And then they were gone…
The vast herds of wildebeest have moved on, leaving a void of emptiness and quiet. The constant calling and ever present multitudes that were here such a short while ago seemed to disappear overnight. The reminders of their passing are the orphans and young calves that got separated from their dams, or the odd bull looking and calling mournfully for a cow, or searching in vain for a harem.
They have moved on in search of “greener pastures”, an endless circuit that takes them to where they will find food and water to feed the masses. A search that is never ending but one that will take them back to areas they have visited for millennia. Some of these areas enjoy the full protection of all wildlife, whilst others have only a token protection. Despite this they succeed, for how long though………..?
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.