Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Entebbe and the Kingfisher Tree

Entebbe lies on the shore of Lake Victoria.  The lakeshore is very much like being on the beach. The town itself is very green with many large trees and many, many birds. There are also Vervet Monkeys, and Black and White Colobus Monkeys around town.
Aquatic birds abound along the lakeshore. Above are a pair of Spur-winged Plovers and Black-winged Stilts.
Little Egret
Yellow-billed Ducks

African Fish Eagles patrol the lakeshore.
Walking along the shore we came to this tree growing out over the water. We counted more than 50 Pied Kingfishers perched in that tree. Most were resting deep in the foliage.There were several species of weavers nesting in the same tree.
Pied Kingfishers hover above the water before they strike, like most kingfishers.
Orange Weavers were nesting in the kingfisher tree. I did not see Orange Weavers anywhere else on the trip.
Woodland Kingfishers do not associate with water. They are forest dwellers that do not eat fish.
African Firefinch
Common Bulbuls were so common they almost clogged up our binoculars so we could'nt see the other bird species.
An odd little bird, Black and White Shrike Flycatcher. This is the female. Next we will visit the destination of many birders, Mabamba Swamp.

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