An oribi count was conducted on the reserve on Sunday 14 October. Participants included: Andrew Ferendinos and Penny Reeves (stationed in Camp 5); Nick and Janet Klapport (stationed in Camp 4), Janet and Tim Snow (stationed in camp 10), Ann Burke (Camp 3); Dawie Scholtz (driver) and Atholl Midgley (passenger). A total of 11 individual oribi were counted: 3 in Camp 5; 2 in Camp 4; 5 in Camp 9 and 1 in Camp 1. In addition, a single blesbok was observed by Janet and Tim Snow. The grasslands were filled with flowers – Dierama, Kniphofia, Delospermum, Gerbera, Helicrysum, Graderia scabra.
Notable wildlife sightings: Female Reedbuck with calf on reserve road adjacent to Camp 6. (1 October); male Spur-wing goose observed at south end of wetland in Camp 5 and later in the afternoon a male Spur-wing was observed wading and drinking in the damlet (3 October); 2 female bushbuck and one juvenile at edge of gum plantation (8 October); three Blue Cranes flew over reserve from the west and landed in Camp 5 and two female oribi observed in Camp 7 (10 October); and a pair of oribi in Camp 5 on 11 and 17 October.
Wattled Crane Pair; On 2 October, the behaviour of the adult cranes indicated the pair were tending to a chick (pair within close proximity to each other, moving slowly and female making repeated head-down movements) in Camps 4 or 9A on 6, 7, 11, 14 October. On 19 October, the chick was clearly observed walking between the two adults in the seep below the dam in Camp 4 and in Camp 9A on 30 October.
Submitted by Ann Burke, Director of the KZN Crane Foundation.
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