August was a month filled with surprises and new life. At the beginning of the month there were still vast numbers of wildebeest on the property. The migration had been here for almost seven weeks wandering on and off, making the most of the abundant grass and water available after the excessive rains in the wet season. There is new growth everywhere and many of the animals have given birth; herds of topi with lambs, lion and cheetah with cubs and eland with calves. Our guests who stayed at Singita Explore experienced early morning sunrises and the sounds of hyena on a kill as they drank their coffee, the enjoyed extended game drives that took them to parts of the property not normally accessed and at night, sitting around the campfire they observed Saturn transit Libra, as Scorpio dominated the heavens directly overhead.
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.