Weather and Landscape
The mornings have been very cloudy and misty this month, clearing nicely by midday – summer is clearly on the way.
The landscape is starting to look green and lush, especially in the areas that were burnt in the natural fire which occurred during the dry months.
This month we have enjoyed great game viewing all over the plateau as the wildlife is dispersing with the sprouting of new vegetation. Eland and roan have been seen in large herds, as they congregate in areas with good feeding.
On the predatory side, spotted hyaena have been very active, especially around the camp vicinity, resulting in a couple of excellent sightings from camp. One of the highlights for the month was the sighting of a hyaena clan which had a number of very young cubs present. While on the subject of babies, a serval with a litter of kittens was also seen during an afternoon drive – a highlight on anyone’s list.
Birds and Birding
This month the birding was pretty good, and we can see that the summer migrants are slowly moving into the area... setting the stage for some unbelievable birding in the months to come.
Some of the avian highlights for the month were Denham’s bustard, white-starred robin, southern-mountain greenbul and ashy flycatcher in the Abasi Forest.
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