Posted by: atowhee | December 17, 2010

Kazinga Kontinued

We were only on the boat along the Kazinga Channel for three hours.  It’s remarkable how many animals we saw from over 3 dozen species.  In this picture there are at least seven species on a crowded strand along the edge of the water.  From back to front:  Goliath Heron, Spur-winged Lapwing, Egyptian Goose, buffalo, Marabou Stork, Long-tailed Cormorant, Gray-headed Gulls.

A cluster of the handsome Spur-winged Lapwings. They’re about godwit-sized.   The big guy in the foreground below is the Saddlebill Stork.  My camera wanted to focus on the gaggle of cormorants behind him.

Here I’ve fooled the automatic focus into giving me the single Saddlebill, not the gathering of cormorants behind him.  Height: 57 inches.  That close to 5-feet.

Here’s my all-time best stork picture of any species at any location.  What a bird! Love those bubble-gum pink gams, no?

And here are Goliath Heron, Egyptian Goose with goslings and some horny critters in the foreground.  Somewhere between a wallow and a muscular slosh, these buffalo seem as adept at water lounging as the even-larger hippos and elephants.  Being under water protects that broad expanse of hide from biting insects.

The dark-mantled birds are all Lesser Black-backed Gulls, surrounded by the trimmer GB Terns and some Egyptian Geese in the background.

Squacco duo.


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