environment as this is an essential part of our ecosystem
The reserve is located close to the southern turning circle at an altitude of approx. 1000-1100 meters. The annual rainfall is approx. 600 mm. / Year, which falls in the summer period October-March, while the period April-September is dry. The underground is sandstone / sandy soil up to 7 km depth. In summer the day / night temperature is around 30/20 while day / night the temperature in winter is 20/5 degrees. Continue reading BUSH FACTS #16 – SHAKATI’S ECOSYSTEM