Madikwe Moments Blog
Well, the Madikwe March summer rains have finally subsided and April only bought 2 or 3 small downpours. The bush is still lovely and green with a lot of surface water remaining in form of water puddles & fabulous mud wallows which the animals are enjoying before they totally dry up.
Brood Parasites are birds that lay their eggs in other species nests and let that species act as a foster parent to raise their chicks. The benefit of this is to lay multiple eggs in multiple nests which greatly increases the chances of more offspring being raised till adult hood, rather than spending all their time and energy raising one clutch of chicks.
A little while ago a large male giraffe with a badly broken leg was spotted not far from one of the dams on Madikwe. When the reserve management went to assess the situation the Giraffe had succumbed to his severe injury. So a small road was created for the game viewers to approach the carcass and then the waiting began. Who will get there first?
We welcome Brett & Claire Bayman who have recently joined Jaci’s Lodges, Madikwe as the new General Management couple. They come to Jaci’s Lodges from Livingstone, Zambia
Many species of antelope as well as the Cape Buffalo will have horns, either both sexes will support them or just the males.
When Lucky arrived at the Jaci’s Safari Lodge swing bridge entrance yesterday he found it most strange that there were no other guides or their vehicles in the area.
Jaci’s Lodges Field Guides report - March 2014
The month of March started of as the wettest month of the season so far with over 300mm falling in the first 10 days. Never the less our guests did not let the weather dampen there spirits and soldiered on through the rain in search of wildlife.
On the note of wildlife, the rain has not affected it, with excellent sighting of lions, rhinos and elephant seen on a daily basis. Even our usually elusive leopards ...
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Well there are 3 theories and 1 proven case.
The first theory is that because most mammals are colour blind including predators, they see in different shades of grey.
We always love to know what’s happening out in the bush while we are back in the lodge working or sleeping at night so we decided to invest in a camera trap which works on a motion sensor that picks up movement as animals walk past it. It then takes 3 pictures in 5 second intervals. At night the camera has an infra red flash ...