By Terry and Michele Stewart
February’s at Bucklands are generally very hot affairs, and this February has been no exception! Luckily the regular rain showers have provided welcome relief for both animals and humans alike! From the summery rains and hot days, comes grass growth which has provided the game with constant nutrition throughout the summer. The animals are currently in peak condition which gives all our Spring youngsters the best chance going forward into autumn and winter.
As February draws to a close, so does our Valentines Special. Thank you to all of our return guests and our new guests for your support!
Bucklands Game News...
By Iain Stewart
With the constant grass growth, our Buffalo have been enjoying a diet of fresh green shoots. Because of this weakness for fresh, green shoots, they have been hanging around in grassy clearings providing us many excellent sightings.
Autumn will see our capture team in full force capturing approximately eight Buffalo heifers for sale and relocation to new properties. This relieves our veld of grazing pressures and also adds to the genetic biodiversity on other properties as well as providing welcome income for the Reserve.
At only seven weeks old, our youngest Giraffe bull is adapting well to his environment and growing well! The same can be said for all our young Impala, Blesbuck and to the mud-covered Warthog piglets born late last year.
With the sweet thorns in full yellow bloom and the wild figs and prickly pears in fruit, the bird life is a flurry of activity at the moment! From Secretary birds, to Brown Snake Eagles to the smaller Thick-Billed Weavers and even Red-Backed Shrikes, they are all out in force this summer! This is a great time to visit Bucklands and add to your lifer lists.
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Caught on our Trail Camera's
This small spotted Genet was caught passing through one of our trail camera’s late one evening.
Did You Know....?
Dragon Flies and Pond Damsels are two insects that only are found in and near safe clean water, something to bear in mind next time you’re out for a hike and run out of water.
The heat of summer in South Africa peaks in February; how about trying out this very summery and tasty chilled soup as a light summer meal on the patio, complete with a glass of white wine? I’m such a fan of Gordon Ramsey, and below is his recipe for summery Gazpacho ~ Mary-Ann
6 ripe vine tomatoes, finely chopped
1 fat garlic clove, peeled and finely crushed
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ cucumber, peeled, deseeded and finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
300ml cold vegetable (or chicken) stock
300ml tomato juice
1 large handful basil and tarragon leaves, chopped
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Good quality olive oil, to drizzle
Croutons, to serve
Put all the vegetables in a large bowl and sprinkle over the lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
Pour in stock and tomato juice to cover, then stir in the herbs and a dash each of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Cover with cling film and chill for at least four hours to let the flavours meld. Blend and serve in chilled bowls with a drizzle of olive oil and croutons scattered on top.