14. January 2017 - Waterfowl Bonanza:
Although good rains have been falling to the east of Loxton, we have had just 18 mm so far this January. This after several months of drought. Fortunately, the Loxton dam is still quite high after it filled exactly a year ago. It has been a haven for waterfowl during this time.
On the 9th of January 2017 there were over 100 Greater Flamingos, about 80 Black-necked Grebes, a mix of some 150 ducks, including Cape Teal (the majority), Cape Shovelers, Yellowbill Ducks, Pochards and South African Shelduck. A week earlier there was a contingent of about 50 Maccoa Ducks, rare visitors to this part of the Karoo.
Now with the good rains to our east we expect them to disperse.
02. January 2017:
One of the jobs on 1st January was to update our rainfall summary for Loxton, Northern Cape, South Africa, if you are interested:
Our next trip:
25th of January we are off to Maun, Botswana. We will visit Moremi Game Reserve, possibly Chobe, then into Northern Namibia, Etosha NP, Skeleton Coast, Namib Naukluft Park and back.
30. August 2016:
We have just finished editing the Newsletter No 12 for the Afrotheria Specialist Group, it is now available on-line at: http://www.afrotheria.net/newsletter.php
11. May 2016:
We are leaving on the 18th May to spend the northern summer in our European base. Our email remains the same.
02. May 2016:
No real news to report, autumn is turning into winter in Loxton, yesterday the first time this year the minimum temperature dropped to zero.
22 January 2016:
Lovely rain is falling in Loxton - and surrounds. Not quite sure how far.
Yesterday - 21. January - 53 mm fell in 24 hours, this is a record for the 20 years we are living in Loxton and keeping records. And today the rain continues. This might even fill the Loxton dam, which was full the last time in 2010.
23 January 2016:
Another 30 mm fell yesterday, and this morning the dam looks like this: