Weather and Landscape
The landscape is once again changing back to a healthy green colour, especially where burning took place earlier in the season. Temperatures remain cold and we are even receiving some frost on occasion. The winds have also started blowing hard, especially the easterly winds which usually sweep across the plateau. The dry season is approaching very fast as witnessed at Dam 1 as the water level is going down quickly.
General game viewing is good at the moment in the new grass shoot areas. There have been sightings of eland with calves which is a sign of the calving season having begun. Of late some big leopards and clans of hyaenas are showing themselves on the plateau. Jackals are also a common sighting in our area and some were even seen feeding on mice and francolin, while warthog have also been seen. Excitingly a serval was seen walking in the grass and a porcupine was spotted running in front of a vehicle.
Birds and Birding
Denham’s bustards are common in the burnt areas and yellow-billed ducks and dabchicks have become residents on the dams. A walk along the Chelinda stream from the pump house will often reward one with ashy flycatchers, mountain thrushes, white-winged black tits, bar-throated apalis and Malawi batis.
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