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BEST OF UGANDA

Saturday 7th September - Saturday 21st September 2013

Dani López-Velasco

Gorilla (Dani López Velasco)

Gorilla (Dani López Velasco)

What a trip! Uganda, commonly quoted as being the ‘Pearl of Africa’, is certainly a must-see destination for any world birder, being an excellent place to enjoy the stunning Shoebill as well as a good selection of Albertine Rift endemics and lots of other african birds. Given the combination of unrivalled Gorilla and Chimpanzee encounters, plus excellent accommodation, food and very friendly people, it makes for one of the top wildlife-watching countries in the world, and anyone with an interest in nature should visit this wonderful country at least once during a lifetime. This year´s Best of Uganda, lived up to its high expectations, recording an impressive 541 species of birds in just over 2 weeks, as well as 38 species of mammals! Amongst these great lists were a number of highlights. Special mention goes to our unforgettable encounters with Gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Chimpanzees at Kibale, as well as walk-away views of a trio of “tree-climbing” Lions at Queen Elizabeth NP. There were of course many avian highlights too, including great views of the bizarre-looking Shoebill, an amazing day encounter with the very rare Fraser´s Eagle-Owl, excellent looks at a pair of perched Crowned Eagles near their nest, showy African Finfoots, several Brown-chested Lapwings, White-spotted and Red-chested Flufftails in the open, the gorgeous Purple-breasted Sunbird as well as many other Albertine Rift endemics. Amongst the many other specialities that we recorded were Little Sparrowhawk, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Mountain Buzzard, White-backed Night Heron, African Crake, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered and Ruwenzori Nightjars, Red-faced Barbet, Bar-tailed and Narina Trogons, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, 11 species of Bee-eaters including Black and Swallow-tailed, Willcock´s Honeyguide, Elliot’s and Speckle-breasted Woodpeckers, Ruwenzori Batis, African Broadbill, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Papyrus Gonolek, Mountain (Montane) Oriole, Stripe-breasted Tit, Kakamega, Olive-breasted, Joyful and White-throated Greenbuls, Grauer’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, White-winged and Grauer’s Swamp Warblers, Trilling, Chubb’s, Carruthers’s and Foxy Cisticolas, Black-faced Prinia, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Ruwenzori and Mountain Masked Apalises, Mountain, Scaly-breasted and Puvel’s Illadopsises, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Stuhlmann’s and Sharpe’s Starlings, Silverbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethe, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Archer’s Ground Robin, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-headed, Blue-headed, Regal and Red-chested Sunbirds, Shelley’s (Rufous) Sparrow, Strange and Orange Weavers, Jameson’s Antpecker, Dusky Crimsonwing, Kandt’s Waxbill, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown Twinspot and Western Citril.

Shoebill (Dani López Velasco)

Shoebill (Dani López Velasco)