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xelas
7 minutes ago, Galana said:

one of us looks to have had too many already.:o

Birds or beers :ph34r:?

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What I would have given for a nice cold cider! :(

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Lunch over we continued our leisurely stroll on the shores of Lake Victoria.

 

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61. Striated (Green-backed) Heron.

 

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62. Deidrick's Cuckoo.

 

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63. Long-tailed (Reed) Cormorant.

 

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64. Wood Sandpiper.

 

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65. Grey Heron.

 

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66. Swamp Flycatcher. (One of the commonest Flycatchers of the trip.)

 

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67. Yellow-throated Longclaw.

 

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68. Hadada Ibis. Ubiquitous.

 

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69. Greenshank.

 

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70. B;ue-cheeked BeeEater.

 

Come walk with me tomorrow.

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kittykat23uk

This is really going to help me ID my own photos. 

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Galana
13 minutes ago, kittykat23uk said:

This is really going to help me ID my own photos. 

I may need some help myself.

(I've already found two more I did not think I had got.)

 

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xelas
1 hour ago, kittykat23uk said:

This is really going to help me ID my own photos. 

Ditto here :).

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Peter Connan

Some really beautiful birds!

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michael-ibk

They are - but I'm not convinced about your first Wood Sandpiper. 😛

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xelas
1 hour ago, michael-ibk said:

They are - but I'm not convinced about your first Wood Sandpiper. 😛

In my list I have ID it as a Common Sandpiper. But I am only a newbie ... however, Zvezda took one in flight which is definitively a Common Sandpiper.

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Dave Williams
On 3/4/2020 at 10:45 AM, kittykat23uk said:

Well, I have not got a clear number as I have been deleting as I go along but I shoot raw and jpeg together so overall I estimate around 37,500 images, with duplicate jpegs that's around 75,000 total. Since I had some issues with storage early on in this trip I have been curating my images as I have gone along, selecting between 100 to 400 or so images from each day as a first pass. 

 

That's insane!!!!!:o

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Galana
2 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

but I'm not convinced about your first Wood Sandpiper.

No problem Michael.

I am showing two birds from two separate locations so what would you like it to be?

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michael-ibk

It happens rarely, but I´m with Alex on this one. ;-)

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Galana

OK. I will move it to #166 then!:o

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Galana

Moving quickly on:-

This next batch contain two wrong uns which I will draw a blank over for now.

I have corrected the two original miscounts/duplications already and quite painlessly with two new 'finds'. After all one cannot go through Africa and not see a bloomin Egytian Goose but surprisingly I never recorded one. This I find is a problem with BY.

So if the number look a bit odd in this run I intend to change the total at the end of Uganda birds.

Here we go. Still in Entebbe I am afraid. If there is a good number for a country I reckon Entebbe would win for a town.

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71. African Pied Wagtail.

 

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72 cancelled. Don't laugh too loud. I had this as Orange Weaver but it seems the bird had flown.

 

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73. Woodland Kingfisher. First in Entebbe but latterly everywhere after the rain.

 

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74. Golden-backed Weaver. (Jackson's).

 

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75. Superb Sunbird. Well named.

 

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76. White-throated BeeEater.

 

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77. This was called as "Dark-backed Weaver" but it ain't. So dud no. 2.

 

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78. Veillot's Black Weaver. Unmistakable.

 

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79. Broadbilled Roller.

Waiting for the Ferry out of Entebbe.

Yes! We have left at last. This was early on Monday 10th.

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80. Winding Cisticola.

That's it for Entebbe. 50 species in a day in one town.

We are now headed for our first swamp.

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xelas

It feels great to come closer to become a birder's apprentice <_<.

 

About Winding cisticola, I have same shot but from Mabamba Swamp. Maybe yours was also taken there? And, Zvezda has taken photos of at least 60 species at Imperial Botanical Gardens!

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kittykat23uk

Yes that one, if its the same one I shot, pose etc looks identical, was at mabamba. 

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Galana
46 minutes ago, kittykat23uk said:

Yes that one, if its the same one I shot, pose etc looks identical, was at mabamba.

Whatever happened to artistic licence in literature?:P Never letting the facts get in the way of a story is good journalism.

Sequentially the shot followed the Roller at the ferry terminal so you are both correct.

1 hour ago, xelas said:

Zvezda has taken photos of at least 60 species at Imperial Botanical Gardens!

Well of course she would get an Orange Weaver, and an Egyptian Goose but 8 Yellow-vented Bulbuls don't count.:D

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kittykat23uk
15 minutes ago, Galana said:

Whatever happened to artistic licence in literature?:P Never letting the facts get in the way of a story is good journalism.

Sequentially the shot followed the Roller at the ferry terminal so you are both correct.

Well of course she would get an Orange Weaver, and an Egyptian Goose but 8 Yellow-vented Bulbuls don't count.:D

 

Ah hahaha. Careful @Galana lest you be accused of "Fake News" 😂😂😂

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xelas
38 minutes ago, Galana said:

but 8 Yellow-vented Bulbuls don't count.:D

Only 8 ?!

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Too many vehicles for the Ferry and the next one was not for an hour so we embarked on a cross country rally around the bay to our next venue at Mabamba to see what was around. Famed for sightings of the enigmatic Shoebill there are of course other birds to be seen as this next batch will show.

We arrive and embark on our Makoros, now updated since my last visit with Outboard motors and head out onto the mystical waters of Lake Victoria:-

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Ladies first..

We can start with a another shot of that Cisticola in the interests of accuracy.:P

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On our cruise we see:-

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81. Yellow-billed Ducks.

 

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82. Purple Heron. (In the interest of accuracy the later shots were at Muko.)

 

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83. Blue-breasted BeeEater.

 

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84. Malachite Kingfisher.

 

Then we ran aground. I don't understand how, if Lake Victoria water levels are higher than normal, there is less water rather than more.

Anyway in true African Queen style we despatch Charlie Allnutt over the side for some energetic shoving.

Tip. If you try this do remember to take your phone out of your trouser pocket first!

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Any sharp eyed followers will note the dot off the starboard quarter. An EBC if ever there was one!

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85. African Marsh Harrier.

But it did come closer.

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And so after more pushing and shoving and wet trousers we see distant views of our main Quarry.

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It almost seems to be laughing at us.

 

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86. Shoebill. Old Bootface himself.

 

And then as I felt obliged to provide better views I asked it to hop over to the ladies boat and it duly obliged.

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It landed just 5 metres from their boat. you can see the stem on the right and posed nicely. At one stage I thought it was going to hop  on the bow for a sandwich.

The others may tell you it got very close but they are confusing reality with a local sculpture....

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Birding was not done yet.

 

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87. Long-toed Lapwing.

 

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88. Green Sandpiper.

On return to terra firma and Half a million Ugandan shillings lighter we regained our car but spotted, were pointed out, some Lovebirds twittering in military camp nearby.

 

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89. Red-headed Lovebird.

 

And on the drive out we saw more...

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90. Sooty Chat. Female above and male below.

After a lunch stop at the nearby Nkima Forest Lodge we set off cross country to our next destination in Kibale Forest NP and our three night stay at The Chimpanzee Forest GuestHouse.

 

 

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Soukous

So many species I hope to see one day :blink:

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Galana
2 hours ago, Soukous said:

So many species I hope to see one day 

And so you shall.

And I am not done yet as you know.

Uganda has a lot to offer the birder. Almost 1200 species incl 40 near Endemics in the Albertine rift. Not bad for a country with no coastal littoral.

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michael-ibk

Love the Shoebill, I really need to see it myself soon. The Lovebird is pretty cool as well.

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kittykat23uk

At this rate Fred will have written the trip report for us so I guess @xelas and I can just sit back and relax 😁😁😁😁

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xelas

There was so much more than birds, so I will make an effort with a trip report, starting next week.

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