It was late September and I was leaving camp for a morning game drive. We were heading towards the Luangwa River and crossing an open area known locally lion Plain. However, on this particular morning, it was not lion that greeted us, but something that took all of us by surprise.
At first, I heard it. A loud sound, similar to that of a strong gust of wind making its way across the plain. As I turned to look, everything fell silent. Then from out of the dust rose a huge black cloud that constantly changed formation as it swept across the open grass land.
The cloud, although appearing as one object, was made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny birds, Red-Billed Quelea. The most numerous bird species in the world.
This was by far the largest swarm I have ever seen and as they moved across the plain in front of the rising sun, I knew this was a very special moment for myself and my guests.
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