Spring time in the Karoo usually only starts in the last part of September, however we have certainly started having spring days in the Karoo since the beginning of the month. Flowers are out – and all over, making that Karoo look very pretty. We have also had many Blue Crane pairs return to their breeding territories and although breeding hasn’t begun yet, some pairs have been dancing to each other…so maybe the breeding season will start soon.
It is incredibly dry in the Karoo at the moment and dams are at different levels – some have even dried out, while some are still full of water. Many Blue Cranes have been seen back at their normal roost sites, where they were absent during the winter months. So, they obviously roosted in dams that were closer to where they were spending their winter days and these dams were full of water during the winter.