Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Back from break

Topi & Flowers, a common sight now in the reserve


Fire ball lily; One of the many flower species that can be seen now

I would like to apologize to my followers on this blog for the long lapse in updating them on the happenings in the Mara. I have been on leave, hence the long lapse in my update here. I have just come back to the Mara to a very welcoming carpet of short green grass on the plains, mainly the recently overgrazed areas. With the short rains we have started receiving, there is now plenty flowers growing on the plains and the on the edges of the bushes. it is very beautiful especially if you are taking a picture of a subject which is right in teh middle of the flowers.
The rivers Talek and Olare-Orok which had almost dried out are now flowing again. Hopefully the rains we have will last a lot longer.

All our big cats can be seen around. Olive i was told had been lost for 3 weeks, but only two days after arriving in teh Mara on my first game drive, i found her with Impala kill up a tree near the smelly crossing. The Ridge pride can now be found along the Mara river while Olkiombo pride along the Talek towards the gate. other lion prides are still in their places and ineterstingly many of them now have got cubs. Nodge's gang are with the ridge pride. Shakira is now in the north.

I will keep yopu updated as i gather more information on game drives aroudn the reserve.





6 comments:

Donnie said...

Paul; You deserved a long break. And I am glad that you are fine, and your time with your family was well spent with them. With Christmas and the New Year approaching I wish you a very Merry Christmas. And a joyous and healthy New Year. And keep up the good work.

Olivier Delaere said...

Thanks for your update Paul. ;-)

Paul Kirui said...

Hi Donnie and Olivier,
thanks for your comments, it was a nice break though i missed the bush. I am glad to be back to reawaken my soul again. i will update you with more fresh news from here.

Paul Kirui said...

Hi Donnie and Olivier,
thanks for your comments, it was a nice break though i missed the bush. I am glad to be back to reawaken my soul again. i will update you with more fresh news from here.

Anonymous said...

Paul: Happy holidays, is there ever any news of the leopard Shadow or her daughter Safi?

Diane Miller,
USA

Paul Kirui said...

HI Diane: I have not heard of Shadow since february this year and have not heard of the daughter for longer than that. The is a movement restriction in the area where they normally stay after the fromation of the Mara north conservancy, one is now supposed to pay $60 to do a game drive in this area even if you have paid in the park. Other i will let you know if i gather any info.