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The final Uganda trip post, a few pics of the group and some of the excellent lodges we stayed at.

Wise Birding (the company I travel with) are running the trip again next year and I couldn't recommend it more highly. One of my favourite trips/destinations with incredible wilderness and super abundance. WISE BIRDING UGANDA 2020.

Graeme has been uploading our Ebird lists, so scroll back to earlier posts to find the added Ebird lists with hotspot locations. 

Will add a full trip report when complete. 

Fantastic Trip! 

 Looking over 'the Swamp', Bwindi Forest 

 The Gorilla trek day 
 Chris Townend- Wise Birding owner and group leader 
 Our lodge at Mburo Np (above and below) 

 A couple more accommodations (above and below)  



Wise Birding Uganda 2019 

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Our last full day birding was spent at Lake Mburo National Park which has unique mammals to Uganda including Impala, Topi and Zebra which are more typically in Kenya and Tanzania. It's also the best place in Uganda to see Finfoot. 

Ebird lists and full trip report to follow.

 African Finfoot- above and below (female) 

 Immature African Fish Eagle 
 Giant Kingfisher 
 Little Bittern 
 Little Bee-eater on Papyrus
 Vervet Monkey 
 Common Zebra 
 Topi 
Impala
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Today was an exhausting 10km trek to the swamp. However it was the best Albertine Rift endemic bird area we had visited so far with nearly every bird being a lifer. The highlight was Grauer's Broadbill. 

Ebird lists and full trip report to follow. 

 Grauer's Broadbill (above and below) 

 Dwarf Honeyguide 
 Stripe-breasted Tit 
 Grey Cuckooshrike 
 Yellow-streaked Greenbul
 Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher 
 White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
 White-headed Wood Hoopoe 
 Grauer's Rush Warbler 
Black-fronted Duiker 
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Today we travelled to Ruhija (another part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) and stopped off at the Neck on the way. Unfortunately the afternoon was a write off due to heavy rain and we spent the afternoon and evening sitting round a log fire trying to keep warm on the Equator!

 Golden-breasted Bunting 
 Tropical Boubou
 Bronze Sunbirds 
 Streaky Seedeater 
 View over the community land and tree plantations outside the forest
Three-horned Cameleon - this individual was seized by our guide from local boys who charge tourists for photographs. We released it in the forest. 
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Today was the big trek to find Mountain Gorillas. 15,000 steps up and down a mountain later and we had spent an hour with a group that had moved 4km since the previous evenings nest areas. We surprised the male Silverback who charged our group as we arrived- an unforgettable first encounter with Mountain Gorilla. 






 Young Mountain Gorillas above 
 Female Mountain Gorilla 
 The Silverback of the group 
 View from the top of the mountain over Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 
A few L'Hoest's Monkey were in the car park when we got back to the centre 
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Spent over 7 hours in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest today trying to find the local forest skulkers.

Ebird lists and full trip report to follow.

 Red-capped Robin-chat
 Bar-tailed Trogon 
 Red-faced Woodland Warbler 
 Equatorial Akalat
 Black-faced Rufous Warbler
 Dusky-blue Flycatcher

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We started this morning with a pre-dawn night drive and had a Serval! which unfortunately in the panic avoided the camera. The rest of the day was spent travelling 150km through the length of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to arrive in Kibale by the evening. 

 Red-throated Wryneck 
 Singing Cisticola 
 Stout Cisticola
 Lion (above and below) 

 Square-tailed Nightjar 
 Spotted Hyena
 Millions of the butterfly Belenois auroa on the journey, literally a blizzard of them over tens and tens of kilometers.

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We birded the road out of Kibale this morning and then made our way to Queen Elizabeth Park for an afternoon boat safari.

Ebird lists and full trip report to follow.
 African Skimmers (above and below) 

 Yellow-billed Stork 
 African Spoonbill 
 Marabou
 Black-and-white casqued Hornbill
 Yellow-backed Weaver 
 Verreaux's Eagle Owl 
 African Elephants 
 African Buffalo and Hippo 
 Olive Baboon 
 Red-tailed Monkey 
 Red Colobus 
Red-tailed Monkeys 
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Over 100 species today within walking distance of our lodge at Kibale. The habitat was mainly farm bush with papyrus swamp in the valleys. Amazing to see so many birds in farmland. 

Papyrus Gonelek
Mackinnon's Fiscal 
Bocage's Bush-shrike
Ludher's Bush-shrike
Common Fiscal
Grey-headed Warbler 
White-collared Oliveback 
Yellow-bellied Waxbill
Great Blue Turacos 
White-chinned Prinia
Brimstone Canary
Tawny-flanked Prinia 



 Grey Parrots
 Black-shouldered Nightjar 
African Wood Owl 
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Day five was spent travelling to Kibale and day six we visited the Semuliki Forest. Semiluki is the other side of the Albertine Rift and marks the eastern most extension of the Lower Guinea (Guinea-Congo) Forest that stretches from West Africa to the edge of the East African Uplands. It was basically like being back in Ghana with typical West African species. 

Ebird lists and Full Trip Report to follow. 

 Black-casqued Hornbill 
 Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill 
 Yellow-throated Nicator
 Yellow-eyed Bristlebill (Green-tailed Bristlebill) 
 Grey-headed Sunbird (Eastern equivalent of Fraser's Sunbird) 
 Grey-cheeked Mangabey
 Alexander's Bush Squirrel 
 Pennant-winged Nightjar- an unfortunate road kill victim 
 Above and below- Forest Elephants are present in the Semulike Forest so we had to bird with armed rangers. We heard them nearby crashing through the jungle and the enormous footprints and dung piles were everywhere. 


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