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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Uganda - Day 10 26/6/16

Semliki to Queen Elizabeth NP
After a bad nights kip feeling under the weather I was pleased when the alarm went off. Our big targets for the morning waere the White-crested Hornbill and Swamp Palm Bulbul, species in Uganda that are only found in Semliki Forest. We 'sadly' left the Vanilla Hotel and headed for Semliki Forest, with views to the west looking over The Congo, and views to the east revealed low level mist over the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The forest was yet again quiet this morning, but eventually we found the above two species, though the Hornbill was very difficult to see, but eventually good views were had. We then left for Queen Elizabeth NP stopping in Fort Portal for lunch. It took most of the afternoon to reach Marafiki Lodge but it was worth the journey. The lodge was stunning (despite the outside shower) with panoramic views of Lake Edward and the high Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge was only 38km from The Congo. From our balcony we could see our first Ugandan Cob on the savannah below.

Western Bronze-naped Pigeon - 1
Black-billed Turcao
Blue-naped Mousebird - 20
Blue-breasted Kingfisher - 1
White-crested Hornbill - 2
Piping Hornbill
Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill
Swamp Palm Bulbul - 5
Red-tailed Greenbul
Rufous Flycatcher Thrush
Grey-headed Sunbird
Marsh Tchagra
Brown-crowned Tchagra - 1
Red-collared Widowbird
Grosbeak Weaver
House Sparrow - 4

Swamp Palm Bulbul - a typical canopy species but nice to get a shot of this rare bird

 the road adjacent to Semliki Forest

me and Ian enjoying the view

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