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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Uganda - Day 8 24/6/16

Bigodi Wetlands to Semliki Forest
After yesterdays triumph day, today was never going to be the same, however the wetlands held some great birds for what was a lengthy five hour walk before lunch in what were very hot conditions. The highlight for me was a White-spotted Flufftail that walked into my view only after hearing it several times. After the long walk I was exhausted and nearly fell asleep between the wetland and the guesthouse, a journey of 15 minutes!! Lunch was had then the journey to Semliki was next on the agenda, passing through Fort Portal then edging closer to the Rwenzori Mountains. A couple of stops were had with a few Raptors being the highlight. We stopped briefly in Semliki Forest to sort out a local guide for the morning, who seemed to be tempted by the bananas we had bought him. At the stop, we managed to get told off by a local guide for walking too far into the forest without a guide, though we did find a Blue-throated Brown Sunbird. We stayed at the Vanilla Hotel in a small town 15 minutes south of Semliki, very close now to the Congo border. The locals weren't as friendly here and we were spat at a couple of times, fortunately with closed windows on the vehicle. The hotel was better than expected, and whilst having dinner a swarm of Fruit Bats swept down from the small trees above us.

Martial Eagle - 1
Grey Kestrel - 5
White-spotted Flufftail - 1
African Grey Parrot
Klaas's Cuckoo
Blue-headed Coucal
White-browed Coucal
Alpine Swift - 10
Red-throated Bee-Eater - 3
Yellow-spotted Barbet - 2
Lesser Honeyguide
Yellow-spotted Nicator - 2
White-winged Warbler - 1
White-browed Crombec - 2
Ashy Flycatcher - 2
Vanga Flycatcher - 4
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird - 1
Grey-green Bushshrike - 2
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting - 1

 Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill
 African Grey Parrot
 Great Blue Turaco
 Levaillant's Cuckoo - the distinctive streaky throat seperates this from the closely related Jacobin Cuckoo
 White-tailed Ant-Thrush

 Olive Baboons
 Grey-Green Bushshrike
Western Banded Snake Eagle

 foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains
 the edge of Semliki Forest

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