Today was one of those that could make or break a trip. The mighty Shoebill was one of the top targets of the trip, and thankfully we obtained outstanding views for up to an hour. On the way to the swamp Paul received a call stating a Shoebill had been found and we swiftly made our way to the 'boats'. The way out was tense as we meandered our way through the swamp, but soon we were less then 30m away from the prehistoric beast and we were lucky enough to watch it hunt and then fly off, all after a 45 minute vigil of just admiring. Whilst there a Papyrus Gonolek showed superbly, another one of those must see species.
Afterwards we went around the swamp, then once on land the heavens opened, which made for a bird less afternoon on the way back to our hotel. A trip of Ross's Turacos got us invited into a police compound as the birds were only viewable from inside. An area by the hotel was birded up until dusk where little was seen. Despite the weather, a truly memorable day.
Viellot's Black Weaver
Northern Brown-throated Weaver
SHOEBILL - 1
Papyrus Gonolek - 1
Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu
Shoebill - views like this would be difficult to beat
the main road to the dock
Mabamba Swamp - we heard a Lesser Jacana in this area but frustratingly didn't pursue it
our vehicle for the three weeks