Friday, 10 August 2018

Entebbe day 2

July 13th was my second day at Entebbe Botanic Gardens but my first full day.

  • Cloudy and drizzly. July should have been the driest month but locals said not so this year.
  • I visited all corners of the gardens. Near the lake had the most activity.
  • 32 species seen
  • Large numbers of Marabou stork as well as openbill and hamerkop in the north east corner near the lake.
  • Lifers were: long-crested eagle, great blue turaco, black-and-white-casqued hornbill, African pygmy-kingfisher, African hobby, black-headed paradise-flycatcher and red-chested sunbird

Marabou stork

great blue turaco



african pied wagtail

African pied wagtail was another species seen only in the far north east corner of the gardens.

long-crested eagle 1

long-crested eagle 2

woodland kingfisher 2

Egyptian goose

red-tailed monkey

There are three speices of monkey in the gardens but only one is a red-tailed monkey

black and white casqued hornbill 1

black and white casqued hornbill 2

little weaver

black-headed heron

Black-headed heron has less affinity to water than grey heron.

African thrush

black-headed paradise flycatcher

Black-headed paradise flycatcher has a red belly rather than pale grey belly of an African paradise-flycatcher.

Eastern plaintain eater

African pygmy kingfisher 1

African pygmy kingfisher is a kingfisher of woodland.

African pygmy kingfisher 2

Vervet monkey

Vervet monkey is the most numerous monkey in the gardens.

cattle egret

speckled mousebird

African palm swift near palms 1

African palm swift near palms 2

bronze mannikin

red-eyed dove

Species seen on July 13th 2018 at Entebbe Botanic Gardens
Egyptian Goose  
African Openbill  
Marabou Stork  
Long-tailed Cormorant  
Black-headed Heron  
Little Egret  
Cattle Egret  
Hadada Ibis  
African Harrier-Hawk  
Long-crested Eagle  
Black Kite (Yellow-billed)  
Red-eyed Dove  
Great Blue Turaco  
Eastern Plantain-eater  
African Palm-Swift 
Speckled Mousebird  
Crowned Hornbill  
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill  
African Pygmy-Kingfisher  
Woodland Kingfisher  
Pied Kingfisher  
African Hobby 
Black-headed Paradise-flyctacher 
Pied Crow  
Common Bulbul (Dark-capped)  
African Yellow White-eye 
Red-chested Sunbird  
African Pied Wagtail  
Little Weaver  
Bronze Mannikin  

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Entebbe day 1

I have a serious ambition to visit every country in the world (that are in the UN). This July I added four more: Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia (Somaliland) and Djibouti. This involved lots of flying and this can be quiet tiring. I compensate by not generally doing much travel within each country though there are always exceptions. In the case of Uganda, I stayed in Entebbe for four nights and only birded the botanic gardens.

  • Stayed at Egg Botanic View (recommended)
  • 20 metres walk each day to the front gate of the Botanic Gardens. The equator runs though and it is on Lake Victoria
  • Arrived early afternoon on July 12th
  • Birded straight after a hot shower in the hotel
  • 23 species seen. I concentrated on large birds
  • Plenty of birds of prey, either in the air or perched. 
    African Harrier-Hawk  
    Banded Snake-Eagle  
    Lizard Buzzard  
    Black Kite (Yellow-billed)  
    African Fish-Eagle

  • The snake eagle was the best find.
  • Lifers included orange weaver, black-headed gonolek, lizard buzzard and crowned hornbill
  • The gardens are a known hotspot and I meet other birders on each visit.


cattle egret

common bulbul (dark capped)

black-headed gonolek

Lake Victoria

yellow-billed kite

red-eyed dove

crowned hornbill 1

crowned hornbill 2

hadada ibis

orange weaver 1

orange weaver 2

great cormorant and long-tailed cormorant

African harrier-hawk 1

African harrier-hawk 2

Egg Botanic View

Entebbe botanic gardens. July 12th 2018
Long-tailed Cormorant  
Great Cormorant  
Little Egret  
Cattle Egret  
Hadada Ibis  
African Harrier-Hawk  
Banded Snake-Eagle  
Lizard Buzzard  
Black Kite (Yellow-billed)  
African Fish-Eagle  
Red-eyed Dove  
Eastern Plantain-eater  
Crowned Hornbill  
Pied Kingfisher  
Black-headed Gonolek  
Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher  
Common Bulbul (Dark-capped)  
White-browed Robin-Chat  
African Thrush  
Red-chested Sunbird  
Orange Weaver  

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Mid June in Nouakchott

Mid June in Nouakchott is the quietest time of year for birds.

  • The rainy season in southern Mauritania is July to mid October
  • Nouakchott normally gets 2 or 3 heavy rains almost any time during that period
  • It amounts often amounts to only 100 mm at that time
  • Mid June is before any potential rain
  • Most palearctic migrants have gone
  • No possible rainy season birds have arrived. In the case of this site that especially means blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • At the waste water site
    • Resident spur-winged lapwing appear to be making scrapes for nests
    • Still a few migrants namely woodchat shrike, willow warbler, blackcap and western olivaceous warbler
    • Sudan golden sparrow more numerous than in winter and spring
    • Similarly with Namaqua dove
Please note a series of blogs will follow reporting on my tour of Uganda, Rwanda, Somaliland and Djibouti in July.

spur winged lapwing

woodchat shrike

Sudan golden sparrow


willow warbler 1

willow warbler 2

willow warbler 3

Namaqua dove. One of many

plain tiger butterfly. Common at the site