THIS COMING SUNDAY
I'm hoping the "authorities" will count the western shoreline and that the Arusha birders will count the north and the eastern shore as far south as possible.
It's looking unlikely that we will join u so a few tips.
As long as you note the time and the GPS of each start point and agree these points with the other car it is possible to leap frog each other and produce an accurate shoreline count.
If there are 4 cars then create two teams, one to start at halfway and work southwards, if 6 cars, even better 3 teams.
Just how wet are the Oltukai flats ? is the eastern shoreline easily accessible ? can u cross the Makuyuni River close to the shore ? Access from the Kibo camp ?
I've no idea how high the water levels are or where the birds might be concentrated. We did a recce at Mtera but the heavy rains made this worthless and we just had to make the best of what we found on the day.
Ethan, do u have a team or two on this ?
Some phone numbers.
Emilian Kihwele who will organise the western shore count 0784-226622
Kapanya and Colin Beal who will organise the Arusha birders count of the eastern shore.
KK 0784-772688 and 0767-772688. Colin 0684-059123
GO FOR IT GUYS AND ENJOY.
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