Sunday, 26 September 2010
I've just moved to Juba after five weeks in Khartoum. Bird-wise, one immediate impression is that there's a much greater variety of raptors here. Hooded Vultures Necrosyrtes monachus are numerous, with at least 50 seen daily. Next most common are Yellow-billed Kites Milvus migrans parasiticus/aegyptius, with about 10 daily. Other species seen in ones and twos include:
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
Eastern Chanting-Goshawk Melierax poliopterus
African Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides typus
Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis
Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera
Today I also saw what I believe was a European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus, a species I was studying in UK.
The scavenging vultures are accompanied by Marabou Storks Leptoptilos crumeniferus, with up to 10 daily.
I'll say a bit about other local birds in my next post.