The trip to Mabira & Mpanga Forest
I should openly admit to you my dear readers that I missed the morning bus to connect me to the rest of the group but at final, I created it. For now, I will skip the bits about the journey concentrate straight on the knowledge… I agree to this day that the ride to Mabira took longer than anticipated (what can 1 get out of public signifies of course!) and I missed a excellent deal of activity. My buddies had extended arrived and certainly half way the knowledge… sad for me currently, but nonetheless going powerful (hey, I had packed a entire two pounds of courage and excitement with me!). So right here I was, prepared with my binoculars and the guide to 'EAST AFRICAN BIRDS and with a checklist of close to 30 bird species (I wasn't undertaking so badly!). It occurred so quick, just before I could take in the entire presence of this magnificent tropical rainforest, my guide immediately pointed out the yellow white eye, forest birders are pretty quick (or shy I believe), but I was blessed with my initially view of this small creature. Prior to I could take a closer appear, having said that, it fly away… now I had to be quieter and additional attentive to the guide's whispers and directions.
I had encountered the African thrush many occasions but was additional than excited to see it after once more in Mabira forest consuming small Uganda safari ants and hoping about. It was the Tinker bird that brought back all the excitement we looked all corners of the forest and nonetheless could not trace the get in touch with. At this point, my guide recommended that we use the swamp tail and probably may encounter it… He was proper certainly, we did have a opportunity at it as it flew previous… it has the most vibrant sound but so small. I was blessed with the breathtaking sight of the Blue breasted kingfisher… oh it was a actual sight to behold. This is 1 of the most uncommon bird species in tropical Africa could at this point be situated at Semliki and Queen Elizabeth National parks.
The trip to Mpanga forest: breeding month for the Black and White Casqued Horn bills (August)Our subsequent birding location was a smaller forest on the Masaka highway. It is just on the road and you just cannot miss it. It was the breeding season for the Horn bills. If you ever discover require to watch a excellent quantity of horn bills, Mpanga forest is certainly the great spot as I later found. A single also a lot of occasions, I came up-close with the male Black and white Casqued hornbill gathering mud for the building of the nest. My guide guided us additional down the forest and we came to the bottom of the giant tree exactly where the building was going on. What sight we had been blessed with was a magnificent piece of operate… the creativity with which the nest is constructed is some issue to behold.
Presently, the Excellent Blue Turraco was at it also (dangerously hatching her small eggs… it is typical practice for hornbills to steal and feast on the eggs of other folks), this time having said that, the nest is created out of smaller pieces of wood and soft tree bunches as opposed to the horn bill which focuses tends to make a 'Muddy finishing'. The Excellent blue Turraco rises the nest at the highest and thickest finish of the tree so as to be safe from predators and the harsh climate of course.
Whilst I marveled at the beauty of such creation, a white chinned prinia graced us with her presence. Oh… it my pretty initially time alright and I was mesmerized. This small bird (the prinia) has a sharp sense for recognizing her personal sound. My guide proved this by replaying her recorded vocals from a distance away and behold, she (the prinia) was back once more, flying about and in all probability questioning who was calling. She retaliated with related sounds in all probability sending out a message of assist or was it some type of threat to any enemy (us)!