The wildebeest are still here, they have been on the concession since mid June and at the moment it does not look like they will be leaving any time soon and with the extensive rains we have had there is a lot of food and water still available for them. Herd of zebra are seen with the wildebeest; often these two species are found together. They share grazing and water and, at the same time, mutually benefit from the extra eyes and ears that can give the alert for when there are predators around. If they hear any unusual sounds when they are drinking a mass stampede will ensue as all the animals bolt for the safety of the bank. The herds are at one of their most vulnerable stages when drinking. River crossings have perils other than crocodiles, exhausted animals flounder and drown. It is interesting to note that the wildebeest do not react to hyena in the same way they do to the other predators like lion, leopard and cheetah.
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.