We stopped beside one of the Crater Lakes on the way out of the Kibale National Park area of Uganda for the view, and spotted this pair of Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eaters in the trees down the road. We walked a bit closer and I was able to get this shot at 1200mm equivalent on my Sony Rx10iv. This is the Bee-eater I had seen, but not photographed, at Murchinson Falls National Park a few days earlier, so I was happy to get it. We saw several others in Bwindi later in the trip, but this was my first good look and photograph. The Cinnamon-breasted looks, at first glance, almost identical to the Little Bee-eater…but there are differences in the tail and cheek patch, and a general difference in overall body proportions that give the slightly larger Cinnamon away. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Of course we saw weavers everywhere we went in Uganda. They are among the most common birds anywhere in East Africa, and it sometimes seems their nests hang in at least half of the trees and bushes. There are close to 40 species of weavers, social-weavers, buffalo-weavers, forest-weavers, etc. listed in Birds of East Africa. We encountered these three species in close proximity around the holding ponds on the Bigodi Swamp Walk, in Bigodi Village near Kibale National Park. I think what I have here is 1) Village or Black-headed Weaver, 2 and 3) Yellow-backed Weaver (also confusingly sometimes called Black-headed), and Vieillot’s Black Weaver. All 4 photos were taken standing in the same spot. Sony Rx10iv at 1200mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic.
Another good bird from our Bigodi Swamp Walk in Bigodi Village near Kibale National Park, Uganda…the Olive-bellied Sunbird, spotted at the edge of bean field on our way back to the center. The Bogodi Swamp Walk is one of two excursions offered by the Bogodi Ecotourism Center, which is, as I mentioned yesterday in another Facebook post, a community initiated, community funded, and community run effort to develop tourism in the village, with a staff of naturalists and cultural interpreters and extensive connections among the local people. (And, while you are parked at their somewhat rustic office, you can have your safari van professionally washed and cleaned inside and out!) The guide who took us exploring on the extensive network of trails was an excellent birder. This is all very low-keyed…a ramble through forest edges and across crop fields, and a visit to some holding ponds where the swamp probably was, but the staff is knowledgeable and the birds are great! And you have to admire the foresight and courage in the village that developed and maintains the project. #Epic_Uganda_Vacations.
I probably took 500 shots of the Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda when we visited, and, using Anti-motion Blur mode for the low light, I was limited to single exposures, so there were no motor drive duplicates in there. It was such a rewarding experience to be there, close to the Chimps in the wild, seeing them interact naturally…or as naturally as is possible with Chimps that are used to human observation. They were obviously fully aware of their audience, even if they only gave us the occasional glance as they went about their chimpanzee business. I have to wonder what they think of the cell phone brandishing, noisy groups in their unnaturally bright colors who come to dance around them twice a day. I am sure they would love to get their hands on one of those phones…just to see what all the fuss is about. 🙂 This young chimp seems to have us all pretty well sized up. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Anti-motion Blur mode. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Our group of Chimpanzees at Kibale National Park in Uganda spent most of their time while we visited grooming themselves and each other. This apparently young Chimp was more solitary, for whatever reason. A portrait at 150mm equivalent. Anti-motion Blur mode. (Equivalent ISO 2500.) Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. #Epic_Uganda_Vacations