Hi All, there isn’t a video attached to the blog address. Have I done something wrong?
On our way to a sighting of a mother cheetah and her cub, we get slightly delayed by a fascinating interaction between two bird species, in a relationship known as brood parasitism. In order to save energy and essentially the responsibility of raising a brood of chicks, most cuckoo species amongst other bird species will lay their eggs in a host species bird’s nest.
Sometimes removing one of the host’s eggs to ensure that the total number of eggs does not change, the host will then raise this intruder’s chick in full belief that it is it’s own.
The particular sighting we came across was that of a Burchell’s Starling feeding a Great Spotted Cuckoo chick, that it had most likely raised.
After this, we enjoy a magical scene of the two cheetahs with a large dazzle of zebra and journey of giraffe as they basically surround the resting cheetah to keep an eye on them.
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
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Hi Ian, all should be resolved now.
Sean, this is one fantastic video! Watching that screeching cuckoo begging to be fed by the Burchell Starling, over and over again, was unbelievable. It begs the question, is the chick ever satisfied? Then when the Starling caught the baby snake, killed it and proceeded to feed it to the cuckoo afterwards, it was laughable to watch the chick try to eat it. It obviously was a new food item for it.
As always, cheetahs are a joy to see and her little one is so alert. I’m glad you were able to zoom into his face when he was looking in your direction – such a beautiful face. Thanks for the ride-along….
Thank you so much, Denise. I was also thinking I wonder if the cuckoo will ever be satisfied. Its appetite is enormous. I had to also laugh at it trying to keep the snake down.
It was such a stunning view of the young cheetah and its mother resting in the shade.