Birding in Africa - Part II

Here is the second instalment of the ‘Birding in Africa’ series. If you missed the first one, you can read it here - Birding in Africa - Part I

As mentioned in the previous instalment, Africa is an amazingly diverse continent, very rich in its flora and fauna. It is home to more than 2300 species of bird life. In these posts, I try to focus on the Eastern part of Africa which is constituted of these countries – “Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi”. Close to 1800 species of birds can be found in this region.

Though there are many birding specific locations in Africa, a lot of these lovely, winged friends can be spotted along the major and the most popular African safari routes across Kenya and Tanzania. The picnic spots in most of the National parks, where people on safaris, stop-over for breakfast and lunch are great places to do some quick birding.

[caption id=“attachment_18051” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]d’Arnaud-Barbet-Serengeti D’Arnaud’s barbet - Central Serengeti, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18052” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”] Masked weaver ( I think, have to confirm ) - Central Serengeti, Tanzania[/caption]

Tanzania is home to parks like the Lake Manyara NP, Tarangire NP, Lake Chala, the vast expanses of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Bio-Reserve among many others. The forest patches of Lake Manyara is very good for birding. It is estimated that close to 400 species of birds call this place their home. Tarangire NP is one of those underrated parks which is very good for birding as well as for other game.

[caption id=“attachment_18055” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Red-and-yellow barbet Red-and-yellow barbet - Tarangire NP, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18054” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Red-billed hornbill Red-billed hornbill - Tarangire NP, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18056” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Silver-cheeked-Hornbill Silver-cheeked hornbill - Lake Manyara NP, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18057” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]White-bellied-Go-away-bird White-bellied go-away bird - Lake Chala, Tanzania[/caption]

The Southern circuit of Serengeti, known as Ndutu is particularly rich in bird life owing to a wide variety of habitats it supports like the woodlands, marshes, lakes and the open grassland.

[caption id=“attachment_18063” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Long-crested-eagle Long-crested eagle - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18083” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Black-winged-lapwing-adult-Serengeti Black-winged lapwing ( adult ) - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18084” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Black-winged-lapwing-juvenile-Serengeti Black-winged lapwing ( juvenile ) - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18091” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Grey-breasted-spurfowl-Ndutu Grey-breasted spurfowl - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18090” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Weaver-Serengeti Another weaver ( not sure which ) - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18067” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]African-pygmy-falcon African pygmy falcon - Central Serengeti, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18068” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Common-Snipe-Ndutu-Tanzania Common Snipe - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

Ngorongoro, with its very unique ecosystem supports a wide variety of bird life too.

[caption id=“attachment_18059” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Abdim’s-Stork-Tanzania Abdim’s stork - Ngorongoro, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18060” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Augur buzzard Augur buzzard - Ngorongoro, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18061” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Black-bellied-bustard Black-bellied bustard - Ngorongoro, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18062” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Cape-teal-Ndutu-Tanzania Cape teal - Ndutu, Tanzania[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18075” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Southern-Ground-Hornbill Southern ground hornbill - Central Serengeti, Tanzania[/caption]

At times, other interesting creatures cross our path as well, like this beautiful chameleon from the forests around Lake Chala.

[caption id=“attachment_18076” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]Tiny-Chameleon-Lake-Chala-Tanzania Chameleon - Lake Chala, Tanzania[/caption]

And this lovely leaf mantis at one of the picnic spots in Tarangire NP.

[caption id=“attachment_4738” align=“aligncenter” width=“1920”]Leaf-Mantis Leaf mantis - Tarangire NP, Tanzania[/caption]

Kenya is home to the grasslands of Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Samburu, Nakuru and Lake Bogoria, to name a few, which are very rich in their avian diversity. Will share more images from these parks in the next post.

[caption id=“attachment_18072” align=“aligncenter” width=“1280”]African-fish-eagle African fish eagle - Lake Naivasha, Kenya[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_18073” align=“aligncenter” width=“1279”]Giant-Kingfisher-Lake-Naivasha-Kenya Giant kingfisher - Lake Naivasha, Kenya[/caption]

Africa is a treasure trove for bird lovers. So much of diversity and so much to cover. An exclusive birding outing to the place will be well worth it I guess. Hope you enjoyed this post. Here’s until the next time.

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