Hooded Grebes - Patagonia - November 2016

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Uganda - Day 14 30/6/16

Buhumo - Ruhija (Bwindi)
A really good day today catching up on a few more Albertine Rift Endemics. We again started at Buhumo Eco Lodge where we saw a wealth of birds from the restaurant balcony. Once again I had a poor nights kip suffering from some kind of allergy, but I survived. After breakfast the porters collected our bags from our tent, and my bins as I had left them down there!! We left Buhumo and birded several areas along the way to Ruhija, including 'The Neck' that proved to be quieter then normal. The views as we climbed higher were breathtaking, literally!! Lunch was had next to a singing Chestnut-throated Apalis. We arrived at our base in Ruhija mid-afternoon. Ruhija is a tiny village based very high up with superb panoramic views of the mountains. Our lodge was nice enough for the location, and the owner was just very funny. He felt very privileged to give us a tour of a single open room where he pointed out tea & coffee, restaurant and for some reason a chimney. I got the giggles and resorted to looking at the floor for the remainder of the brief. Anyway, we birded a trail on the opposite hillside and this proved to be very productive with a good list of Albertine Rift Endemics seen, and a lovely sunset to finish off a productive day.

Black Sparrowhawk
Augur Buzzard
Crowned Hawk Eagle - 1
Grey-crowned Crane
Olive Pigeon - 20
African Grey Parrot
Black Bee-Eater - 5
Cinnamon-breasted Bee-Eater
Blue-throated Roller - 1
Scaly-throated Honeyguide - 1
Dwarf Honeyguide - 1
Grey/Grauer's Cuckooshrike - 2
Shelley's Greenbul
Honeyguide Greenbul
Olive Thrush - 1
Chubb's Cisticola - 2
MOUNTAIN MASKED APALIS - 2
Chestnut-throated Apalis
GRAUER'S WARBLER - 2
RED-FACED WOODLAND WARBLER
CHAPIN'S FLYCATCHER - 3
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
Grey-winged Robin-Chat
African Stonechat - 2
Chinspot Batis - 2
Rwenzori African Hill Babbler - 1
Arrow Marked Babbler
STRIPE-BREASTED TIT - 2
REGAL SUNBIRD - 2
Mackinnon's Fiscal - 4
Ludher's Bushshrike - 2
Pink-footed Puffback
Purple-headed Glossy Starling
Black-billed Weaver
Holub's Golden Weaver - 1
Red-headed Malimbe
Yellow-bellied Waxbill
Golden-breasted Bunting
Streaky Seedeater
Thick-billed Seedeater
Black-throated Canary

 Mackinnon's Fiscal
 Black Bee-Eater
 Stripe-breasted Tit
 Grauer's Warbler - unexpectedly very good views
 Streaky Seedeater
Olive Piegon




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