|View of the accommodation from the plain, behind a herd of Korrigum Damaliscus korrigum (a threatened |
species of limited distribution, formerly regarded as a subspecies of Topi D. lunatus).
|The reverse view over the plain, from the restaurant balcony.|
|My cabin; basic but comfortable.|
|Typical habitat; below, the deciduous nature of some of the trees, and the grassy understorey,|
are more evident.
|Korrigum herd; Waza is a stronghold of these antelope, which apparently number less than 2500 animals.|
(The haze that renders murky many of these pictures is evident here. Dust or smoke, I can't say.)
|Roan Antelope Hippotragus equinus, one of the largest antelopes at up to 300kg.|
|Patas Monkey Erythrocebus patas, a largely ground-dwelling monkey of the Sahel.|
|Warthog Phacochoerus africanus.|
|Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris; found across sub-Saharan Africa, and a personal favourite.|
|Knob-billed Ducks Sarkidiornis melanotos have a remarkable distribution across Africa, southern Asia|
and South America, but are never common and I was glad to see these.
|Black Crowned Cranes Balearica pavonina in formation.|
This beautiful bird is the national bird emblem of Uganda, and is unusual among
cranes in its preference for arid habitats. It is a threatened species.
|Vieillot's Barbet Lybius vieilloti, another Sahel special.|
African barbets are regarded now as quite separate from their American namesakes.
|Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus, one of the common birds of the Sahel,|
but not one I could ever tire of.
|Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus (what an immodest collection of |
adjectives!) is much more widespread than the next starling.
Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher, yet another Sahel specialist, and an attractive one again.
|African Swallow-tailed Kite Chelictinia riocourii, holding its wings out, hoping |
for a scrap of breeze to cool it.
|Ethiopian Swallows Hirundo aethiopica.|
|White-throated Bee-eaters Merops albicollis breed in the Sahara itself, and come |
this far south for winter.
|African Silverbills Lonchura cantans hung about in the shade near the accommodation,|
but still did their share of panting.
|There'll be many such Waza sunsets through the thorn trees long after we've stopped|
making a mess of things.