Landscape 15kms north of Juba - nests are of White-browed Sparrow-Weavers Plocepasser mahali
Among the first birds seen are Grey-backed Fiscals Lanius excubitoroides and Rueppell's Long-tailed Starlings Lamprotornis purpuropterus.
Rueppell's Long-tailed Starling with Grey-backed Fiscals
There are a few flooded borrow pits, which attract hordes of small birds such as weavers ploceus sp., Black-rumped Waxbills Estrilda troglodytes and Red-billed Firefinches Lagonosticta senegala.
The weavers are not in breeding plumage, but seem to include Northern and Lesser Masked P. taeniopterus and P. intermedius, as well as Black-headed and/or Vitelline Masked P. cucullatus and P. velatus.
A confusion of weavers
There are lots of doves, including Namaqua Doves Oena capensis, as well as Vinaceous Doves Streptopelia vinacea.
On one of the flooded pits were a flock of African Wattled Lapwings Vanellus senegallus, Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus and African Open-billed Storks Anastomus lamelligerus.
Sacred Ibis with African Open-billed Storks
African Wattled Lapwing
I'll finish this post with a few raptors. First a pair of Wahlberg's Eagles Aquila wahlbergi, including a stunning pale phase bird.
Pale phase Wahlberg's Eagle
The other bird of the pair
Next some blurry vultures (sorry, they were miles up)....
White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
Rueppell's Griffon Vulture Gyps rueppellii
Great post, great photos and very interesting, especially the pale-phase Wahlberg's Eagle, those non-breeding weavers can be a right headache!. Andy.ReplyDelete