Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary had a special first time sighting of the Southern Grey Crowned Crane.
The first time, one-day visitor to the parks was spotted between at Emadanyini between Sondzela Backpackers and Esibayeni. Unfortunately we were unable to capture it on camera as it was here just for one day. Please see below and above for images from other areas.
Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge within Mlilwane has one of the species of crane, the Blue Crane. The visit from its cousin the Southern Grey Crowned Crane is extremely special as this the first time the bird has been spotted at Mlilwane.
The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a member of the crane family Gruidae. This is the only one of the species of cranes to perch or roost in trees and the most primitive crane, resembling its ancestral family members. It is also the national bird of the east African country Uganda, featuring in the country’s flag and coat of arms.
Like all cranes, it feeds on insects and other invertebrates, reptiles, small mammals, as well as grass seeds.
Hopefully, we will have more sightings of this special bird soon! Keep an eye on this blog for more special sightings on the parks.