August. The month that bridges winter and summer. We often say that at some point in August it is like a switch has been thrown and suddenly temperatures rise. Well this indeed was the case this year, but even at the end of the month and moving into September we still have cold crisp mornings and hot water bottles at night. But we are nudging 30 degrees C in the afternoons now. Thanks to the really heavy rains in early this year there is still a lot of water in the bush. Although the Kafue is dropping fast and is at fairly normal levels for this time of year it is clear that seasonal pools and streams are still holding water when most years by now they would be dry. In short this is good news for inhabitants of the park! When we describe August as a bridge month this seems also to apply to birdlife, particularly on the river. In the course of August we suddenly started seeing black-winged stilts, spoonbills, grey-headed gulls to name but a few. The parrot hide got some use too. Anyway enough chattering on. As usual we try to tell the story of the month through images:
So we wrap up the month with some mystery infrastructure ‘items’. Made by the talented Elephayo in the traditional form of woven tonga grain storage baskets. More ton that to come in Septembers news.