The first half of January saw wonderful rains over the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park and Singita Grumeti Reserves. Afternoon showers were almost a daily occurrence, clearing the air and creating spectacular morning light. The later part of the month saw a strong easterly wind disperse cloud buildup, and the start of a two week dry spell. It will be interesting when the long rains begin. Topi and Zebra congregated in the tens of thousands on the sweet, short grasses of Nyati plains. Mishi was out on a staff game drive one afternoon when she took this shot of a herd of very relaxed Buffalo off the Punda Milia plains. Very soon thereafter all on board her vehicle watched in awe as a young adult male Lion hauled a Warthog out of his lair, a scene that played out well into dusk. To read the full diary entry, please download the PDF
The birdlife on the Grumeti this month has been lovely with some new additions being observed out on the Gambaranyera plains to the West. Species included collared pratincole, Madagascar bee-eater and Hartlaub’s bustard. We were very excited to see black and white mannikin here on Sasakwa hill as they moved through in a flock of twenty or so individuals.
When one reads about the Serengeti it evokes images of old-fashioned adventure. But it is like appreciating God’s creations; or if put in another way, it’s a place visited by God’s chosen ones, it is a welcome to his paradise. And I never thought I would experience it from an eagle’s eye perspective.
We have had some lovely bird viewing this month as always. There are anywhere between 450 and 500 species of bird recorded here in the greater Serengeti ecosystem, depending on what time of year it is. The summer months are wonderful as there are always great numbers of migratory species stopping over or passing by.