Loving, fighting and eating: No, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving! But the animals of Singita Grumeti seemed to be doing a whole lot of this in November. From cheetah territory battles to lion love sessions, migration feasts and one extreme zebra duel, the wildlife action at Singita Grumeti did not disappoint this month. Pictured here are two impala males locked in a fight for dominance. The successful male gains or remains in control of the disputed territory and its resident females. During the rut, these bouts for control can take place every seven to ten days. Once a male has settled in the territory his work is really cut out for him; trying to mate with as many females as quickly as possible and keeping the surrounding bachelors at bay. This leaves little time for feeding and the net result is a rapid loss of condition. The more stronger and fitter of the bachelors on the outskirts will then move in for a chance at the title. This cycle continues for the duration of the rut which is approximately six weeks long.
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.