Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wildebeests migration latest update

Map of the Mara: Note the current location and direction of movement of the herds;

The movement of the migrating wildebeests in the Mara progressed fast over the past few days. It took the wildebeests only took 2 days from the central plains to get to the Mara river and are now across on the Mara triangle. I was amazed at the distance they cover in the night. the migration this year has been interetsing in that it occured early and that the main migration from the south preceeded that of teh Loita herds which traditionlay will be in teh Mara ahead of their Serengeti cousins.

The herds which had gathered near the Talek gate have been crossing north of the river. The crossings were quite slow but dramatic to see the wildebeests crossing the almost dry river in such a rush creating a cloud of dust in the process. The Olkiombo pride of lions have suddenly waken up to a feast. They have been making kills almost daily at the river crossing on the Talek, at times making four kills a day.

The rest of the herds that proceeded towards the lower side of the Talke were crossing by yesterday near Rekero camp. I reckon these will head towards paradise crossing and then over to the triangle.

Down at Look out hill there were heavy crossings two days ago which continued yesterday. Many animals are crossing over to the triangle. The crossing however have been somehow easy for the animals in many places as the water is lower. There was a drama at one point when the wildebeests crossed next to some hippos. One male came out and charged at the crossing animals, targeting one young calf and chased it onto the dry ground for about fifty metres, but the calf managed to get away.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fm Lynn :- Thanks again Paul for the latest update, it is fascinating reading and I love to know what's going on in the Mara.

Special thank you for the mention of the Olkiombo Pride and that things are definitely on the up for them now that food has arrived, I am very happy to hear that :o)