Leopards and hyenas are infamous enemies and when these two species cross paths there is a good chance that an action-packed exchange will take place. One evening in December, guides Adas Anthony and Saitoti Ole Kuwai were watching two leopards in separate trees not far away from one another – the Raho male and a skittish female. These two leopards had no connection with each other apart from the fact that they happened to be close by. A sighting like this is extremely special in itself, but even more was to come. The Raho male had the remains of a kill with him in the tree, belly-full from what he had already eaten. The female also had a full belly, but the onlookers did not see a kill in her tree. They assumed it had fallen below, but dusk had descended and it was too dark to see anything on the ground. Not much later a hyena showed up. He soon confirmed the assumptions when his incredible sense of smell led him directly under the tree where the female leopard was perched, and he picked up a half-eaten impala carcass.
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.