7 January 2008
The first showers arrived in good time this year. They were neither early nor late, not too heavy nor light. In mid month, the plains started greening up so that for Christmas, there was a bright green down all across the short grass plains. The Wildebeest responded by moving en masse to the richer pastures. The first groups arrived in mid Dec and larger herds arriving in time for Christmas dinner and the New year Celebrations. The Migration viewing has been excellent all across the southern Serengeti from Moru & Kusini though to Ndutu & Naibardat area as well as north to Barafu and Gol.
With the Migration, comes the attendant predators, the Nomads and the residents. The Eurasian Migrant birds are also here in full force. Large flocks of Adim’s storks were a feature of the month. With the short green grass, it is much easier to spot.
There has not been much more rain since the first showers, so even though it is green, the dust has made a quick reappearance. In order for the Migration to stay in this area and for the grass, we would like to see some more substantial showers. There has been some build up over this last week, and we hope there will be some showers coming up over the ‘no moon’ period.