- Category: Nature
- Published on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:18
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The Animal of the Week records provides an indication of increase or decrease of animal biodiversity. A selection is made of new or rarer species sited.
Most animals will be birds which are easier to detect and at the same time providing a good indication of availability of insects, which presence reflects diversity of food available.
Hyena Foot Prints
The spotted hyena has been a regular visitor over the years at Pugu Hills Nature Centre. The most memorable event being a young hyena who was found unconcious and could not even be reanimated by the sense of a chicken bone in front of his nose. Early next morning he was collected by four adults and dissappeared?
The print of this hyena is more recent (19 May 2012) than the above event which took place some years back.
It has always been difficult to distinguish between the hyenas from the wildlife traders in the area where they can escape under the chicken wire and the wild ones. This latest visit seems to be from free hyenas who also left foot prints along the Mackinnon road
The guests do not need to worry about the hyena visits who are renowed for their cowardness in African tales and studies. You can click on the image to enlarge it and you can distinguish the nail impression which is typical for these dog-like scavangers.
Trapped in the house for the best Nature Photography
|The bird trapped in the house during Eastern holiday was very similar to the previous "animal of the week" (Grey Cuckoo). We could have a case here, the fact that the Grey Cuckoo birds were definitly in a flock which is not the habit of the Lead-coloured Flycatcher gives us the benefit of the doubt.|
A favourite branch for birds
|There is a branch of the Long pod Cassia which provides a good view on the nature pool at Pugu Hills. It is also comfortably close to the restaurant deck for photographing. The branch has been visited by the long tailed comorant, bee-eaters and rollers among the more colorful birds. This lovely picture (credit to Maisha) is a Broad-billed Roller with the Long pod Cassia blossom in the background.|
Mystery Singing Rat finally solved
|For many years we have tried to get a glimpse of the singing "rat" (Kiswahili Panja), as it was described by the nightwatchmen. With a sound close to the squirel song but definitly only at night, we never managed to track down the vocalist, while it was too far, too late or too dark, until last Friday (10/02/2012). Close to the house it could not be missed it eventually exposed itself in the flashlight. A tiny galago (bush baby) able to walk along the bottomside of the tree branch and incredibly agile. No photographs yet nor sound tracks, but we are hopeful it was the Rondo dwarf galalogo. One of 25 top most endangered primates in the world may have found a safe heaven at Pugu Hills with some hope for an improved environment if the present measures to protect the Pugu Forest, start bearing fruits.|
Spotted Eagle Owl
|This big owl of some 50 cm height is resting around the football field at daytime and will fly away when somebody is passing on the nature trail|
|In the absence of the scientific name the general swahili description of a caterpillar is used. Ku-washa means "burn" or "light" from light the fire. The hair of this caterpillar could be stinging.|