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                                        Trip Report to Uganda                          by Sue Bryan

                                         Nov 3rd – Nov 18th 2017                                                                                          



This was a birding holiday that was organised independently by a friend of friends who used to live in Uganda. My friends and I had enjoyed a meal together and we had talked about Uganda. They inspired me to visit (it was not difficult to persuade me!) My friends contacted Harriet Kemigisha and let her know of my interest in visiting Uganda. I emailed Harriet about my desire to concentrate on the forests, as this was where most of my wanted world ticks would come from, and my desire to see Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Harriet set about arranging an amazing trip for me staying at her home as well as other accommodation suitable for where I needed to be for the best birding opportunities. She was not only good company but a wonderful bird guide as well as encouraging local bird guides.

Guide Harriet Kemigisha


Nov 3rd      Norwich - Amsterdam – Kigali (Rwanda) - Entebbe

Nov 4th      Entebbe – Mabamba -Lake Mburo

Nov 5th      Mburo

Nov 6th      Mburo - Rahija

Nov 7th      Rahija

Nov 8th      Rahija

Nov 9th      Buhoma

Nov 10th    Queen Elizabeth Park

Nov 11th    Semuliki

Nov 12th    Semuliki

Nov 13th    Kibale National Park

Nov 14th    Kibale - Fort Portal - Masindi

Nov 15th    Masindi – Royal Mile Budongo Forest – Murchison Falls

Nov 16th    Murchison Falls

Nov 17th    Murchison Falls

Nov 18th    Murchison Falls - Luwero - Kampala - Entebbe - Amsterdam

Nov 19th    Amsterdam - Norwich


International flights to Entebbe via Amsterdam and Kigali (Rwanda) with KLM (£540return)

Gorilla Permit

US$600 (£445) A Gorilla permit is necessary if you wish to trek to see the Gorillas in Uganda. Harriet also hired a porter for me.


Visas to Uganda cost US$ 50 (£38).


I used an ATM at Entebbe airport to exchange about £100 to Ugandan Shillings for a few beers for Harriet and myself at the end of the day.


Uganda straddles the equator and has a tropical climate, generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August). It is semiarid in the northeast.


Equatorial Uganda contains several very diverse ecosystems including multi-strata tropical forest, dry deciduous forest, woodland, mosaic grassland forest, savannah woodland and savannah.

Daily Log

3rd November

I left home at 3am to fly from Norwich airport on an early morning flight to Amsterdam where I then flew to Kigali in Rwanda. After admiring Rwanda for a while I flew to Entebbe where Harriet and Bahati picked me up and whisked me away in the late night warmth to a guest house over-looking Lake Victoria.

4th November

Harriet and I were up early and I made the most of the birds in the garden of the guest house refreshing my acquaintance with some familiar African species. My first world tick was the second bird of the day, a Broad-billed Roller. A Red-chested Sunbird was next as well as an Angolan Swallow.

We were then driven to Mabamba Swamp where we sat in a canoe and were paddled out along the narrow channels and into the swamp. Slender-billed Weaver and Swamp Flycatcher were busy in their activities as was a Grey-capped Warbler.  Our boatman was soon in difficulty as he had to battle with the vegetation to manoeuvre the canoe to a position where we could see the Shoebill and I could take photos. I was excited as we got nearer and soon I could see the rather large heron with the dinosaur looks! The bird took no notice of us as it caught its prey and devoured it. After taking many photos my pen was kept busy as I noted down familiar African species. Pied Kingfishers are always good to see as are Malachite Kingfisher, Glossy Ibis, Yellow-billed Duck, Squacco Heron, Hottentot Teal, Fan-tailed Widowbird and Long-toed Lapwing. They all went on my trip list as I added Winding Cisticola to my life list.


                                                         Harriet and Sue


                                                          Pied Kingfisher



                                          Malachite Kingfisher       

                                                   Swamp Flycatcher

I continued to add birds to my list as we made our back along the channel to the village. Here we wandered around the bushes and added Black Crake, Sooty Chat, Northern Brown-throated Weaver and Grey-backed Shrike as well as many birds that I have seen before in Africa. We motored on towards Lake Mburo stopping for lunch on the Equator.

We turned off the main road and onto the trackway where Harriet knew of a spot where we could see the difficult to find Brown-chested Lapwing, a lifer for me. Abdim’s Stork stood at the side of the track as I admired Lilac-breasted Roller, Diederik Cuckoo, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Marico Sunbird and lifers in the way of Black-headed Gonolek and Trilling Cisticola.

Sue standing either side of the equator

                            Brown-chested Lapwing       

                                                              Abdim's Stork

We continued our journey to the camp where the views were stunning as we settled down to an evening meal before making our way to our accommodation for the night. I had quite a walk to mine in the dark, down the hillside!

The view from the camp at Mburo.

5th November

We were up early for a game drive in the park. A Broad-billed Roller and Little Bee-eater posed for the camera and I was delighted by some Dwarf Mongeese that were playing in the road before running for safety in a rock. A Bushbuck was lurking in the roadside bushes, too shy to come out. I added White-headed Saw-wing and Brown-backed Scrub Robin as lifers as well as a Long-tailed Cisticola.


                                         Broad-billed Roller

                                                       Little Bee-eater



                                           Long-tailed Cisticola

                                                        Yellow-throated Longclaw

Black-lored Babblers were entertaining in the bushes as a Grey-crowned Crane strolled by. A Grey Kestrel was good to see as a Crested Barbet added itself to the list along with Striped Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher and African Pygmy Kingfisher. Several more familiar species bolstered my list in the form of Common Buzzard, Fork-tailed Drongo, African Fish Eagle and Helmeted Guineafowl.

                                Grey-crowned Crane

                                                 Pygmy Kingfisher

                                              Grey Kestrel

                                              Lilac-breasted Roller

The light conditions were good as I enjoyed taking photographs of a Bare-faced Go-away-bird and a Rupell’s Long-tailed Starling. Harriet had trained our driver, Bahati, well and I was convinced he had eyes in the back of his head as he was very good at knowing when to stop and how to place the vehicle.

                               Bare-faced Go-away-Bird

                                         Rupell's Long-tailed Starling

Besides the birding I enjoyed views of many animals that I have seen before that posed wanting their photographs taken. These included Warthog, Waterbuck Eland and Impala.





We returned to the camp and restaurant for some lunch before setting out again for an afternoon game drive. Around the camp I took photos of Meyer’s Parrot, Speckled Mousebird and African Green Pigeon.

                                               Wattled Lapwing

                                           Yellow-billed Oxpecker


Spot-flanked Barbet, Cardinal woodpecker and Green Wood Hoopoe were all seen on the game drive along with Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Brown Snake Eagle, Wattled Lapwing and Nubian Woodpecker. I continued to admire the animals and Topi were enjoying wandering the savannah. African Cuckoo, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Common Scimitarbill and Golden-breasted Bunting were all seen as I admired the Zebra, especially the one with an unusual pattern on its back.

                                              African Green Pigeon

                                               Speckled Mousebird

                                                     Zebra Crossing

                                                 Wahlberg's Eagle

Meyer's Parrot

We returned before dark for an evening meal but there was no rest as Harriet was keen to show me the nightjars that were present around the rocks that we were camped on. We also went for a night drive and added Swamp Nightjar, Freckled Nightjar and Black-shouldered Nightjar. Water Thick-knees were often on the trackway soaking up the warm African evening.

                                      Cardinal Woodpecker

                                    Zebra with unusual markings

Upon our return from the night drive I walked down a steep track to my tent in the dark. It was a bit of eerie experience as it was exceedingly dark and my senses were heightened with all the animal noises. I was in for a bad night as a tooth that the NHS had refused to repair in the summer was now giving me some grief and I was soon in agony. I lay awake all night listening to the Freckled Nightjars.

6th November

Sue having a tooth extracted!

By the morning it was clear that I needed to visit a dentist as I was in agony. Luckily today was to be a travel day and we were going to be passing through Mbarara a large town where Harriet knew she would find a dentist. We set off and stopped at Mbarara where Harriet accompanied me up to a dental surgery. We walked straight in and for the next half hour the dentist battled with extracting my tooth. It is not an experience that I wish to repeat in a hurry! The dentist equipped me with pain killers and antibiotics and coupled with malaria tablets the cocktail did nothing for the well being of my stomach!

We motored on stopping at a Papyrus reedbed where I just about could summon enough energy to look at the birds with my throbbing mouth. Leaflove was my first tick along with new trip ticks in the shape of Black-necked Weaver, Arrow-marked Babbler, Green-winged Pytilia and the specialist Papyrus Gonolek which gave itself up eventually. We also saw Holub’s Golden Weaver. We continued on our way but unfortunately I was in too much pain to appreciate the wonderful scenery as we climbed up into the mountains to 7600 feet high.

After stopping at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park we admired McKinnon’s Fiscal Shrike, Crowned Hornbill and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater. We arrived at Rahija in rain, where I was taken to my cabin. Harriet requested some mashed potato and lentils for my tea and also found a hot water bottle for me. Bless her!!

                                               Papyrus Gonolek

                                               Black-headed Weaver

                                 Holub's Golden Weaver

                                        Fan-tailed Widowbird

                                          Near Kabale

                   Bwindi-Impenetrable-Forest national Park Entrance

7th November

I was up at 6am and feeling a lot better having had a good night’s sleep at The Trekker’s Tavern, Rahija. I was very excited and hoped that the pain killers would keep working.
I also have a love of volcanoes and could not believe the sight at breakfast as I was treated to a volcano erupting in the distance of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


                                Volcanoes erupting in DRCongo

After breakfast I was taken to the Gorilla briefing at the centre where Harriet pleaded a good case for me and hired me a porter. I was assigned a guide and waved goodbye to Harriet and set off along a forest trail. We walked for about an hour along a difficult trail which was all wet and muddy before venturing up a hillside that required the use of a machete by my guide. I was glad of my porter who had carried all my camera equipment and hauled me up the slippery hillside. We stopped several times for me to catch my breath as I did not want my mouth to start bleeding again with all the effort needed. After about another half an hour of climbing we met some trackers and I spotted a Gorilla up a tree with a baby up ahead. After some quick photos I was assured that there were some more Gorillas nearby that would be easier to photograph but it would require a bit of climbing. I was hauled up a very steep slope and once round the corner came face to face with a Silverback Gorilla!!!

                                              Female Gorilla

                                            Silverback Gorilla

I quickly noticed another female Gorilla with a baby. The baby kept us entertained with its antics of making a bed with leaves and clinging onto its mother. Another Silverback was happily munching leaves a short distance away as I took photos on my various cameras that I had taken with me. I very rarely use the word awesome but the scene I was witnessing was AWESOME and I felt so privileged to be sitting amongst a group of Gorillas in the wild. I was thrilled to be here and thank Harriet so much for organising it for me.



                                          Baby Gorilla making his bed

                                                           Baby Gorilla

                                                      Mother's Love

                      Sue with a Silverback Gorilla behind!

                                  AWESOME !!!!!!

Fire Bucket

After an hour of being with the Gorillas it was time to leave them in peace and with a bit of difficulty I was helped back down the steep slope to the trail below. It took a while as we slithered back down and was not helped by the onset of rain that started after about an hour into our return journey. The streams that we had crossed became tricky but with a few hands being offered for assistance I made it back to the road, where after a short wait a minibus picked me up and took me back to the centre where Harriet was waiting. However I first had to be presented with a certificate of having survived a Gorilla trek!!!

Harriet and I returned to the lodge where we stayed for the rest of the day as heavy rain had set in. It was now cold and I was brought my own little fire in a bucket and had my boots cleaned for me, inside and out!!! I caught up on processing photos on my new little tablet and entering my bird data.

8th November

Harriet and I were up early and walked through Rahija until we met a side track through the forest. As we walked through the village we saw very little on the degraded hillside but once we were away from the village the birds became visible. Most of the birds were world ticks because I have done very little high altitude forest birding in Africa. Stripe-breasted Tit, Red-faced Warbler and Regal Sunbird all put in appearance before I had to get to grips with all the available greenbuls. An African Golden-breasted Bunting hopped around on the track as we admired a Great Blue Turaco sitting in a far-off tree.

                     African Golden-breasted Bunting

                                              Harriet at Rahija 

Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Regal Sunbird, Mountain Oriole, Mountain Greenbul and Mountain Apalis all added themselves as world ticks. Variable Sunbird and Cinnamon Bee-eaters both posed for photos whilst I added Chestnut-throated Apalis, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher and Mountain Buzzard to my world list.

                                    Great Blue Turaco

                                             Variable Sunbird   



Regal Sunbird

The monkeys were not to be out-done as I watched Black and White (Guereza) Colobus Monkey, L’hoest Monkey and Blue Monkey and took photos of them.

Great Sparrowhawk, Augur Buzzard, Thick-billed Seedeater, Grauers’s Warbler, Black-billed Turaco and Honeyguide Greenbul were all added to my list as I ambled along the track

                     Black-and-White-Colobus Monkey

                                              L'Hoest Monkey    

Blue Monkey

We walked back for lunch where unfortunately it started raining again. We decided to leave and drove to a village where Harriet negotiated with some local women to buy some potatoes. They saw me and tried to drive Harriet a hard bargain. She was having none of it and we left with a sackful of potatoes for her homestay.

We motored on and birded ‘The Neck’ where I added Mountain Wagtail, Dusky Tit, Buff-throated Apalis, Dusky Blue Flycatcher and the much wanted Black Bee-eater.

                         Bwindi women unhappy with the price of potatoes


                                        Mountain Wagtail

                                             Dusky Blue Flycatcher  

                                                Black Bee-eater
Tea being transported

We spent the rest of the day travelling to Buhoma where we stayed in a women’s refuge. This was run by an inspiring woman Evelyn who had set it up to give abused women some skills that they could earn some money with. There were many old Singer sewing machines that the women had made items that could be sold to tourists and mechanics that mended bikes that were hired out to tourists. It was a cause close to my heart and so I did my Christmas shopping here!

9th November


Harriet had hurt her leg and needed to attend the local hospital, so she arranged for me to be guided by a local guide Chris, who was going to take me into the Bwindi Impenetrable forest along with two armed guards!

Nearly every bird that I was to see was a world tick and we had a wonderful morning as I desperately tried to keep up with all the birds around. We started off in degraded forest but we were soon in primary forest in very damp conditions. I added White-chinned Prinia, Black-billed Weaver, Little Greenbul, Grey-headed Nigrita, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Brown–capped Weaver, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Ansorge’s Bush-shrike,, Green-headed Sunbird, Kakamega Greenbul, Grey-throated Barbet, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Speckled Tinkerbird, Grey-throated Tinkerbird, Grey-throated Tit Flycatcher, Grey Apalis, Cameroon Greenbul, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Equatorial Akalet, and Blue-throated Roller.

Unfortunately for me I discovered that my lens had fogged up inside with all the humidity and so this meant that I could not take any photographs. I was hugely disappointed because the birding was so good.

We continued on our track as I added White-tailed Ant-Thrush hopping along the path and White-bellied Robin Chat. Chris lead us down a side track but it soon began to rain really heavily. Luckily he knew of a shelter that we could have our lunch in. We certainly needed the shelter as the heavens opened. It was a long lunch stop as we waited for the rain to stop.

                               Crested Guineafowl


After the rain had stopped, we retraced our steps but the birding had slowed down considerably. We added White-headed Wood-hoopoe and Blue-headed Sunbird and then Chris heard an African Broadbill but could not see it. Luckily I saw it just before it took off and did a flying loop before disappearing never to be seen again! Back at the degraded forest we added Pink-footed Puffback, Slender-billed Greenbul and Vieillot’s Black Weaver before meeting up with Harriet once again.

White-tailed Ant-thrush

Later on Chris took us to see an African Wood Owl roosting in a local garden. I expressed my concern to Harriet about my lens fogging up but she said not to worry as in her experience it was a common problem here and it would probably dry out overnight. Luckily she was proved to be correct and all was well by the following morning!

10th November

                           Buhoma women's refuge

                                                  Tea pickers

We left Buhoma early in the morning with the plan of driving straight through Queen Elizabeth National Park. We passed many tea plantations before reaching the national park. As I have done a lot of savannah birding in the past in Africa, Harriet knew that there was very little in the way of available world ticks for me. However if we saw a good bird posing nicely we would stop now and again for me to take its photograph. One such bird was a White-throated Bee-eater and another was a Lesser-striped Swallow sat on a bridge. I also ticked Uganda Kob grazing at the side of the road.

                              White-throated Bee-eater

                   Sue at Queen Elizabeth National Park

                                          Lesser-striped Swallow

                                              Uganda Kob

I added White-headed Barbet, White-winged Widowbird, Rufous-naped Dove, Croaking Cisticola, Whinchat and African Harrier Hawk to the trip list whilst we were motoring. However all was not well with the van as a ‘clunking’ sound had developed and our driver was telling Harriet that the van was not driving as well as it should be. Given the state of the road I was not surprised that the vehicle was struggling. We kept passing huge container lorries taking food aid to the D.R. of the Congo. One lorry had lost its trailer having tipped over and had a mechanic with it, so we stopped and asked him for assistance.

         Mechanical trouble near the DRCongo Border

                       Off come the wheels again at Kasese    

Both wheels had to come off our van so I got out and went birding. It was very hot in the middle of the day and unfortunately for us, most of the men were Congolese and spoke a different language to Harriet or our driver. Later after the wheels were put back on, we continued on our way only to find that the mechanic had made the vehicle worse. We limped it to Kasese where we spent the afternoon in a garage where they attempted to repair it. Harriet summoned her husband from Kibale and he drove the van and us to Fort Portal where I was put up for the night in a hotel whilst Harriet took the ailing van on to her home in Kibale. I was given the instruction to be ready for 6am the next morning when I would be put into a taxi and taken to Semuliki where Harriet had arranged for me to be met by a local guide, Justice. I just love African never know what is going to happen next!

11th November

My taxi duly arrived just after 6am and I jumped in and met Justice who was to be my guide for the next few days. I was driven in the dark to Semuliki and after putting my belongings into my cabin, we walked to see some of the difficult to see monkeys. I was pleased to see Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Debrazza’s Monkey along one of the tracks from the centre.
Back at the centre, I jumped on the back of Justice’s motorbike and we sped off along the road to the forest. Because of being on the back of the motorbike I had to leave my big lens behind so sadly there are no bird photographs of the birds that I saw in Semuliki. It was a pleasant ride through the local village as it has been many years since I have been on a motorbike.  We stopped and noted Grey-headed Kingfisher sitting on the wire and Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill in the trees. An Olive Pigeon and Palm-nut Vulture were added to the list before we stopped to visit some hot springs. Walking through the vegetation we noted a Red-tailed Ant-Thrush a world tick for me. The hot springs were fascinating and Justice warned me about the boiling water and not to put my hands in it!


                          Sue and Justice

                                    Hot Springs

                              The going gets muddy!

A Black-winged Stilt was wading on the far side of the pool along with a Common Sandpiper. We wandered back to the motorbike and drove to a spot on the road where Justice was keen to show me Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill a speciality of the area with a very small range. It took a while but we saw a couple of birds eventually. We also saw Western Bronze-naped Pigeon here. We stopped at a roadside ditch with a small patch of reed and I ticked Black-crowned Waxbill as well as adding Red-faced Cisticola to the trip list. A Little Green Sunbird appeared and I admired the Orange-cheeked Waxbills there too. We motored on and Justice parked up his motorbike near some houses before crossing the road where we entered the forest. The track was exceedingly muddy and I was glad of the wellington boots that Justice had lent me. We were soon diving into the undergrowth as Justice was picking up calls. I was soon adding world ticks as Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Xavier’s Greenbul, and Yellow-throated Nicator gave themselves up to us. We also enjoyed Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Blue Malkoha, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Crested Malimba and Western Nicator.

We returned to the centre for lunch where I enjoyed Goat Soup and Matoke with my lizard friend.

                Goat Soup and Matoke   

                                  40cm Lizard

View of the hot springs

After lunch Justice and I sped up to some degraded forest over-looking the hot springs. It was an interesting ride on a motorbike up a track-way! We added Tawny-flanked Prinia, Piping Hornbill, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Black Bishop and a wonderful sighting of Dwarf Kingfisher. How I wish I had had my camera with me. An Isabelline Shrike sat and posed for us too on the return journey.

12th November

Justice at the hot springs

Harriet’s vehicle was still waiting for a part to arrive from Kampala and so I stayed another night at Semuliki. Justice took me to another section of the hot springs for a bit of sight-seeing.



We saw several birds here but Justice soon decided to walk a trail that went alongside the swamp that he had not used for a while. Uganda had recently had a lot of rain so the trail was under water. It was deeper than Justice was expecting and we were soon in trouble as several bridges had either washed away or were in a poor state of repair. We then had a worrying few minutes as we could hear Cape Buffalo just the other side of the bushes where we were walking. Justice made a snorting sound and luckily they were frightened off. We continued wading along the path and crossed over some rickety bridges until we were eventually on some firmer ground. Here we saw Brown Illadopsis, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Northern Cuckoo, Red-tailed Greenbul, Fire-crested Athlete, Brown-chested Athlete, Forest Robin, Yellow-throated Cuckoo and Shining Blue Kingfisher most of which were world ticks for me.

                                                   Bridge collapse

                                              Justice leading the way
We wandered back but had to find another route as one bridge had disappeared altogether. We came across a local house where cocoa beans were being dried and Justice explained his passion for butterflies as we passed some of his traps.


Cocoa Beans being dried.


We hopped back on the motorbike and re-visited the hillside that we had been to yesterday. Here we added Bronze Mannikin, Bi-coloured Mannikin, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black-bellied Firefinch, Red-collared Widowbird and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater.


A short ride later along a forest trail we added Red-tailed Bristlebird and later aRed-throated Bee-eater was perched on a wire.

We returned to the lodge for lunch where Justice turned out one of his butterfly traps. He had fun sorting them all out and showed me many of them.



                      Babysitting at Semuliki


After a short wait Harriet appeared with a repaired vehicle. I had had a good time with Justice and thanked him for his efforts. Harriet and I drove to Fort Portal where I saw a Black-headed Heron in the river and then stopped for Harriet to pick up some supplies. Whilst we were waiting a Maribou Stork wandered around the car park.

                                                  Fort Portal

                                                  Maribou Stork

We continued on our way and eventually arrived at Harriet’s home in Kibale where we stayed the night.


13th November


We drove the short distance to Kibale National Park where we were hoping to see the Green-breasted Pitta. I knew this was going to be a difficult species to track down but I had high hopes of Harriet as this is her home forest and she would know the likely areas to search. However it was not to be. However we added a few world and trip ticks: Brimstone Canary, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, White-throated Greenbul, Narina Trogon, Hairy-breasted Barbet and Yellow-spotted Barbet.


We came across a young Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird that had no fear of humans as I took a picture of it with my little digital camera from a couple of feet away. All of a sudden Harriet heard the sound of Chimpanzees. We walked towards the sound and high up in the branches of the tree I could see an adult and juvenile Chimpanzee. I cursed my camera as it just would not focus; there was clearly too much vegetation in line with my shot. I was thrilled at seeing Chimpanzees in the wild for the first time though.

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird


We returned for some lunch before returning to the forest in the afternoon for another try for the pitta. Harriet had spoken to a guide who had seen it in the morning but heavy rain was hampering our efforts and dusk was not far off. We called it a day and returned to Harriet’s homestay. Harriet offered me another day trying to see the pitta but it would mean cutting a day from Murchison Falls. We had seen very little in the forest that day and so I decided it would be better to move on.

14th November


I had given Harriet a list of my ‘wanted’ species before I had left home and Harriet knew that a flufftail was within walking distance of her home. Today was set to be a whole travelling day so she said that if I got up early we could go for a short walk around the field near her home before we set off. We walked a path down to the fields where after seeing an Olive-bellied Sunbird we stood and waited for the White-spotted Flufftail to appear. It did a mad dash along the pathway before coming back out for me to have a good look at it. Further along the path I added Grosbeak Weaver and Compact Weaver. A Chestnut-winged Starling also went on the trip list.

Harriet’s Homestay

All too soon it was time to leave and we said goodbye to Harriet’s husband and children and set off on our long journey toward’s Masindi. We had to take a long route as the usual road was virtually impassable because of the recent rains. At Fort Portal I added Northern Fiscal Shrike to the trip list.

                                                      Fort Portal

                                                     Fort Portal

                         Grasshopper delicacy


At Fort Portal, Harriet had been telling me about a local delicacy that is available to people in November and is a snack that is highly sought after in Uganda. She disappeared and came back with a bag of Grasshoppers. I had to try one! Let it be said, that at least I tried one, but it has to be said that I was very generous and let Harriet and Bahati finish the rest!


We drove for the rest of the day with brief stops for lunch and to add Lizard Buzzard and White-thighed Hornbill to the list at Masindi. We spent the night at Masindi where I caught up with some emails and posting pictures on Facebook with the good wifi available.




15th November

                                       Washing at Kimbale                                                


After a good breakfast we drove to The Royal Mile at Budongo Forest after brief stops to admire Whistling Cisticola and Yellow-mantled Widowbird. We also stopped to take photos of White-thighed Hornbills.

                          Harriet Sue and Raymond                                             


Once at the edge of the forest we stopped to pick up Raymond as Harriet likes to encourage local guides. We were soon adding world ticks in the shape of Superb Sunbird, Green Twinspot, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-crested Kingfisher, Ugandan Woodland Warbler, Rufous Thrush, African Shrike Flycatcher, Green Sunbird, Chestnut Wattle-eye, and Purple-headed Starling. Raymond and Harriet are both impressive with their knowledge on calls and the temperature was extremely pleasant as we wandered along the long straight stretch of forest on the wide track. The birding was excellent as I re-acquainted myself with Red-chested Cuckoo, Green Hylia, Rufous-crowned Eremola, Chestnut capped Warbler, Cassin’s Honeybird, Ashy Flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole and African Emerald Cuckoo.

                                                        Lake Albert



All too soon it was time to leave as we had a long way still to go as we headed towards Murchison Falls.

We stopped as necessary to add birds to our list which included Beautiful Sunbird, Western Banded Snake-Eagle and some distant Abyssinian Ground Hornbills. A Dark-chanting Goshawk was a nice memory as it sat on a telegraph post as was a Brown Snake-Eagle.

                                            Brown Snake-Eagle

                                                         Dark Chanting-Goshawk

As we neared Murchison Falls, we added Northern Red Bishop, Rattling Cisticola, Purple Heron, African Darter and a world tick of Moustached Grass Warbler. As were now into savannah habitat I was not expecting many more world ticks as I have birded savannah habitat many times before. However it was nice to catch up with the more familiar African animals once again.


We eventually arrived at our camp that Harriet had booked for the next three nights and it looked very nice but we had a slightly strange greeting as the boss would not let our driver anywhere near our cabins and expected his staff to carry my suitcase a long way when there was a perfectly acceptable road to drive on. I protested on their behalf and stood my ground and got the cases driven to our cabins. The setting was wonderful by the River Nile as we ate our dinner but all our requests were turned down. Harriet and I were not impressed with the level of service and Harriet was quick to find some alternative accommodation for the following two nights.

                                              Village scene

                                                           Village life

                                     The road to Murchison Falls

                                    My Cabin at Tree Tops

                       The view of the River Nile from the restaurant

The restaurant at Tree Tops

16th November


Harriet and I packed up early, left the lodge and took our bags to another lodge a bit further along the River Nile. As we drove along the track we saw a Long-tailed Nightjar and a roosting Greyish Eagle Owl. It was still dark as we arrived to pick up our packed lunch. We made our way down to the River and waited for the ferry to take us across the other side and into Murchison Falls National Park.

                                   Sue on River Nile Ferry

                              Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver

Once we had crossed the river the bird-list grew quickly as I added Black-headed Lapwing, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Palm Swift, Zitting Cisticola. A beautiful Red-necked Falcon sat and posed as I added Shelley’s Sparrow, Lesser Kestrel, Rupell’s Griffon Vulture, Vinaceous Dove and a wonderful Swallow-tailed Bee-eater. I realised how lucky I was to be out in the sun watching such an array of birds.

                                Black-headed Lapwing

                                             Red-necked Falcon

African animals are always a delight to see as an Oribi sat resting close to our vehicle but I have never seen so many giraffes before as here in Murchison Falls National Park. They were everywhere.


A Denham’s Bustard and Grey-crowned Crane strolled by us as we delighted in watching a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture and a Martial Eagle with its prey.


                                                               Rothchild's Giraffe

                                               Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

                                                          Denham's Bustard

                                                         Grey-crowned Crane

Ruppells Griffon-Vulture

                                                     Martial Eagle

                                                                        Patas Monkey

Harriet alerted me to a new mammal tick for me in the shape of two Patas Monkeys that were hiding in a small hillock. They were not easy to photograph as they appeared to be quite shy. They are quite unusual as they are ground dwellers. After entertaining us we continued to see White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Vitteline masked Weaver and Red-backed Cordonbleu. We noted Black-billed Wood-Dove, Black-billed Barbet and just about saw Senegal Thick-knee. How Harriet spotted them hiding in the grass I shall never know!


It had got very hot by lunch time and we crossed back over the river Nile and drove back to our camp for lunch. I was given the afternoon off and delighted in sitting in the restaurant area watching all the animals and birds over-looking the River Nile. It gave me a chance to relax and catch up with my notes. The Baboons and Vervet Monkeys were entertaining me as one of the camp staff came to tell me about the African Hoopoe on the lawn.

                                                         Ferry Crossing

                                                                  African Hoopoe

In the evening we drove to the camp next door where I met up with Dave and Jacquie, two friends from Norfolk that were also in Uganda enjoying the wildlife and birds. My cabin at my camp was partly canvas, although one of the most luxurious tents that I have experienced in Africa with its own shower and bath that had views over-looking the river Nile.


During the night I was kept awake by Hippos that were quite clearly munching the vegetation right outside. They sounded very close, although having spent a lot of time in Africa before in tents it did not particularly bother me.


My cabin









17th November


Harriet and I had a leisurely start to the day as we wandered around the camp. She was keen to show me two birds that she had heard calling as she knew one of them was a lifer for me. We watched Red-headed Weaver and eventually we saw Spotted Palm Thrush lurking in the bushes. However it took a while before she called out Red-winged Grey Warbler, which we watched at the top of a nearby bush.

                                       Spotted Palm Thrush


We eventually left the camp and drove along the track to the top of Murchison Falls. We passed an Abyssinian Roller on the way. It will always be one of my favourite birds. Harriet had timed it perfectly so that we could have the falls to ourselves rather than share it with all the other tourists in the area. The falls are a wondrous sight as the River Nile forces itself through a very narrow gap in the cliffs. The noise was tremendous. Harriet, Bahati and I got quite wet from all the spray but being very hot it didn’t seem to matter.



                          Harriet and Sue at the top of Murchison Falls

Somewhere over the Rainbow!

After some lunch I was taken down to the riverside where I joined several other tourists and put on a boat. I had an amazing trip on the River Nile where my birding was washed down with some beer. I am not usually a beer drinker but my friends in England had told me that I was to sample Nile Beer. I have to admit that drinking Nile beer cruising on the River Nile whilst watching Red-throated Bee-eaters at a breeding colony in the glorious sun of Uganda takes some beating! What an amazing holiday this has been!


                                             Red-throated Bee-eater

We passed Elephants and Crocodiles on the riverbank as well as Hippos in the river. African Fish Eagles were perched in the tree tops as well as flying overhead along with Yellow-billed Kites.

                                           African Fish-Eagle


I saw all the usual riverside birds that one would expect to see along an African river, Including Great White Egret, Little Egret, Green Heron, and Black-crowned Night Heron which were new for the trip list. Eventually we arrived at the bottom of the falls and stopped to let off many of the passengers who were going to walk the trail to the top of the falls.

                     The River Nile forcing its way through the gorge at Murchison Falls

Nile beer on the River Nile

The boat was turned around and we sailed back along the river where Wire-tailed Swallows were flying overhead. All too soon we were back at the riverside where Harriet was waiting to pick me up to take me back to the lodge.




18th November


It was to be my last day in Uganda today with Harriet and so we had a leisurely breakfast and I had my last look at the River Nile flowing by as we ate. We packed our bags, said goodbye to the camp staff and loaded them into the van for the long drive back to Kampala and Entebbe. We saw a Woolly-necked Stork in a small stream as we drove and when we reached Luwero, Harriet stopped the van for me to add my last world tick in the shape of Hartlub’s Marsh Widowbird. Just before Kampala I added a Hammerkop to the trip list before getting caught up in all the traffic in Kampala.


Eventually we reached the accommodation that we had spent the first night in near Entebbe, where I freshened up and had a last meal with Harriet, before catching my flight home. It had been a fantastic trip which I thank Harriet so much for organising for me.

          A last Nile beer in Entebbe, Uganda

                  Harriet in Entebbe, Uganda

Species List




  1. Egyptian Goose                Alopochen aegyptiaca   04/11/17              Entebbe
  2. Spur-winged Goose        Plectropterus gambensis              04/11/17              Mabamba
  3. Yellow-billed Duck           Anas undulata   04/11/17              Mabamba
  4. Hottentot Teal                Anas hottentota 04/11/17              Mabamba
  5. Helmeted Guineafowl   Numida meleagris           05/11/17              Mburo
  6. Crested Guineafowl       Guttera pucherani           09/11/17              Buhoma
  7. Crested Francolin             Dendroperdix sephaena               04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  8. Red-necked Spurfowl    Pternistis afer    05/11/17              Mburo
  9. Yellow-billed Stork          Mycteria ibis      04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  10. Abdim's Stork    Ciconia abdimii           04/11/17     Lake Mburo
  11. Woolly-necked Stork      Ciconia episcopus            18/11/17              Murchison Falls
  12. Saddle-billed Stork          Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis 04/11/17              Entebbe
  13. Marabou Stork  Leptoptilos crumenifer         04/11/17       Entebbe
  14. African Sacred Ibis           Threskiornis aethiopicus               04/11/17 Mabamba
  15. Hadada Ibis         Bostrychia hagedash      04/11/17              Entebbe
  16. Glossy Ibis           Plegadis falcinellus          04/11/17              Mabamba
  17. Black-crowned Night Heron        Nycticorax nycticorax     17/11/17 Murchison Falls
  18. Striated Heron Butorides striata               17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  19. Squacco Heron          Ardeola ralloides      04/11/17              Mabamba
  20. Western Cattle Egret      Bubulcus ibis      04/11/17              Entebbe
  21. Grey Heron        Ardea cinerea    04/11/17              Entebbe
  22. Black-headed Heron       Ardea melanocephala    12/11/17Fort Portal
  23. Purple Heron     Ardea purpurea                15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  24. Great Egret         Ardea alba          17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  25. Little Egret          Egretta garzetta                17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  26. Hamerkop           Scopus umbretta             18/11/17              Kampala
  27. Shoebill                Balaeniceps rex                         04/11/17     Mabamba
  28. White-breasted Cormorant         Phalacrocorax lucidus     16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  29. African Darter                    Anhinga rufa      15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  30. African Harrier-hawk      Polyboroides typus         10/11/17   Queen Elizabeth Park
  31. Palm-nut Vulture             Gypohierax angolensis  11/11/17              Semuliki
  32. White-backed Vulture   Gyps africanus  05/11/17              Mburo
  33. Rüppell's Vulture             Gyps rueppelli   16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  34. Lappet-faced Vulture     Torgos tracheliotos         05/11/17              Mburo
  35. Brown Snake Eagle          Circaetus cinereus           05/11/17              Mburo
  36. Western Banded Snake Eagle     Circaetus cinerascens     15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  37. Bateleur               Terathopius ecaudatus  05/11/17              Mburo
  38. Long-crested Eagle          Lophaetus occipitalis      06/11/17              Mburo
  39. Wahlberg's Eagle              Hieraaetus wahlbergi     04/11/17              Entebbe
  40. Lizard Buzzard                   Kaupifalco monogrammicus        14/11/17              Masindi
  41. Dark Chanting Goshawk                Melierax metabates       15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  42. Black Sparrowhawk        Accipiter melanoleucus  08/11/17              Rahija
  43. Yellow-billed Kite             Milvus aegyptius              04/11/17              Mabamba
  44. African Fish Eagle             Haliaeetus vocifer            05/11/17              Mburo
  45. Common Buzzard            Buteo buteo      05/11/17              Mburo
  46. Mountain Buzzard           Buteo oreophilus             08/11/17              Rahija
  47. Augur Buzzard                 Buteo augur         08/11/17              Rahija
  48. Denham's Bustard           Neotis denhami                16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  49. White-spotted Flufftail                  Sarothrura pulchra          14/11/17              Kibale
  50. Black Crake         Amaurornis flavirostra   04/11/17              Mabamba
  51. African Swamphen          Porphyrio madagascariensis        04/11/17              Mabamba
  52. Grey Crowned Crane     Balearica regulorum        04/11/17              Mabamba
  53. Senegal Thick-knee         Burhinus senegalensis   16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  54. Water Thick-knee            Burhinus vermiculatus   05/11/17              Mburo
  55. Black-winged Stilt            Himantopus himantopus              11/11/17              Semuliki
  56. Long-toed Lapwing         Vanellus crassirostris      04/11/17              Mabamba
  57. Spur-winged Lapwing    Vanellus spinosus            04/11/17              Mabamba
  58. Black-headed Lapwing                   Vanellus tectus 16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  59. African Wattled Lapwing               Vanellus senegallus        04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  60. Brown-chested Lapwing                     Vanellus superciliosus              04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  61. African Jacana             Actophilornis africanus        04/11/17              Mabamba
  62. Green Sandpiper             Tringa ochropus                05/11/17              Mburo
  63. Wood Sandpiper              Tringa glareola   05/11/17              Mburo
  64. Common Sandpiper        Actitis hypoleucos           10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  65. White-winged Tern         Chlidonias leucopterus  04/11/17              Mabamba
  66. African Olive Pigeon       Columba arquatrix           11/11/17              Semuliki
  67. Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques      11/11/17              Semuliki
  68. Red-eyed Dove                               Streptopelia semitorquata            04/11/17              Entebbe
  69. Ring-necked Dove           Streptopelia capicola      04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  70. Vinaceous Dove                              Streptopelia vinacea        16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  71. Laughing Dove [sp]         Spilopelia senegalensis  04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  72. Emerald-spotted Wood Dove     Turtur chalcospilos          04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  73. Black-billed Wood Dove                       Turtur abyssinicus     16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  74. Blue-spotted Wood Dove            Turtur afer          09/11/17              Buhoma
  75. Tambourine Dove            Turtur tympanistria         08/11/17              Rahija
  76. African Green Pigeon    Treron calvus     04/11/17              Mabamba
  77. Great Blue Turaco            Corythaeola cristata        08/11/17              Rahija
  78. Black-billed Turaco          Tauraco schuettii              08/11/17              Rahija
  79. Ross's Turaco     Musophaga rossae          04/11/17              Mabamba
  80. Bare-faced Go-away-bird             Corythaixoides personatus          05/11/17              Mburo
  81. Eastern Plantain-eater   Crinifer zonurus                              04/11/17                Mabamba
  82. White-browed Coucal     Centropus superciliosus              05/11/17              Mburo
  83. Blue Malkoha                    Ceuthmochares aereus 11/11/17              Semuliki
  84. Diederik Cuckoo               Chrysococcyx caprius     04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  85. Yellow-throated Cuckoo                           Chrysococcyx flavigularis  12/11/17              Semuliki
  86. African Emerald Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx cupreus 15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  87. Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo            Cercococcyx mechowi   12/11/17              Semuliki
  88. Red-chested Cuckoo      Cuculus solitarius             15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  89. African Cuckoo            Cuculus gularis        05/11/17              Mburo
  90. Greyish Eagle-owl            Bubo cinerascens             16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  91. African Wood Owl           Strix woodfordii                09/11/17              Buhoma
  92. Black-shouldered Nightjar           Caprimulgus nigriscapularis          05/11/17              Mburo
  93. Swamp Nightjar                Caprimulgus natalensis  05/11/17              Mburo
  94. Freckled Nightjar             Caprimulgus tristigma    05/11/17              Mburo
  95. Long-tailed Nightjar        Caprimulgus climacurus 16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  96. African Palm Swift           Cypsiurus parvus              16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  97. Common Swift                  Apus apus           10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  98. Little Swift           Apus affinis        04/11/17              Mabamba
  99. Speckled Mousebird      Colius striatus    04/11/17              Mabamba
  100. Blue-naped Mousebird                 Urocolius macrourus      05/11/17              Mburo
  101. Narina Trogon                   Apaloderma narina         13/11/17              Kibale NP
  102. Bar-tailed Trogon             Apaloderma vittatum     09/11/17              Buhoma
  103. Lilac-breasted Roller       Coracias caudatus            04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  104. Blue-throated Roller       Eurystomus gularis          09/11/17              Buhoma
  105. Broad-billed Roller           Eurystomus glaucurus    04/11/17              Entebbe
  106. Chocolate-backed Kingfisher      Halcyon badia    15/11/17  Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  107. Grey-headed Kingfisher               Halcyon leucocephala    11/11/17              Semuliki
  108. Striped Kingfisher            Halcyon chelicuti              05/11/17              Mburo
  109. Woodland Kingfisher      Halcyon senegalensis     05/11/1 7             Mburo
  110. African Dwarf Kingfisher               Ispidina lecontei               11/11/17              Semuliki
  111. African Pygmy Kingfisher              Ispidina picta      05/11/17              Mburo
  112. Malachite Kingfisher       Corythornis cristatus      04/11/17 Mabamba
  113. Shining-blue Kingfisher Alcedo quadribrachys    12/11/17              Semuliki
  114. Pied Kingfisher                  Ceryle rudis        04/11/17              Mabamba
  115. Black Bee-eater                Merops gularis  08/11/17              Rahija
  116. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater             Merops hirundineus       16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  117. Little Bee-eater                Merops pusillus                04/11/17 Lake Mburo
  118. Blue-breasted Bee-eater             Merops variegatus          05/11/17              Mburo
  119. Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater    Merops oreobates          06/11/17              Rahija
  120. Red-throated Bee-eater               Merops bulocki 12/11/17              Semuliki
  121. White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis        10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  122. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater              Merops persicus              12/11/17              Semuliki
  123. European Bee-eater       Merops apiaster               04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  124. African Hoopoe                Upupa africana 04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  125. White-headed Wood Hoopoe    Phoeniculus bollei           09/11/17              Buhoma
  126. Green Wood Hoopoe    Phoeniculus purpureus 05/11/17              Mburo
  127. Common Scimitarbill       Rhinopomastus cyanomelas       05/11/17              Mburo
  128. Abyssinian Ground Hornbill         Bucorvus abyssinicus      15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  129. Jackson's Hornbill             Tockus jacksoni                 08/11/17              Rahija
  130. Crowned Hornbill             Lophoceros alboterminatus        06/11/17              Rahija
  131. African Grey Hornbill      Lophoceros nasutus       04/11/17             Lake Mburo
  132. Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill             Lophoceros camurus      11/11/17             Semuliki
  133. Piping Hornbill                   Bycanistes fistulator       11/11/17              Semuliki
  134. White-thighed Hornbill    Bycanistes albotibialis  14/11/17              Masindi
  135. Black-casqued Hornbill     Ceratogymna atrata     11/11/17              Semuliki
  136. Grey-throated Barbet    Gymnobucco bonapartei              09/11/17              Buhoma
  137. Speckled Tinkerbird        Pogoniulus scolopaceus                09/11/17              Buhoma
  138. Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus   09/11/17              Buhoma
  139. Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird            Pogoniulus chrysoconus               05/11/17              Mburo
  140. Yellow-spotted Barbet  Buccanodon duchaillui   13/11/17              Kibale NP
  141. Hairy-breasted Barbet                   Tricholaema hirsuta        13/11/17              Kibale NP
  142. Spot-flanked Barbet       Tricholaema lacrymosa  05/11/17              Mburo
  143. White-headed Barbet    Lybius leucocephalus     10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  144. Black-billed Barbet          Lybius guifsobalito           16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  145. Double-toothed Barbet                Lybius bidentatus 04/11/17         Mabamba
  146. Crested Barbet                 Trachyphonus vaillantii  05/11/17              Mburo
  147. Cassin's Honeybird Prodotiscus insignis  15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  148. Nubian Woodpecker      Campethera nubica        05/11/17              Mburo
  149. Buff-spotted Woodpecker          Campethera nivosa         11/11/17             Semuliki
  150. Yellow-crested Woodpecker Chloropicus xantholophus 15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  151. Cardinal Woodpecker     Dendropicos fuscescen  05/11/17            Mburo
  152. Lesser Kestrel    Falco naumanni                16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  153. Grey Kestrel       Falco ardosiaceus             05/11/17              Mburo
  154. Red-necked Falcon         Falco chicquera 16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  155. African Hobby   Falco cuvierii      04/11/17              Entebbe
  156. Meyer's Parrot                  Poicephalus meyeri        04/11/17              Entebbe
  157. African Broadbill               Smithornis capensis        09/11/17              Buhoma
  158. African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus 15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  159. Chestnut Wattle-eye     Platysteira castanea 15/11/17     Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  160. Brown-throated Wattle-eye     Platysteira cyanea 09/11/17          Buhoma
  161. Bocage's Bushshrike       Chlorophoneus bocagei                      09/11/17        Buhoma
  162. Orange-breasted Bushshrike Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus 04/11/17 Lake Mburo
  163. Brown-crowned Tchagra              Tchagra australis               12/11/17              Semuliki
  164. Pink-footed Puffback     Dryoscopus angolensis       09/11/17         Buhoma
  165. Northern Puffback          Dryoscopus gambensis  08/11/17              Rahija
  166. Lühder's Bushshrike       Laniarius luehderi            08/11/17              Rahija
  167. Tropical Boubou               Laniarius major 05/11/17              Mburo
  168. Papyrus Gonolek             Laniarius mufumbiri        06/11/17              Mburo
  169. Black-headed Gonolek  Laniarius erythrogaster 04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  170. Grey Cuckooshrike          Coracina caesia 08/11/17              Rahija
  171. Black Cuckooshrike         Campephaga flava           05/11/17              Mburo
  172. Petit's Cuckooshrike       Campephaga petiti          09/11/17              Buhoma
  173. Red-backed Shrike          Lanius collurio    04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  174. Isabelline Shrike               Lanius isabellinus             11/11/17              Semuliki
  175. Mackinnon's Shrike         Lanius mackinnoni           06/11/17              Rahija
  176. Grey-backed Fiscal          Lanius excubitoroides    04/11/17              Mabamba
  177. Northern Fiscal                 Lanius humeralis              14/11/17              Fort Portal
  178. Mountain Oriole               Oriolus percivali                08/11/17              Rahija
  179. Black-headed Oriole       Oriolus larvatus 15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  180. Fork-tailed Drongo          Dicrurus adsimilis             05/11/17              Mburo
  181. Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher                 Terpsiphone rufiventer 11/11/17              Semuliki
  182. African Paradise Flycatcher          Terpsiphone viridis          08/11/17              Rahija
  183. Piapiac  Ptilostomus afer               16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  184. Pied Crow           Corvus albus      04/11/17              Entebbe
  185. African Blue Flycatcher                  Elminia longicauda           04/11/17              Mabamba
  186. White-tailed Blue Flycatcher       Elminia albicauda              08/11/17             Rahija
  187. Dusky Tit              Melaniparus funereus   08/11/17              Rahija
  188. Stripe-breasted Tit          Melaniparus fasciiventer              08/11/17              Rahija
  189. Western Nicator               Nicator chloris   11/11/17              Semuliki
  190. Yellow-throated Nicator                   Nicator vireo  11/11/17              Semuliki
  191. Rufous-naped Lark          Mirafra Africana               10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  192. Dark-capped Bulbul        Pycnonotus tricolor         04/11/17              Entebbe
  193. Kakamega Greenbul       Arizelocichla kakamegae               09/11/17              Buhoma
  194. Mountain Greenbul        Arizelocichla nigriceps    08/11/17             Rahija
  195. Slender-billed Greenbul               Stelgidillas gracilirostris     09/11/17           Buhoma
  196. Little Greenbul                  Eurillas virens     09/11/17              Buhoma
  197. Ansorge's Greenbul        Eurillas ansorgei                09/11/17              Buhoma
  198. Plain Greenbul                  Eurillas curvirostris           09/11/17              Buhoma
  199. Yellow-whiskered Greenbul       Eurillas latirostris              08/11/17              Rahija
  200. Honeyguide Greenbul   Baeopogon indicator      08/11/17              Rahija
  201. Yellow-throated Leaflove             Atimastillas flavicollis      06/11/17              Mburo
  202. Xavier's Greenbul            Phyllastrephus xavieri    11/11/17              Semuliki
  203. White-throated Greenbul            Phyllastrephus albigularis 13/11/17          Kibale NP
  204. Yellow-streaked Greenbul           Phyllastrephus flavostriatus        08/11/17              Rahija
  205. Red-tailed Bristlebill        Bleda syndactylus            12/11/17              Semuliki
  206. Red-tailed Greenbul       Criniger calurus 12/11/17              Semuliki
  207. White-headed Saw-wing              Psalidoprocne albiceps  05/11/17              Mburo
  208. Black Saw-wing                 Psalidoprocne pristoptera            08/11/17              Rahija
  209. Banded Martin                  Riparia cincta      04/11/17              Mabamba
  210. Barn Swallow                     Hirundo rustica 04/11/17              Mabamba
  211. Angolan Swallow              Hirundo angolensis         04/11/17              Entebbe
  212. Wire-tailed Swallow        Hirundo smithii 17/11/1 7             Murchison Falls
  213. Rock Martin        Ptyonoprogne fuligula   08/11/17              Rahija
  214. Lesser Striped Swallow  Cecropis abyssinica         05/11/17              Mburo
  215. Red-breasted Swallow  Cecropis semirufa            04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  216. Moustached Grass Warbler Melocichla mentalis                15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  217. Northern Crombec          Sylvietta brachyura         12/11/17              Semuliki
  218. Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii 15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  219. Grauer's Warbler             Graueria vittata                08/11/17              Rahija
  220. Green Hylia  Hylia prasina             15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  221. Red-faced Woodland Warbler    Phylloscopus laetus        08/11/17              Rahija
  222. Uganda Woodland Warbler Phylloscopus budongoensis                15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  223. Red-faced Cisticola Cisticola erythrops   11/11/17              Semuliki
  224. Whistling Cisticola  Cisticola lateralis         15/11/17              Masindi
  225. Trilling Cisticola Cisticola woosnami          04/11/17             Lake Mburo
  226. Chubb's Cisticola              Cisticola chubbi 08/11/17             Rahija
  227. Rattling Cisticola               Cisticola chiniana              15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  228. Winding Cisticola              Cisticola marginatus        04/11/17              Mabamba
  229. Croaking Cisticola             Cisticola natalensis          10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  230. Long-tailed Cisticola        Cisticola angusticauda    05/11/17              Mburo
  231. Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis               16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  232. Tawny-flanked Prinia     Prinia subflava   11/11/17              Semuliki
  233. White-chinned Prinia     Schistolais leucopogon  09/11/17              Buhoma
  234. Red-winged Grey Warbler           Drymocichla incana         17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  235. Mountain Masked Apalis              Apalis personata              08/11/17              Rahija
  236. Black-throated Apalis     Apalis jacksoni   08/11/17              Rahija
  237. Chestnut-throated Apalis             Apalis porphyrolaema    08/11/17              Rahija
  238. Buff-throated Apalis       Apalis rufogularis             08/11/17              Rahija
  239. Grey Apalis         Apalis cinerea    09/11/17              Buhoma
  240. Grey-capped Warbler    Eminia lepida     04/11/17              Mabamba
  241. Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brevicaudata   04/11/17              Mabamba
  242. Black-faced Rufous Warbler Bathmocercus rufus  09/11/17          Buhoma
  243. Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps 15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  244. Brown Illadopsis               Illadopsis fulvescens       12/11/17              Semuliki
  245. Black-lored Babbler         Turdoides sharpei            05/11/17              Mburo
  246. Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii          06/11/17              Mburo
  247. African Yellow White-eye             Zosterops senegalensis 08/11/17              Rahija
  248. Purple-headed Starling Hylopsar purpureiceps  15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  249. Greater Blue-eared Starling        Lamprotornis chalybaeus  04/11/17  Lake Mburo
  250. Splendid Starling              Lamprotornis splendidus              04/11/17              Entebbe
  251. Rüppell's Starling Lamprotornis purpuroptera     04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  252. Chestnut-winged Starling             Onychognathus fulgidus               14/11/17              Kibale
  253. Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus         05/11/17              Mburo
  254. Red-tailed Ant Thrush    Neocossyphus rufus       11/11/17              Semuliki
  255. White-tailed Ant Thrush               Neocossyphus poensis  09/11/17             Buhoma
  256. Fraser's Rufous Thrush  Stizorhina fraseri 15/11/17           Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  257. Fire-crested Alethe         Alethe castanea               12/11/17              Semuliki
  258. Forest Scrub Robin          Cercotrichas leucosticta                12/11/17             Semuliki
  259. Brown-backed Scrub Robin         Cercotrichas hartlaubi    05/11/17             Mburo
  260. Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher       Myioparus griseigularis  09/11/17              Buhoma
  261. White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher       Melaenornis fischeri       08/11/17              Rahija
  262. Northern Black Flycatcher            Melaenornis edolioides                04/11/17              Mabamba
  263. Spotted Flycatcher          Muscicapa striata             04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  264. Ashy Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens                  15/11/17           Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  265. Swamp Flycatcher           Muscicapa aquatica         04/11/17              Mabamba
  266. Dusky-blue Flycatcher   Muscicapa comitata        08/11/17              Rahija
  267. Red-throated Alethe      Pseudalethe poliophrys                08/11/17              Rahija
  268. Brown-chested Alethe Pseudalethe poliocephala            12/11/17              Semuliki
  269. White-bellied Robin-chat             Cossyphicula roberti       09/11/17              Buhoma
  270. Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Cossypha cyanocampter     11/11/17             Semuliki
  271. Red-capped Robin-chat                Cossypha natalensis       11/11/17              Semuliki
  272. Snowy-crowned Robin-chat  Cossypha niveicapilla           13/11/17              Kibale NP
  273. Equatorial Akalat              Sheppardia aequatorialis              09/11/17              Buhoma
  274. Spotted Palm Thrush      Cichladusa guttata           17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  275. Whinchat             Saxicola rubetra                10/11/17              Queen Elizabeth Park
  276. African Stonechat            Saxicola torquatus           06/11/17              Mburo
  277. Sooty Chat          Myrmecocichla nigra      04/11/17             Mabamba
  278. Northern Wheatear  Oenanthe oenanthe            16/11/17 Murchison Falls
  279. Little Green Sunbird       Anthreptes seimundi     11/11/17              Semuliki
  280. Grey-chinned Sunbird   Anthreptes rectirostris  15/11/17 Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  281. Collared Sunbird               Hedydipna collaris           08/11/17              Rahija
  282. Green-headed Sunbird Cyanomitra verticalis      09/11/17              Buhoma
  283. Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Cyanomitra cyanolaema   11/11/17Semuliki
  284. Blue-headed Sunbird     Cyanomitra alinae            09/11/17              Buhoma
  285. Scarlet-chested Sunbird                Chalcomitra senegalensis 08/11/17 Rahija
  286. Olive-bellied Sunbird      Cinnyris chloropygius     14/11/17              Kibale
  287. Northern Double-collared Sunbird           Cinnyris reichenowi        08/11/17              Rahija
  288. Regal Sunbird    Cinnyris regius   08/11/17              Rahija
  289. Beautiful Sunbird             Cinnyris pulchellus           15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  290. Marico Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis      04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  291. Red-chested Sunbird     Cinnyris erythrocercus   04/11/17              Entebbe
  292. Superb Sunbird                 Cinnyris superbus            15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  293. Variable Sunbird               Cinnyris venustus            08/11/17              Rahija
  294. White-browed Sparrow-weaver               Plocepasser mahali         16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  295. Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus 16/11/17               Murchison Falls
  296. Shelley's Sparrow            Passer shelleyi  16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  297. Northern Grey-headed Sparrow   Passer griseus               04/11/17              Entebbe
  298. Thick-billed Weaver    Amblyospiza albifrons        14/11/17              Kibale
  299. Slender-billed Weaver   Ploceus pelzelni                04/11/17              Mabamba
  300. Black-necked Weaver    Ploceus nigricollis             06/11/17             Mburo
  301. Black-billed Weaver        Ploceus melanogaster   09/11/17             Buhoma
  302. Holub's Golden Weaver                Ploceus xanthops            06/11/17              Mburo
  303. Northern Brown-throated Weaver          Ploceus castanops           04/11/17              Mabamba
  304. Vitelline Masked Weaver             Ploceus vitellinus             16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  305. Village Weaver                  Ploceus cucullatus           04/11/17              Mabamba
  306. Vieillot's Black Weaver   Ploceus nigerrimus          09/11/17              Buhoma
  307. Black-headed Weaver   Ploceus melanocephalus              04/11/17              Entebbe
  308. Compact Weaver             Ploceus superciliosus     14/11/17              Kibale
  309. Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis 09/11/17              Buhoma
  310. Crested Malimbe             Malimbus malimbicus    11/11/17              Semuliki
  311. Red-headed Weaver      Anaplectes rubriceps     17/11/17              Murchison Falls
  312. Red-billed Quelea            Quelea quelea 05/11/17              Mburo
  313. Black Bishop       Euplectes gierowii           11/11/17              Semuliki
  314. Northern Red Bishop     Euplectes franciscanus  15/11/17              Murchison Falls
  315. Fan-tailed Widowbird    Euplectes axillaris             04/11/17              Mabamba
  316. Yellow-mantled Widowbird         Euplectes macroura        15/11/17              Masindi
  317. Marsh Widowbird            Euplectes hartlaubi         18/11/17             Luwero
  318. White-winged Widowbird            Euplectes albonotatus   10/11/17 Queen Elizabeth Park
  319. Red-collared Widowbird               Euplectes ardens             12/11/17              Semuliki
  320. Grey-headed Nigrita      Nigrita canicapillus           09/11/17              Buhoma
  321. Green-winged Pytilia     Pytilia melba      06/11/17              Mburo
  322. Green Twinspot  Mandingoa nitidula      15/11/17              Royal Mile Budongo Forest
  323. Black-bellied Firefinch    Lagonosticta rara              12/11/17              Semuliki
  324. Red-billed Firefinch         Lagonosticta senegala    05/11/17              Mburo
  325. Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu          Uraeginthus bengalus    16/11/17              Murchison Falls
  326. Fawn-breasted Waxbill                 Estrilda paludicola            12/11/17              Semuliki
  327. Orange-cheeked Waxbill              Estrilda melpoda              11/11/17              Semuliki
  328. Common Waxbill              Estrilda astrild    04/11/17              Mabamba
  329. Black-crowned Waxbill  Estrilda nonnula                11/11/17              Semuliki
  330. Bronze Mannikin              Lonchura cucullata           12/11/17              Semuliki
  331. Black-and-white Mannikin           Lonchura bicolor               12/11/17              Semuliki
  332. Village Indigobird             Vidua chalybeata             04/11/17              Mabamba
  333. Pin-tailed Whydah           Vidua macroura     04/11/17         Lake Mburo
  334. Western Yellow Wagtail                  Motacilla flava      04/11/17         Mabamba
  335. Mountain Wagtail            Motacilla clara   08/11/17              Rahija
  336. African Pied Wagtail        Motacilla aguimp              04/11/17              Mabamba
  337. Yellow-throated Longclaw   Macronyx croceus   05/11/17              Mburo
  338. Yellow-fronted Canary Crithagra mozambica      04/11/17              Lake Mburo
  339. Brimstone Canary            Crithagra sulphurata       13/11/17              Kibale NP
  340. Thick-billed Seedeater   Crithagra burtoni              08/11/17              Rahija
  341. Streaky Seedeater          Crithagra striolata            08/11/17              Rahija
  342. Golden-breasted Bunting  Emberiza flaviventris                05/11/17              Mburo




  1. African Bush Elephant Loxodonta Africana 10/11/2017       Queen Elizabeth National Park
  2. Red-tailed Monkey Cercopithecus ascanius 09/11/2017     Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  3. L'Hoest's Monkey Cercopithecus lhoesti   08/11/2017 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  4. Blue Monkey        Cercopithecus mitis        07/11/2017 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  5. De Brazza's Monkey Cercopithecus neglectus 11/11/2017                Semuliki
  6. Vervet Monkey   Chlorocebus pygerythrus             04/11/2017         Mburo
  7. Patas Monkey      Erythrocebus patas         16/11/2017         Murchison Falls NP
  8. Grey-cheeked Mangabey               Lophocebus albigena     11/11/2017         Semuliki
  9. Mantled Guereza Colobus guereza 08/11/2017 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  10. Eastern Gorilla      Gorilla beringei 07/11/2017         Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  11. Common Chimpanzee      Pan troglodytes                13/11/2017         Kibale NP
  12. Bunyoro Rabbit    Poelagus marjorita          05/11/2017         Mburo
  13. Long-haired Rousette Rousettus lanosus 09/11/2017 Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  14. Slender Mongoose             Galerella sanguine 05/11/2017   Mburo
  15. Common Dwarf Mongoose            Helogale parvula 04/11/2017       Mburo
  16. African Clawless Otter       Aonyx capensis 04/11/2017         Mburo
  17. Plains Zebra           Equus burchelli 04/11/2017 Mburo
  18. Common Warthog Phacochoerus africanus  05/11/2017    Mburo
  19. Hippopotamus     Hippopotamus amphibious 16/11/2017  Murchison Falls NP
  20. Giraffe     Giraffa camelopardalis rothchildi 05/11/2017 Mburo
  21. Impala      Aepyceros melampus    04/11/2017         Mburo
  22. Jackson’s Hartebeest        Alcelaphus buselaphus  16/11/2017 Murchison Falls NP
  23. Topi           Damaliscus korrigum      05/11/2017         Mburo
  24. African Buffalo     Synceros caffer 05/11/2017         Mburo
  25. Common Eland     Taurotragus oryx              16/11/2017         Murchison Falls NP
  26. Bushbuck                Tragelaphus scriptus       05/11/2017         Mburo
  27. Yellow-backed Duiker Cephalophus sylvicultor 09/11/2017 Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  28. Waterbuck             Kobus ellipsiprymnus     04/11/2017         Mburo
  29. Uganda Kob           Kobus kob           10/11/2017         Queen Elizabeth National Park
  30. Red-legged Sun Squirrel   Heliosciurus rufobrachium           12/11/2017         Semuliki
  31. Ruwenzori Sun Squirrel    Heliosciurus ruwenzorii 08/11/2017         Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  32. Alexander's Bush Squirrel                Paraxerus alexandri        15/11/2017         Masindi
  33. Boehm's Bush Squirrel      Paraxerus beohmi 08/11/2017 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP