14 October 2012

Bird Watching at Mabamba Swamp

We are on a quest... to find the hidden wonders of Uganda!

 
Uganda wasn't named the "Pearl of Africa" by accident... but the challenge for most visitors is that they just don't have time to see much after their week or two of ministry and visiting partners in Uganda... so we are on a quest to find the landmarks of Uganda that don't involve a 2-5 day commitment and a few hundred bucks...

 
Of course by now you know who the brains of the operation is... Christine has been using her contacts in the animal kingdom to help us find some new spots off the beaten path... first stop - bird watching in the Mabamba Swamp... If you can't say the first word just think of the song "La Bamaba"

 
Her challenge is to make sure that the young explorers of the Atherstone clan also enjoy their time... Fortunately for us Noah has gotten into bird watching... and Kadin just seems happy with anything involving animals and adventure...


The first think I noticed was that we didn't see any other tourists until the final 15 minutes of our journey... which is pretty amazing since we went out on a Saturday...

 
And if the thought of bird watching doesn't excite you... you can watch for floating 4X4 vehicles on wooden rafts... seriously, would your car insurance cover this type of off-road activity?


But now for the bird lovers... here's what we saw...

Common Squacco Heron


A local fisherman... not a bird!

The African Jacana...


He gets two pictures because he's just that cool...


Brief pause from birds to prove that there are toilets available...behind the sign...  a must for any traveler of a foreign stomach!
 

The Long Tailed Cormant... (action shot credits to Christine)


The Malachite Kingfisher (blurry credits to Jeff)...


A Pink Backed Pelican...


A Shoebill... he was a bit shy...


Here's a view of the landing site... other than the open bay to Lake Victoria... this was the widest channel of water... often during the journey the driver shut of the motor and we did 14 point turns with wooden oars... 


The Weaver Birds also made an appearance...


And there were plenty of White Faced Whistling Ducks...


A White Egret signaled the start of our trip and came back to greet us at the end... overall it was the perfect half day activity just an hour from Kampala...


If you are looking for a whole day of fun the Equator is just 40 KM past the Mabamba Swamp... so you could spend the morning bird watching and then enjoy a late lunch on the Equator... overall not a bad use of one day to get a taste of the beauty of Uganda!

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