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Great birding in Semliki, awesome!

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thanks @michael-ibk- there can be no doubt Semliki is a birder's paradise. I was actually a bit surprised how, over the course of the three days, we had managed to see so many of the special species which the park is famous for, especially those congo/west african ones - I am sure you'll also have your fair share of awesome sightings there :)

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Day 8

 

Semliki NP – Morning Roadside Wildlife Watching

 

Fortunately, this morning there was no rain and were able to get out early for some wildlife watching along the roadside which proved very productive indeed.  We walked in a northerly direction and found a dozen or so Purple-headed Starlings hanging about though there weren’t particularly obliging subjects to photograph. We also had another Grey-headed Nigrita and Alfred found both Yellow-throated Tinkerbird and the larger Speckled Tinkerbird in close proximity to each other. 

 

Semliki Roadside

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Purple-headed Starling

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Grey-headed Nigrita

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Yellow-throated Tinkerbird 

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Speckled Tinkerbird 

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A pair of Black-casqued Wattled Hornbills also flew into the trees nearby and with this being a big target bird, we spent quite a bit of effort trying to get a view of them. Eventually, the male did show just long enough for a few (out of focus) shots with the more impressive female being obscured behind the foliage. Still, it was a sighting at the very least. Another great sighting was a pair of White-thighed Hornbills, which are more commonly seen on the Royal Mile. With this sighting we had, in the space of our two-night visit, successfully observed and shot all of the special hornbills (Piping, Pied, Red-billed Dwarf, White-crested, Black-casqued and White-thighed) with the exception of the very difficult to find Black Dwarf. Needless to say, we were well pleased with this better-than-expected result.

 

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White-thighed Hornbill

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Continuing our walk we joined up with the Alabamians who were also leaving Semliki this morning. From the monkeys we had better views of the goblin-like Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, though they were still a bit jumpy, as well as a few more Red-tailed Guenons which were a bit more cooperative and a lone Blue Monkey. Our final sighting at Semliki was another White-crested Hornbill. This was a much more successful observation than yesterday’s, with the resplendent bird posing nicely in the canopy for a while before flying off across the road. Somehow I even managed to get a few decent in flight shots – l what a fabulous way to finish!

 

Red-tailed Guenon

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Grey-cheeked Mangabey

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White-crested Hornbill - what shots to end Semliki on, if I dare say so myself ^_^

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Semliki to Kibale and Lake Nkuruba 

 

The drive from Semliki to Kibale is short but we had more stops on this transfer than on any other during our trip. At the first stop where we spent the longest time, we had a large colony of Horus Swifts, a few Lesser Striped Swallows, a distant White-headed Sawwing, abundant Speckled Mousebirds and a shy Moustached Grass Warbler. The reason why we spent so much time here was because there was a Grey-headed Bushshrike in the vicinity. While I mentioned Doherty’s bushshrike in Ruhija was the most troublesome bird to photograph I think its sister species here comes in a close second. It was so shy and difficult to see – especially on this rather busy highway – that the best shot I could get was of its back. Nonetheless, it felt like mission accomplished just to get a half decent photo. 

 

Leaving Semliki

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Horus Swift

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White-headed Sawwing 

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Lesser Striped Swallow

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Moustached Grass Warbler

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Grey-headed Bushshrike 

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Another couple of short roadside stops produced Northern Red Bishop at the southern extremity of its range, Grey Kestrel, Broad-billed Roller, Rüppell’s Starling, Cinnamon-chested Bunting, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Rattling Cisticola and Alpine Swift. We also had an African Grey Woodpecker which would turn out to be our only other woodpecker alongside Lake Mburo's Nubian. 

 

Countryside

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Northern Red Bishop

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Grey Kestrel

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African Grey Woodpecker 

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Cinnamon-chested Bunting

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Grey-headed Kingfisher

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 Rattling Cisticola 

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Alpine Swift

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Further along the route we stopped in some hills; this was probably the hottest and sunniest few hours of the trip and the short walk quickly became pretty tiring. Still, we managed to see soaring Bateleur, Palm-nut Vulture, Northern Black Flycatcher, Common Bulbul, Fork-tailed Drongo and Yellow-fronted Canary. The best bird here was a miniscule African Penduline Tit.  

 

Roadside

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Bateleur

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Fork-tailed Drongo

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African Penduline Tit

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We arrived in Fort Portal for lunch which we once more took at the Gardens restaurant. It seems like everyone was leaving Semliki today as we met with the Alabamians here again as well as the other threesome too. After a delightful meal we drove to Lake Nkuruba which is a small forest reserve a few kilometres from Kibale NP. I hadn’t heard of this place before, but Hamza mentioned it was worth a stop, particularly for finding ashy red colobus so we gladly added it to our itinerary. We just made it here before the rain hit and although the reserve was small and we didn’t see the colobus monkeys, it was definitely worth the stop as we saw a lot of good species here that we didn’t see anywhere else. 

 

From the mammals the headliners were Banded Mongoose and some very tame Tantalus Monkeys as well as a few Mantled Guereza. We also had our first Crowned Hornbill of the trip here but what stole our attention from the birds was a large colony of African Grey Parrots. They were quite well dispersed so getting them all in one shot was pretty much impossible, but it was still really nice to have prolonged views of this iconic species. Equally, a pair of playful Ross’s Turacos showed very well and kept us nicely entertained until the rain really did come down hard at which point we headed to Isunga Lodge. For a quick stop though Lake Nkuruba certainly impressed.

 

Lake Nkuruba

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Banded Mongoose 

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Tantalus Monkey

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Crowned Hornbill 

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African Grey Parrot

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Ross’s Turaco

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Thank you so much for this trip report @adamt123.   It is very informative and also entertaining.

 

I appreciate your going into detail on places like Lake Nkuruba - one day I will do a birding + mammal safari to Uganda and trip reports like yours are incredibly helpful in planning.

 

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Semliki--An entire story about those two comely White-thighed Hornbills.  They seem to be sharing a secret.  Great ending with the White-crested Hornbill flying his white crest out of there!

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Great luck with the hornbills, and wonderful to see your photos. The Northern Red Bishop amongst the yellow flowers is a great shot.

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Isunga Lodge

 

Isunga Lodge was a bit of an odd place. It isn’t located in a particularly pretty area but is rather  surrounded by many busy hamlets and which lead directly to the lodge entrance. The locality didn’t have a ‘bush’ ambience. I also thought the food here was the least impressive of any lodge we stayed. Despite this, we were received with a warm welcome and the chalets are furnished to an excellent standard. It was just us and a small German party here during our one-night stay.

 

Isunga Lodge

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What brought Isunga back though from an average stay to a great one was the abundant in-camp wildlife.  Because it was still raining by the time we checked in, we decided to delay our afternoon wildlife watching walk at Kibale NP until conditions were more favourable. This meant we had about an hour to an hour and a half here at Isunga to look for wildlife, which showed particularly well at our chalet. However, just as we arrived at camp my attention was very gladly distracted by our first quality sighting of Village Weaver – for what is apparently meant to be among the most ubiquitous birds in the country, it certainly took some time for us to get a good view of them. Here though there were several dozen males all attending to nest building in a large tree next to reception. They were joined by a scattering of Viellot’s Weavers, a couple of Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters which rather unhelpfully sat with their backs to us and a feeding female Bronze Sunbird.  

 

Village Weaver

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Viellot’s Weaver

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Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

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 Bronze Sunbird

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Sunbirds were the headline act at Isunga and in the grassy patch in front of our chalet we had good views of male Variable and Olive-bellied Sunbird as well as a momentary sighting of a Bronze male. My favourite sunbird here and from the whole trip was a snazzy male Copper Sunbird whose dazzling colours were on full display as it brushed off the rain only a few metres away from us.

 

Variable

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Olive-bellied

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Bronze

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 Copper

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The sunbirds were accompanied by abundant African Thrushes and Speckled Mousebirds as well as the odd Double-toothed Barbet and Pin-tailed Whydah. It was also great to see a displaying Northern Puffback and right behind out chalet an African Blue Flycatcher was also flickering about. Despite the poor conditions it did show itself long enough for some shots. 

 

African Thrush

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 Speckled Mousebird

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Double-toothed Barbet 

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Pin-tailed Whydah

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Northern Puffback 

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The Blue Fairy - a more apt name I think

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At sunset we also had red-chested cuckoo calling very close by but a search for it proved fruitless. From the non-birds we didn’t see too much, though nice tarantula  was hanging outside the restaurant after dinner and some blueberry-coloured ants too. All of these animals were seen in the afternoon/evening of our first day as we left very early the next morning had thus had no time to look for anything then. So, while Isunga had some negative points, I did very much enjoy our one afternoon here, especially with all those sunbirds and of course the blue fairy; overall, 4/5.  

 

The Critters

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Kibale National Park - Evening Walk

 

By the time it had stopped raining and we had finished with the birds at Isunga it was about 17 30 but we still felt it was worth going out to the national park, even for just an hour. This walk was in primary forest in the heart of Kibale along the main Fort Portal-Mbarara road not far from the chimp trekking base. When we got to the forest we were met with some rather thick mist which has descended over everything. This meant photography was very difficult for anything more than 10-15m away. Still, we did have some good birds here which started off with a nice and close sighting of Little Green Sunbird. There were also a few small parties of Grey-headed Barbet and Purple-headed Starling which were near enough to get reasonable shots.

 

Kibale NP

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Little Green Sunbird

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Grey-headed Barbet

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Purple-headed Starling

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This wasn’t the case, however, for either the ghost-like Sooty Flycatcher or the couple of Slender-billed Greenbuls which always kept their distance. Continuing along the road we did have better views of a small band of Narrow-tailed Starlings a few of which helpfully perched out in the open. Rounding up the day was a handsome though very damp Long-crested Eagle which gave excellent views.

 

Sooty Flycatcher 

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Slender-billed Greenbul 

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Narrow-tailed Starling

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 Long-crested Eagle 

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Isunga Lodge--The sunbirds in the colorful blossoms is an impressive sight.  Lots of flashy birds, flapping around this urban refuge.

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very much so @Atravelynn- lots of female sunbirds too - as well as the Bronze there were Variable and Olive-bellied females but the camera situation being what it was and the amount of energy it took to shoot sunbirds in particular I focused more on the colourful and easier to identify ones (i.e. the males) 

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Day 9

 

Kibale NP - Morning Walk

 

Upon returning from our afternoon excursion we had a discussion with Paul and Alfred about the next day’s activity. We had planned to go to Bigodi Swamp which many people visit when in the Kibale area; however, Alfred recommended we forego Bigodi and instead focus on the northern part of Kibale NP which in his experience offered better birding opportunities. Having successfully viewed L’Hoest’s monkeys, blue monkeys, red-tailed guenons, mantled guerezas, vervet monkeys, Tantalus monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys, my only concern was finding the last monkey - ashy red colobus – for which Bigodi is a known hot spot. We had already missed them at Lake Nkuruba and during our short Kibale dusk walk so this was our last chance to find them, however, Alfred advised that we did stand a good chance of seeing them in the northern part of Kibale he was proposing to visit. We trusted his judgement which had proved so helpful thus far.

 

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We thus set off at first light heading north making three important roadside stops along the way. First, we had a very active Black Bishop with a few Eastern Plantain-eaters and at last some clear views of Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater. At the second location there were Siffling Cisticola, African Stonechat, Holub’s Golden Weaver and a Lizard Buzzard all perched on the overhead wires in very close proximity to each other. 

 

Leaving Isunga

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Roadkill snake

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Black Bishop

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 Eastern Plantain-eater

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Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

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Lizard Buzzard 

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African Stonechat

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Holub’s Golden Weaver

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Our third stop was the most important – a papyrus swamp where we successfully located a pair of highly sought-after Papyrus Gonoleks; they were a very shy adult and more curious immature which gave better views. Another new bird here was an adorable chirping Grey-capped Warbler which gave a superb sighting and was one of the most memorable animals of the trip.

 

Papyrus Gonolek

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Grey-capped Warbler

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At around 8 30 we arrived at the roadside location in the northern part of Kibale which is characterized by more secondary growth than yesterday’s location, thus making it a good spot for some different species. The wildlife watching walk here was my favourite of the whole trip and was the perfect way to end our time with Paul and Alfred. We started off with difficult views of Great Blue Turaco and some more cooperative Grosbeak Weavers as well as Laughing Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Joyful Greenbul and a small party of Mosque Swallows. These were accompanied by some confiding and handsome Red-faced Cisticolas and the ever-present Common Bulbul. 

 

Half bird half dragon?

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Grosbeak Weaver

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Joyful Greenbul

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Red-faced Cisticola

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Laughing Dove and Mosque Swallow

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Continuing further we did manage to find the greatly anticipated Ashy Red Colobuses. This was in fact the best primate sighting of the trip; we had excellent and prolonged views all to ourselves and the monkeys were pretty active too. Later, Paul went ahead to find more troops which gave equally fantastic views and I have collated some photos from all the sightings here. So, just as Alfred had promised, all the monkeys were in the bag – and I think we saved the best till last. 

 

Ashy Red Colobus

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Naturally we were pretty distracted by the darling creatures when suddenly Alfred beckoned us for the best (read rarest/least commonly seen) bird of the trip – a lone White-naped Pigeon. This was an amazing sighting considering how uncommon these are (49 total observations on ebird as of 16/1/22) and Alfred mentioned that I was his first client to get a photo of the bird which was nice to know. The pigeon didn’t stay for long, but it was soon replaced by male African Emerald Cuckoo which was unfortunately a bit more distant. Pairs of both Black-throated Apalis and White-chinned Prinia also showed well. 

 

White-naped Pigeon

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African Emerald Cuckoo

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Black-throated Apalis 

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White-chinned Prinia

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We also had our best Olive Baboon sighting here which included a particularly impressive male and some more Mantled Guereza too. A Western Oriole showed long enough for some shots in the middle of which an African Shrike Flycatcher also appeared which led to some hasty toing and froing between them. Our last cuckoo species was a very distant and hidden immature Levaillant’s Cuckoo; I have no idea how Alfred managed to spot it, but I had to sit in the middle of the hard shoulder-cum-sidewalk to photograph it - fortunately there was very little traffic. 

 

Olive Baboon

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Mantled Guereza

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Western Oriole

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African Shrike Flycatcher 

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Levaillant’s Cuckoo

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We also had poor views of Blue-throated Roller as well as soaring Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills and Slender-billed Greenbul. Two of yesterday’s species – the Sooty Flycatcher and Grey-headed Barbet – showed much better today with the barbets all hanging around a female African Emerald Cuckoo which gave much better views than the  earlier male. A final excellent bird was a lone Forest Weaver – a relatively widespread bird in other parts of the continent but not that commonly seen in Uganda.  

 

Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill

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Forest Weaver

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Sooty Flycatcher

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Grey-headed Barbet

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African Emerald Cuckoo

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Kibale NP

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Kibale to Entebbe 

 

By 10 15 we had to leave – that was 1h 45m very well spent – because we needed to get back to Entebbe before the curfew and to have our COVID-19 test. Further restrictions were also rumoured to be announced this evening; driving through check points the mood was definitely more on edge and for the first time we were actually stopped. This was at a check point between Kyengeza and Kawungera where an officer said that there could only be a maximum of three persons in a vehicle. I’m not sure if he was just messing of perhaps he had misunderstood that rule which, as far as I know, did not apply to tourist vehicles. It took some hard convincing by Paul before we were back on the road.

 

We stopped for lunch first at Mubende but the restaurant was closed and so we drove for another 1h 30m until we arrived at Mityana where we took lunch at the Enro Hotel. This was very 1970s sort of place were apparently many civil servants go for lunch but on this particular day it was just us and some policemen together with a few Pied Crows – food was very good though. 

 

Following lunch we drove to Kampala where we had our COVID test at Test and Fly because, based on what we had read online, they had reliable turnarounds and walk-in tests without the need for pre-booking a timed appointment. At Test and Fly we said goodbye to Alfred and then continued to the Protea Entebbe where Paul dropped us off at just around sunset, giving him an hour to return home to Kampala before the curfew. Special shoutout to Paul for his calm and patient handling of the horrendous traffic! Though we had said our goodbyes to Paul and Alfred our trip wasn't quite over and we still had Mabamba and Entebbe Botanic Gardens to visit tomorrow. Relaxing back at the Protea I did manage to catch a good portion of Museveni’s speech over dinner and suffice to say I have never heard a less eloquent politician in all my life. 

 

 

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You've had a great trip with tons of fantastic wildlife. Congrats on the final monkeys (and the rare pigeon of course)! 

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thanks @Atdahl- I see we have similar taste in cameras - before my D500 I used a D7100 which I managed to smash in Kenya in 2019 - clearly I don't have the best luck with photography equipment :lol:

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Day 10

 

Today we spent the morning at Mabamba Swamp and the afternoon at Entebbe Botanic Gardens. The next day we went back to Mabamba Swamp as we had the time for an extra short visit before our flight home. This was arranged through Hamza at very short notice. Most shoebill tours go in the morning, but our second visit was in the afternoon but this wasn’t an issue at all. By now the memory on the SD cards for the D500 was running out so I had no option but to switch to the D4 and its compact flash. The photos from Entebbe Botanic Gardens and the second Mabamba visit are therefore from the D4 and the those from the first Mabamba visit still from the D500. I’m going to change the order here slightly and write about the gardens first then the two visits to Mabamba. 

 

Entebbe Botanic Gardens

 

Located a short taxi drive from the Protea the botanic gardens offer a nice introduction to Uganda birding. I have visited before and I think the place is certainly worth a quick visit if time allows. Last time we saw Tantalus monkeys and unstriped ground squirrel here though this time we had no luck with the mammals. Birding was still very good and we  had excellent views of lots of the common birds including Cattle Egret, Common Bulbul, African Thrush, Woodland Kingfisher, Eastern Plantain-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill and Red-eyed Dove. 

 

Red-eyed Dove

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Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill

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Eastern Plantain-eater

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African Thrush

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Closer to the lakeshore many waterbirds and raptors were also around; we saw Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African Fish Eagle, Yellow-billed Kite, Pied Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Black-headed Heron, African Openbill and Hadada Ibis. We also had a Little Banded Goshawk but the photo is terrible; the surrounding Crowned Hornbills were  much more obliging though. 

 

African Fish Eagle

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Hooded Vulture

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Striated Heron

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Crowned Hornbill

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From the smaller birds we were afforded our final views of Madagascar Bee-eater, Splendid Starling, Speckled Mousebird, Northern Black Flycatcher and quite a few Scarlet-chested Sunbirds. In the thicker forest part of the gardens Green Crombec and multiple Little Greenbuls showed well as well as a lone Black-and-white Mannikin and our sole African Pygmy Kingfisher of the trip. African Grey Parrots also flew overhead but views weren’t great. 

 

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

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Green Crombec 

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 Little Greenbul 

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Black-and-white Mannikin

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African Pygmy Kingfisher 

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In the clearings we enjoyed watching a family of Great Blue Turacos singing and cackling as the sun set – at last a good sighting of these majestic birds. African Green Pigeon, White-browed Coucal and soaring Pink-backed Pelican also showed nicely. Just to add on at the Protea we saw more Yellow-billed Kites, Common Bulbuls and Pied Kingfishers as well as Northern Brown-throated Weavers and African Pied Wagtails. 

 

Pink-backed Pelican

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African Green Pigeon

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Great Blue Turaco

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Entebbe Botanic Gardens

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Protea Entebbe

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Mabamba Swamp One

 

I had instructed Mamaland that we specifically wanted our Mabamba swamp trip to be by boat transfer to/from the Kigungu landing site just south of Entebbe airport. We had had our Mabamba trip from here the first time we came to Uganda and the boat ride was a very pleasant alternative to driving all the way to the main swamp then getting into a small canoe. Rather, this way we would ride in a larger canoe across Lake Victoria for about 45m then get into a small canoe when we got to the swamp. Our departure was slightly delayed this morning because heavy winds had made the Lake Victoria transfer unsafe in the early morning. However, we were soon on our way and a couple of noteworthy sightings right at Kigungu were a very confiding Hammerkop and the trip's sole Speckled Pigeon too. 

 

Hammerkop

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Speckled Pigeon

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Enroute

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We got to Mabamba and were taken straight to the Shoebill which was about a further 5 minutes into the swamp. It was as easy as that! There were a few other canoes and our guide mentioned there hadn’t been a sighting in the last two days. The sighting was excellent – totally unobscured and only a few metres from us. 

 

Shoebill

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We were the first canoe to leave the shoebill as I felt with four boats it was getting a bit crowded – of course if the shoebill felt uncomfortable it could have flown away but it seemed to be fine. As well as the shoebill this visit provided views of the usual Mabamba suspects - Blue-headed Coucal, Purple Heron, Barn Swallow, Intermediate Egret, African Jacana, Reed Cormorant, Swamp Flycatcher, Little Egret, Red-knobbed Coot, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and Northern Brown-throated Weaver. My favourite shot was probably of a low flying Grey-headed Gull, though the star sighting after the shoebill was a handsome African Marsh Harrier which have prolonged views. 

 

Little Egret

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Purple Heron

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Intermediate Egret

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Red-knobbed Coot

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Pied Kingfisher

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Malachite Kingfisher

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Northern Brown-throated Weaver

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Grey-headed Gull

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 African Marsh Harrier

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Day 11

 

Mabamba Swamp Two

 

We decided we wanted to visit Mabamba Swamp again because we felt we hadn’t gone deep enough into the heart of the swamp yesterday and that we could today focus on the area’s other wildlife and not just the shoebill. We informed our guide of exactly this, but I don’t think he really understood our request. I’ve been to Mabamba three times and this guide was definitely the worst – to start with he was on his phone for half the time and paid very little attention to our requests to go deeper into the swamp except at the end of the trip. 

 

We started off with a Nile Crocodile basking right in the middle of the swamp – not sure how frequently these turn up here but based on the reaction of other boats and even our guide, I don’t think there’re an everyday sighting. We also had another Shoebill which we really were not looking for but oh well – I guess some of that Bwindi luck must have been following us@Atravelynn ;) Just as we arrived at the shoebill it was swallowing a lungfish – we must have missed by kill by half a minute. 

 

Nile Crocodile

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Shoebill

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We also had many sightings of yesterday’s other birds – Intermediate Egret, Purple Heron, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Reed Cormorant, Little Egret, African Jacana Swamp Flycatcher and African Marsh Harrier. Species we didn’t get yesterday also showed, notably abundant Blue-breasted Bee-eaters, and Winding Cisticolas, Squacco Herons, Yellow-billed Ducks, Black Crake and Long-toed Lapwing too.  

 

Malachite Kingfisher

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African Marsh Harrier

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Purple Heron

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Blue-breasted Bee-eater

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Squacco Herons

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Yellow-billed Duck

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 Cattle Egret

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Long-toed Lapwing 

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African Jacana

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When we finally managed to get our guide to go into the narrower channels of the swamp we were rewarded with a pair of shy African Swamphens - just the sort animal we were looking to end the trip off on. The ride back to Entebbe was extremely bumpy with canoe being almost tossed among the crashing waves; we made it though, albeit a bit wet.

 

African Swamphen

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Concluding Remarks

 

Overall, we had an amazing time in Uganda. The trip was characterized by so many fantastic bird and mammal sightings as well as stunning forest and savannah landscapes. I really like Uganda as a slightly more atypical safari destination. I think it perfectly combines the classic safariing experience at Lake Mburo, QENP and Murchison Falls with primate and bird watching at Kibale, Bwindi and of course, Semliki. For us Lake Mburo was an unexpected highlight, the enigmatic Semliki captured our hearts, Bush Lodge was an absolute delight and all the other places – Kibale, QENP, Ishasha, Bwindi and Entebbe – were highly enjoyable too. Mamaland were also great and as I hope is very clear throughout this report, we really couldn’t have asked for better guides than Paul and Alfred – shoutout to Hamza too for organizing everything so well.

 

Despite the lens trouble I think most of the photos came out nicely and I think might just be tempted to use MF more often in some situations. However, both the Canon G3X and Topaz Sharpen AI were vital in making this trip a success in terms of photography. Just as an endnote I do want to apologize if some of the photos look overly grainy or with over saturated blues and greens – they looked fine when I edited them but upon uploading they appear to have changed a bit.

 

I’ve kept these remarks brief and I hope this report has proved a fun read. I recognize here that the pace has been a bit fast and I apologize for not taking more time earlier to write it up, rather than writing this sentence with a flight to Johannesburg in a few hours. I have nonetheless tried to provide a through picture of our experience and I hope this report has met the high standards of readers. I also apologize for any typos and welcome questions. 

 

The End

 

 

 

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@adamt123We certainly do share some of the same gear.  I Love my D500.  The D7100 is my backup now and so far I haven't needed it.  I think most of the folks on this forum take backup gear "just in case".  In fact, my D500 and 200-500mm survived a fall down a few stairs in Borneo a few years back and they all still work to this day!   That was really lucky.

 

Now, back to your report.  The shoebill shots are stunning!  I can't believe it hung around so long especially with multiple boats.  That's a great encounter.

 

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Geez, you uploaded so fast my reply is now at the end of you report...LOL!  You're too quick!

 

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this report.  We consider ourselves generalists as well with mammals and reptiles leading the way and birds close behind.  So, I really enjoyed all the photos you took and the well rounded report.  Uganda is now on my list and I need to look into it more once we feel comfortable with international travel again.

 

Thanks for posting your experiences, your report will be a great help to many out here.

 

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thanks @Atdahl- I have learnt my lesson with the cameras and a back up is now a must! 

 

yes the shoebill sighting(s) were indeed superb - i guess thats what it means to be lucky.

 

I certainly hope one day - whenever you are comfortable - Uganda might be a nice option to consider for you too :)

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Atravelynn

The birding opportunities and photos crescendoed as your trip concluded!  You have a great photo collection here!

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BRACQUENE

Thanks for everything @adamt123 If I would have half of your exceptional shoebill sightings next July in the Bangweulu Wetlands I will be a very happy man ;)

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adamt123

many thanks @Atravelynnand for your insightful comments throughout :)

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adamt123

Thank you @BRACQUENE- bangwelu looks like an awesome place to visit - I hope you have a great time and fingers crossed for that shoebill :)

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