Estes, in his book ‘The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals’, briefly describes yawning as a threat display and includes a line drawing showing the behaviour where two rivals stand face to face with their mouths wide open. Another reference suggests that this is a way for two bulls to size each other up. What is
Some antelope such as Impala are very vocal, particularly in the breeding season. Kudu and Nyala both have very loud alarm barks. But what about the much smaller Common Duiker? We have a resident pair living around our home in Raptor’s View Wildlife Estate in Hoedspruit, South Africa and never seem to hear anything from
We are on our sound safari at Sausage Tree Safari Camp in the Balule Game Reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park. It is 8am as we drive around a bend in the road and suddenly a large Black Rhino is spotted feeding behind a bush close to the road. We stop, switch the
It is now the third morning in a row that a leopard has been calling over and over around the house any time from 3am through to daybreak. On day 1 it was still calling at 7am very close to where we were walking, and we decided that we should discontinue the walk until later
Three groups of insects, crickets, katydids and cicadas may be called insect musicians. The first two, crickets and katydids create sound by stridulation, i.e. rubbing specially modified body parts against each another. Cicadas on the other hand have a unique noise making organ, a tymbal which is located on the front side of the hollow
Relying on your ears alone often means that you are missing some amazing sounds and experiences from the natural world. This all changes when incorporating a set of headphones and a recording device. Some years ago we were given the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes to record vocalisations of a range of reptiles at the amazing Hoedspruit Reptile Centre close to our home.
Some years ago, when chatting to soundscape ecologist Dr Bernie Krause he asked “have you ever heard ants communicating?”. He said “find an ant’s nest in the garden and place a lavaliere microphone over the entrance and sit back with your headphones on and wait to see what happens…”