Monday, September 25, 2017

Birding at Lake Mburo NP

I spent a few days at Lake Mburo Camp and had a chance to to a little birding

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Lilac-breasted Roller

African Fish-eagle


Monday, May 29, 2017

Birds of Uganda - Black Kite

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors. It is thought to be the world's most abundant species of Accipitridae, although some populations have experienced dramatic declines or fluctuations. Current global population estimates run up to 6 million individuals. Unlike others of the group, black kites are opportunistic hunters and are more likely to scavenge. They spend a lot of time soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food. Their angled wing and distinctive forked tail make them easy to identify.

Birds of Uganda - Marabou stork

The Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara, in both wet and arid habitats, often near human habitation, especially landfill sites. It is sometimes called the "undertaker bird" due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of "hair".

Friday, May 26, 2017

Birds of Uganda - Eastern Plantain-eater

The Eastern Plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus), also known as the eastern grey plantain-eater, is a large member of the turaco family, a group of large arboreal near-passerine birds restricted to Africa.

This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical east Africa. It lays two or three eggs in a tree platform nest.

These are common, noisy and conspicuous birds, despite lacking the brilliant colours of relatives such as the violet turaco. They are 50 cm (20 in) long, including a long tail, and weigh 392–737 g (13.8–26.0 oz). Their plumage is mainly grey above spotted with brown. The head, erectile crest, neck and breast are brown streaked with silver. The underparts are whitish, heavily streaked with brown.

Eastern plantain-eater has a thick bright yellow bill, and shows a white wing bar in flight. The sexes are identical, but immatures have a black woolly head without silver streaking.

This bird is similar to the closely related western plantain-eater. However, eastern plantain-eater has white tail bars, and lacks the chest bars and dark wing feather shafts of its western relative.

This species feeds on fruit, especially figs, and other vegetable matter.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Birds of Uganda - Shikra

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

 The shikra is a small raptor (26–30 cm long) and like most other Accipiter hawks, this species has short rounded wings and a narrow and somewhat long tail. Adults are whitish on the underside with fine rufous bars while the upperparts are grey. The lower belly is less barred and the thighs are whitish. Males have a red iris while the females have a less red (yellowish orange) iris and brownish upperparts apart from heavier barring on the underparts. The females are slightly larger. The mesial stripe on the throat is dark but narrow. In flight the male seen from below shows a light wing lining (underwing coverts) and has blackish wing tips. When seen from above the tail bands are faintly marked on the lateral tail feathers and not as strongly marked as in the Eurasian sparrowhawk. The central tail feathers are unbanded and only have a dark terminal band.[2] Juveniles have dark streaks and spots on the upper breast and the wing is narrowly barred while the tail has dark but narrow bands. A post juvenile transitional plumage is found with very strong barring on the contour feathers of the underside.[3] The call is pee-wee, the first note being higher and the second being longer. In flight the calls are shorter and sharper kik-ki ... kik-ki.

Shikra (Accipiter badius) call   Bernard BOUSQUET

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Birds of Uganda - White-browed Coucal

The White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa. It inhabits areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub, including in suitable coastal regions.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Backyard birding - Brimstone Canary

Brimstone Canary (Crithagra sulphurata)

The brimstone canary or bully canary, (Crithagra sulphurata), is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is a resident breeder in central and southern Africa.  This species is found in open, lightly wooded habitats, such as hillsides with trees or scrub and forest edges.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Backyard Birding - Marico Sunbird

Marico Sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis)

This stunning sunbird is often found in more arid areas, where it is a common resident in woodland and savanna. The male can be separated from purple-banded sunbird by its larger size, longer bill and broader purple breast band.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Backyard birding - Marico sunbird

Marico sunbird or Mariqua sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis)

A welcome frequent visitor to my garden




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Birds of Uganda - Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)

Backyard birding on a very cloudy day.

Black-headed Heron is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. It is mainly resident, but some west African birds move further north in the rainy season.
This species usually breeds in the wet season in colonies in trees, reedbeds or cliffs. It builds a bulky stick nest, and lays 2–4 eggs.
It often feeds in shallow water, spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. It will also hunt well away from water, taking large insects, small mammals, and birds. It will wait motionless for its prey, or slowly stalk its victim.
The black-headed heron is a large bird, standing 85 cm tall, and it has a 150 cm wingspan. It is nearly as large as the grey heron, which it resembles in appearance, although it is generally darker. Its plumage is largely grey above, and paler grey below. It has a powerful dusky bill.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Backyard birding

Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)

Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius) - song   Jacek Betleja

The lesser masked weaver (Ploceus intermedius) is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. It builds its nests in large colonies, often alongside the village weaver and sometimes the red-billed buffalo weaver.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Birds of Uganda

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

Hadada ibises are long-legged wading birds who belong to the same order as herons, storks, and flamingos. Ibises were buried with ancient Egyptian mummies as gifts to their gods. Hadadas are so named because of their loud call while in flight, “Haa-daa-daa.” They prefer to nest in isolation, unlike other more social ibises that gather in nesting sites consisting of thousands of birds. While adapted to wetland habitats, the hadada is more terrestrial (living on land) than aquatic (living in water). When feeding in water, ibises use their down-curved bills to locate food by touch rather than sight.

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) - call   Rory Nefdt

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Birds of Uganda

African Grey Hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus)

On our walk at Lake Mburo National Park we saw a few of these. Checked this one off my life list. 😉