WHAT THEY SAY
Dream globally; bird locally. That’s what I came away with on my first-ever visit to Africa. For 11 days in western Uganda I was treated to birds, mammals, reptiles, and even a few insects that I had thought I would only ever dream about.
My field guide to the birds of East Africa is 604 pages long and lists an astonishing 1,388 species. That’s about a seventh of all the bird species found on the planet and almost double the number that can be seen in all of North America. And by East Africa.
I’ve spent the last two weeks in Uganda. I finished my packing during the heady days of the World Series and the glorious aftermath of my beloved Chicago Cubs winning it all, and left the morning after my hometown held a parade that drew an estimated five million people, united in a way Americans never are anymore, all wearing Cubby blue.
I was invited by Laura Kammermeier of Nature Travel Network and the Uganda Tourist Board to a FAM tour of Uganda’s major birding and primate destinations. Since I thoroughly enjoy East Africa it was an easy decision to make!
The Uganda Tourist Board and a variety of sponsors hosted the first African Birding Expo from November 18 – 20, 2016. I was invited to tour the country and attend the Expo as part of an international delegation, a great honor for me and my colleagues. For 11 days we traveled to National Parks and other natural areas in the western half of the country, finishing up at Entebbe
its 3:15 in the morning. I arrived to Africa one day and one night ago at 11 pm…feeling like dog meat after a 27 hour flight schedule. But after a superb day of birding and a few epic bird sightings under my belt, I am chipper as a bird at this early hour. Let me write a few words before the 5:30 am alarm clock ring. I have come to Uganda at the invitation of the UTB
Back in 2008 we looked for a much wanted bird in Zambia, now we had another chance to look for that same bird, in Uganda. To set the scene here is the account of our 2008 search
The Mabamba Swamps west of Entebbe is one of the best and most convenient places to see the elusive Shoebill. After a few minutes in a small canoe the papyrus reeds opens up into…