Receding floods create a paradise for visiting Palearctics

16/09/2010: The receding floodwaters of this year’s monster flood are leaving vast expanses of exposed mudflats that will provide enourmous feeding grounds for the early migrants this year. With the largest floods since the mid-sixties the recently flooded plains are home to billions of tiny invertebrates which form the majority of the diet for our Palearctic waders during the southern summer. Although the influx has only just begun the following month should see some great birding particularly along the fringes of the central and eastern-central delta. There is little doubt that 2010/11 season will produce some really special birding and very likely some surprising passage migrants. The image on the right shows the Letaka Safaris plot where BirdingSafaris.Com is headquartered, in a ‘normal’ flood year the river is contained in the channel to the left of the white point now formed by the flood wall around the plot (bottom right hand quadrant). We now live on what is, to all intents and purposes, a real Okavango island!

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