Saturday, 15 August 2015

East Africa Week 1

Uganda 19 July 2015 – 25 July 2015

I have not been able to upload photographs to my blog without wifi or decent band width but will add my photographs to my blog post as soon as I can.

We are having the most brilliant time in Uganda with everything being great. Our trip was organised by our local ground agents Avian Watch Uganda.  Everything is going really well with Robert, our fantastic guide (who knows all the sites and calls and can whistle birds in) and Paul, our driver and fixer, for who nothing was too much.

The highlight of our first week in Uganda was seeing Shoebill at Mabamba Wetlands, just west of Kampala.  It was an amazing bird especially when it looked at us, because it looked positively evil.  Also as a monotypic family (one bird in the family) it was good to see, in case I try to see all the families.

Shoebill, Mabamba Wetlands

Shoebill, Mabamba Wetlands

Day 1 – Mabamba Wetlands and Lutembe Bay

Day 2 – Lutembe Bay and Mabira Forest near Jinja

Day 3 – Mabira Forest and then birding enroute to Mbale

Day 4 – Mount Elgon

Day 5 – Birding enroute to Soroto, birding along main road and boat trip on Lake Basina

Day 6 – Boat trip on Lake Basina, travel to Kidepo Valley National Park and birding enroute

Day 7 – Kidepo Valley National Park

As at the end of my first week, I had seen 301 species of which 122 were new, which was fantastic.

About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 12 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She is looking forward to going Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa and watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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