Wednesday, 19 April 2017

BIRDING IN SEMLIKI VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

BIRDING IN SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK UGANDA 
Birds in semliki valley national park 
Bird life is spectacular in Semliki valley, with 441 recorded species, representing 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and 66% (216) of the country’s forest bird species. The list is expanded by the riverine habitat and a fringe of grassland in the east of the park. There are numerous rarities; 46 Guinea-Congo biome species are found nowhere else in East Africa while another 35 can be seen in only two or three other places in Uganda.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES IN RWANDA - BIRDING SAFARI IN RWANDA IS WORTH WHILE

 UNDERSTANDING BIRDING IN RWANDA
Birds in Rwanda 
Rwanda prides for sheltering one of the highest bird populations on the African continent. Ranked among the top five bird destinations in the entire world for those searching for an extreme rewarding birding tour experience. Any meaningful  birding excursion / safari ought to incorporate both the wetter and mountainous western regions, the drier savannahs of the east, some of the marshy / wet lands of Akanyaru and Kivu and tropical forests in the south west. 
Rwanda is strategically located in the Albertine Rift of Africa and its dense forests and mountains create a unique and remarkable environment for ecotourists to have memorable experience. Though small (about 250km east-west by 150km north-south) it has a bird life of about 700 species and supports the second highest number of Albertine Rift endemics than any other country in the region. Rwanda has a total of seven Important Birding Areas (IBAs), as currently reported by Bird life International, including the 3 major National Parks - Volcanoes National park, Akagera National park and Nyungwe, Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo.
BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
The wetlands and lakes of Akagera are home to the most sought after Shoebill stork, and is one of the easiest points in the country where it can be viewed.
A bird in Akagera national park
Additionally, Akagera is home to a mixture of acacia and papyrus species, which include Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies), Bennett’s Woodpecker, White-collared Oliveback, Papyrus Gonolek, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, Carruther's and Tabora Cisticolas, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers and Miombo Wren-Warblers.