|Dragonfly, Family Libellulidae, by the Nile. |
(Thanks for the i.d. Susan - see Comments below.)
|This huge Cape Buffalo bull Syncerus caffer was one of three grumpy old bachelors sharing the wallow.|
Herds of buffalo are found throughout the park - another very good reason not to go wandering around!
|Actually the lovely Uganda Kob Kobus kob thomasi isn't officially the national emblem -|
that honour belongs to a bird, which we'll meet soon - but it does appear on the national coat of arms.
|Oribi Ourebia ourebi are delicate-looking little antelope, widespread south of the Sahara.|
|Uganda Topi Damaliscus ugandae. A very handsome stocky antelope, in a group|
which has undergone a lot of taxonomic scrutiny recently. I'm almost certain I've
identified this correctly, but would be grateful to hear if you think otherwise.
|Warthog family Phacochoerus africanus on the move.|
|Olive Baboon mother and baby watching events at the Paraa ferry crossing.|
|Striped Ground Squirrel Xerus erythropus are bold and cheeky.|
|Dark Chanting Goshawks Melierax metabates, are effective hunters of quite large ground birds, |
plus small mammals, reptiles and insects. I'd have said it whistled rather than chanted, but that's just me.
|The Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaceus is a much smaller hunter, but scarey enough if you're in its size range!|
|Crested Francolins Dendroperdix sephaena|
|I'm a big fan of bustards too and Africa has a pretty rich trove of these large birds, compared with|
just one in Australia. This is Denham's Bustard Neotis denhami which is found across much of sub-Saharan
African, but everywhere declining.
|Black-headed Lapwings Vanellus tectus doing their best to avoid a decline in their species.|
|African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus, yet another member of the genus.|
(It was in Uganda that I saw the last of the African species that I hadn't yet come across - at least
of those living in areas I've been to.)
|Abyssinian (or Northern) Ground Hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus. These very large (a metre high) birds|
stalk the grasslands in small groups, hunting small animals.
|Northern Red Bishop Euplectes franciscanus, one of the weavers, constructing|
a delightful woven enclosed nest hung among grass stems.