Thursday 24 March 2011
Northern Masked and Village Weavers were both busy building nests and it was possible to get good views of both as they fed on crumbs from the family picnic we were having. Eastern Olivaceous Warblers were also very active in the bushes around where we were resting, as were White-headed Babblers.
Sunday 20 March 2011
There was also a pair of starlings, either Bronze-tailed or Lesser Blue-eared. At least one of them had orange red eyes rather than yellow as per the field guides. Some photos of Bronze-tailed on the web show the same colour.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
I've seen several Wire-tailed Swallows way out in the arid bushland - the books suggest a strong association with water. This photo shows the wire tail clearly.
The site with the Batis and African Thrush did actually have slightly more larger trees than adjacent bushland, though wood extraction for charcoal is having an impact at least in areas by the road. I met a very friendly Mundari man engaged in this activity.
Thursday 10 March 2011
Brown Snake-Eagle was a good bird to see - the species is rated by Nikolaus as uncommon.
Black-winged Red Bishop
Saturday 5 March 2011
I had a good close view of this Long-crested Eagle.Long-crested Eagle
Cisticolas are still on the "to do" list, but I'm confident this one is Rattling.Rattling Cisticola
Friday 4 March 2011
In a recent post I discussed how swifts have been very under-recorded in Sudan. This was evident again today, with 42 Little Swifts being present. This is my third sighting of this species in 13 visits to Tuti and 42 birds was not even my biggest count! The nearest records mentioned in Nikolaus are from near the border with Eritrea.