Hi – this is my first attempt at this way of talking about this lovely area where I live.
It is nearing the end of summer on the highveld and, early as it is, the grass and reeds in the enormous wetland around which Wakkerstroom is situated are turning winter brown. We are short of rain and every day keep hoping for a last burst before winter proper sets in.
The Grey Crowned Cranes that make this wetland their breeding area are proudly displaying their young – and as things stand right now, 4 chicks from 2 pairs have taken to the air – what delight and relief it is to see the young birds fledge – one feels then that they have a chance of making it into adulthood! There are another 5 that could fledge soon – so here’s hoping. If a reader knows cranes, they may ask how 4 chicks from 2 pairs – it is unusual but on the odd occassion Crownies have 3 young and this year this particular pair fledged them all – wonderful achievement especially if one knows that this pair nest annually in the reeds, as is their wont, and walk their chicks out to the edge of the wetland every day extremely close to a number of houses!
If this blogging attempt works and I gain confidence to try it again, I will do regularl updates on my area of the beautiful highveld grasslands of Mpumalanga.