|Fellow explorers from left: Grant, Elliot, Colin on a rock overlooking Lake Eyasi.|
So, I may have fallen in love with this place. Having been their at the end of the dry season for the first time, I went back in the middle of January for a week with Colin Beale, my brother Elliot, and the manager Grant Burden for a week of birding. I couldn’t believe how different it was, and this is the sequel of that trip. The colors had changed from the dry greys, purples, and yellows to all shades of green bursts of yellow, pink, blue, white and red from all the wild flowers. With the help of Collin, whose ear for bird song and eye for the subtle differences in larks and pipits, we managed to rack up a good 202 bird species. Not bad for an actual total of 3.5 days birding interrupted by buffalo bulls, a walk to the escarpment where we watched a pair of Vereaux Eagles (aka Black Eagles) soar the ridge, and jumping into rock pools to cool off.
|Compare the brilliance of the green in January to the dryness in the photo below. (Same ridge different angle)|
|(Photo courtesy Mike Beckner Nov. 2010)|
I went back the next week alone and spent some time doing some longer walks, had the opportunity to see the area from the air and to refresh my mind having had a busy safari season last year. Anderson, Grant, Beazie and I spent most of the time driving around, climbing into kopjies, walking along drainage lines, and frogging at night. When it comes to trying to describe a paradise, I’m not sure my command of English is good enough.
|Red milk weed.|
|Gloriosa superba- need we say more?|
|Tree hide overlooking Sele spring.|
|Bwawa la kiboko (Hippo pool) No hippos there in the dry season and its deep and about 20m across- swim time!|