October 2016

From Marc Baker marc@carbontanzania. com

Subject: Flights over the Natron Basin

From late September to early January, Lesser Flamingo’s breed at Lake Natron.

The locations are relatively predictable (see map). Lesser Flamingo build cones out of mud as the water levels decline and lay a single egg on top of the cone. The young fledge and then form a creche and move towards fresh water on the fringes of the lake basin. From the time when the egg hatches until the juvenile bird is able to walk through the water, they are susceptible to disturbance.

I have developed a map below to give you some idea of where the breeding grounds are, you should avoid low flying over those areas between September and January. 

 Spread the word and if you have any questions please feel free to email me.