Lake Bunyoni: November 6-8, 2015

My first trip to Southwestern Uganda, a region famous for national parks populated with endangered primates and endemic birds, was for work, not pleasure. Fortunately, I was working at Lake Bunyoni, a temperate and scenic area sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. I had regretted leaving my binoculars and camera behind on previous work trips, and even though I wouldn't have access to pristine habitat, I knew I would at least be able to spend a few hours each day birding the mature gardens and lakeshore adjacent to my hotel. One flowering tree in particular seemed to be constantly full of birds, including Mackinnon's Fiscal, Streaky Seedeater, Bronze Sunbird, and various weaver species. The vegetation along the lake yielded Black Crake, Grey-Capped Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Chubb's Cisticola, and Swamp Flycatcher. The photographs of these mostly common and widespread birds are nice, but I can't wait to return to the region to do some serious birding.

Notable birds seen: Long-Tailed Cormorant, Yellow-Billed Duck, Long-Crested Eagle, Black Crake, Grey Crowned Crane, White-Browed Coucal, Pied Kingfisher, White-Browed Robin-Chat, African Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Chubb's Cisticola, Grey-Capped Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, Bronze Sunbird, Scarlet-Chested Sunbird, Red-Chested Sunbird, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Black-Headed Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Slender-Billed Weaver, Fan-Tailed Widowbird, Red-Billed Firefinch, Brimstone Canary, Streaky Seedeater.

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