Top 20 – July 2014

After sifting through many beautiful photographs taken here at Mashatu I have finally managed to select (with great difficulty), our first ‘Top 20’. Please keep those images streaming in for next month’s selections, and well done to all those who’s pictures featured in this month’s Top 20.                    …

One For the Birders

Although summer feels as though it is centuries away as well as the beautiful migrant birds that come with it, the bird life at the underground hide has been outstanding in the past few months.  Our “seen at the underground hide” bird list for the year has reached approximately 60 species, and is growing every…

Rutting Season

The rutting season is upon us. And with it comes the battle for the strongest, best looking, biggest horned, and most agile Impala.   The bush is filled with ‘roars’ this time of year, but not that of the big and hairy, the roars of dominant male impala. As a male impala seeks  the attention from a…

Fish

The longest standing member to the Mashatu Family is field guide, Fish. Fish has worked at Mashatu for 34 years, starting his career in the bush in the anti-poaching patrol unit.  His love for the bush and the conserving wildlife of Botswana is what drove Fish to dedicate his career and life to the cause.…

The Cuckoo Con

Brood parasitism is another one of nature’s cruel yet clever survival tactics, and the cuckoo is one of its biggest culprits. Out and about in the field one day we came across a very peculiar relationship – a Meves Starling feeding a juvenile Greater Spotted Cuckoo. The cuckoo twice the size of the exhausted starling…