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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Uganda - Day 6 22/6/16

Masindi to Kibale
Today was a driving day between the above two sites that took around 8 hours to complete, not including the couple of stops along the way. Most of the drive was on dirt 'roads' and through mainly cultivated landscapes, but this did produce a few good birds. Other notable sightings was a lorry reversing off a one metre curb and nearly tilting over, and another lorry's left front wheel buckled leaving it stranded in the road. A few Chinese people were scattered along the road, no doubt in the future these roads will be tarmacked. When we hit the tarmac, the potholes came into force, and some were unavoidable. We eventually arrived at the Chimpanzee Guest House after a couple more stops on the outskirts of Kibale Forest. The owner gave us a briefing but we had to stop him short as a Bronze Sunbird landed just behind him, us not knowing we would be seeing plenty over the next few days. The views from our lodge were brilliant over the west end of Kibale Forest.

Grey-crowned Crane
Levaillant's Cuckoo - 1
Cinnamon-chested Bee-Eater - 2
White-throated Bee-Eater - 1
White-headed Wood Hoopoe
Rock Martin
Mosque Swallow
Croaking Cisticola
White-chinned Prinia
Brown-backed Scrub-Robin - 2
White-browed Scrub-Robin
African Blue Flycatcher
Bronze Sunbird
Marico Sunbird
Marsh Tchagra - 2
Tropical Boubou - 2
Narrow-tailed Starling
Black-winged Bishop
Grey-headed Oliveback - 5
Brown Twinspot - 1
African Firefinch
Black-crowned Waxbill

 White-throated Bee Eater - a much wanted bird for me having missed them previously in The Gambia. This was the only one we saw, mainly due to the fact they are intra-African migrants and arrive into Uganda around late July, so a lucky sighting.
Marsh Tchagra

typical scenario in rural Africa - a broken vehicle

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