July was a dry month which is not unusual for this time of year but despite this there was excellent game viewing all over the concession. The wildebeest migration, which had left us towards the end of June, wandered back in smaller herds in search of food and water. This time the movement was unorganized, with large herds heading in all directions. Some had made the trek to the Mara, others had not got that far, some headed for the Grumeti River to our west and others headed south.
Unlike June though there were many other large herds of animals around, most of which had moved in behind the migration, zebra by their thousands formed long columns across the plains as they headed to water holes. Small herds of topi joined up and it wasn’t long before we were seeing herds that numbered over two thousand.
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.